This Article is written by Varoon Bakshi.
- India has set up this global aid agency along the lines of USAID and Britain’s Dept of International Development.
- The new agency is called the Development Partnership Administration.
- It is basically a division under the control of the MEA.
- It has a corpus of 15 billion US Dollars, money to be spent in the next 5 years.
- The agency will oversee all development partnership projects that India will undertake in developing and underdeveloped nations around the world. Main aim is to streamline implementation of projects.
- The organisation does not consider itself a donor, it considers itself as an organisation which enters into development partnerships because various development experiences between nations can be shared on such a platform.
- More than 60 countries benefit from Indian sponsored projects. India’s efforts in providing aid to other nations: -
- (1) Post-war reconstruction projects in Sri Lanka
- (2) Bhutan is biggest recipient of Indian aid (Rs 1,330 cr in 2010-11) for hydroelectric power projects
- (3) Road connectivity projects with Myanmar, which will connect the India's Mizoram with the Myanmar port of Sittwe.
- (4) Development projects in Afghanistan including recent plans to export more than 1.5 lakh tonnes of wheat to it and a promise of 2 Billion Dollars of loan assistance to Afghanistan
- (5) 1 Billion Dollar line of credit to Bangladesh
- India gives loans, credit, and provides manpower training to foreign nations under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC)
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