Development cooperation in the context of contested global governance

Sachin Chaturvedi, Heiner Janus, Stephan Klingebiel, Li Xiaoyun, André de Mello e Souza, Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, Dorothea Wehrmann

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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has successfully set a normative framework for global cooperation, including development cooperation. Yet, the implementation of this agenda is characterised by power struggles and unresolved contestations. Hence, it is uncertain whether the 2030 Agenda will be achieved. Therefore, a key question is how different narratives and norms in development cooperation can be reconciled to achieve the 2030 Agenda. As a response and guiding framework, this chapter explores the concept of "contested cooperation", drawing on research on contested global governance and contested multilateralism. Applying this conceptual perspective not only yields theoretical insights but also helps in better understanding the practical challenges that development actors face in implementing the 2030 Agenda.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Development Cooperation for Achieving the 2030 Agenda
Subtitle of host publicationContested Collaboration
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9783030579388
ISBN (Print)9783030579371
StatePublished - 30 Nov 2020

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  • 2030 Agenda
  • Contested cooperation
  • Development cooperation
  • Global governance
  • Multilateralism
  • Sustainable Development Goals


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