Does South Africa deserve its emerging donor status?

The South African flag. Is the aid community giving the country more credit as an emerging donor than it deserves? Photo by: flowcomm / CC BY

There was much fanfare across the South African government after parliament approved in 2009 the initial concept of the establishment of the South African Development Partnership Agency. Officials across different government departments made trips abroad to learn about different aid models, donor approaches and other details necessary in building their own aid agency.

But more than five years since, the international aid community has yet to witness any development toward SADPA’s operationalization. The bill necessary for its realization has yet to pass parliament and has reportedly not even received Cabinet-level approval.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.