Brazil’s unremitting economic growth, coupled with the unprecedented dynamism injected by former President Lula da Silva into foreign policy, has projected the country into the international arena. The country is also expanding its development cooperation across the Global South at record rates, drawing on successful public policies and research on a variety of fields, most notably health and tropical agriculture. Internally, Brazilian authorities face a country with a complex political architecture and some critical development challenges, notably social inequality and urban security, and where overseas development is yet to emerge as a policy (and indeed as political) issue in its own right.
This APGOOD event will discuss Brazil’s emergence in international development against the backdrop of the world’s changing aid architecture and Brazil’s maturing democracy and explore the future prospects for Brazil’s cooperation agenda and its position in global affairs.
Minister Marco Farani, Director of the Brazilian Cooperation Agency since 2008, will provide an account of Brazil’s cooperation principles and practice.
Jonathan Glennie, ODI Research Fellow, an expert in development finance policy who has written a well-received book on the subject, will talk about the aid landscape as it stands and discuss the role Brazil can play in it.
Rt Hon David Laws MP, who also chairs the All Party Parliament Group on Overseas Development, will act as our chair.