ECONOMY AND AID

In 2012, India set up its aid agency called the Development Partnership Administration (DPA) which will streamline its current aid and technical cooperation programmes in the developing world. The setting up of the DPA offers avenues for civil society groups to engage with the Government both in terms of monitoring as well as collaboration. Groupings such as IBSA (through the poverty alleviation fund) and BRICS (via the soon to be established New Development Bank) are also likely to become important actors in the world of aid and development finance. The SSI will aim to conduct research on existing aid and technical cooperation projects and actively work with various groups to ensure a strong civil society voice at the DPA and other platforms.