The Future of Multilateral Development Cooperation

Sources NSI-INS

The North-South Institute (NSI, focal point of Social Watch in Canada), with support from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), has convened the 2011 NSI Forum, that will take place in Ottawa on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st under the title “The Future of Multilateral Development Cooperation in a Changing Global Order”.

Over the two-day forum, academics, policy makers, and civil society and private sector actors wil examine the role of (re)emerging donors in relation to multilateral institutions and focus on issues related to the changing international landscape. The BRICS and private sector donors present new challenges and opportunities for multilateral development cooperation.

They will also look at how to strengthen the multilateral system and provide recommendations on how bilateral donors can support multilateral development efforts in a way that produces both effective aid and development outcomes.

Issues that will be addressed include the effectiveness of multilateral development aid versus other forms of cooperation; comparative advantages, critiques and future roles of major multilateral donors; multilateral development cooperation effectiveness under the aid effectiveness agenda and other ongoing initiatives; challenges and opportunities for multilateral development cooperation legitimacy, representation and relevance; conventional multilateralism and South-South cooperation comparisons; and the future of the multilateral system in the 21st century.

Some of the speakers that will participate in the forum are Joseph Ingram (President, The North-South Institute), Roberto Bissio (Executive Director, Third World Institute, and Coordinator of Social Watch), Joaquim Alberto Chissano (Former President of the Republic of Mozambique and Chairperson of the Joaquim Chissano Foundation), Beverley J. Oda (Canadian Minister of International Cooperation), Winston Dookeran (Minister of Finance, Trinidad and Tobago), Margaret Biggs (President, Canadian International Development Agency) and Pradeep Kakkattill (Chief, Aid Effectiveness and Country Capacity Division, UNAIDS).