Under the radar: 5 aid donors you may not have heard of

First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond welcomes Malawi President Joyce Banda on her official visit to Scotland. Through its International Development Fund, Scotland now spends 9 million pounds ($14. 9 million) in development assistance to seven sub-Saharan and South Asian countries, including Malawi. Photo by: Scottish Government / CC BY-NC

Several years after bursting onto the development scene, emerging donors are showing few signs of slowing down. Despite modest growth at home, BRIC nations have largely stayed the course in expanding the scale and reach of their aid programs worldwide. Meanwhile, Turkey and Arab donors have stepped up their aid engagement in the Middle East even further, determined to capitalize on the regional power vacuum left by the Arab Spring.

Beyond the BRICs and other emerging economies, however, there are a number of up-and-coming donors that have entered the fray but have mostly eluded the attention and scrutiny of the development community. Here are five of those donors.

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    Lorenzo Piccio

    Lorenzo is a contributing analyst for Devex. Previously Devex's senior analyst for development finance in Manila, he is currently an MA candidate in international economics and international development at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington. Lorenzo holds a bachelor's degree in government and social studies from Wesleyan University.