From An Aid-recipient Country: The Rise of Brazil as A Donor

Brazil, which has moved from being an aid recipient to a donor, is proud about the quality of its development assistance.

Brazil’s official development cooperation funds reached $50 million last year, triple the 2009 levels, according to figures from the Brazilian Agency for Cooperation, or ABC, of the Ministry of Foreign Relations. 

Marco Farani, who heads ABC, acknowledged that “that’s not much” as compared to funds provided by industrialized countries. 

“But it is very important,” because Brazil’s aid, he told IPS, is “personalized,” noting a contrast with traditional donors that tap consultants and non-governmental organizations to manage their aid funding. 

By personalized, Farani is referring to the use of technicians and experts who share and help apply public strategies and programs that have already been successful in Brazil, in partner countries.

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.