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East Asia


The YSI East Asia working group discusses the effectiveness of the current international development paradigm with particular focus on the effectiveness of international aid, the growing recognition to the need to steer towards localization and contextualization of development approaches.

The YSI East Asia working group focuses on discussing the effectiveness of the current international development paradigm. This includes discussion on the effectiveness of international aid, the growing recognition to the need to steer towards localization and contextualization of development approaches.

The working group is divided into different sections each inviting leaders in their field to speak on topics of relevance to them. The group aims to work around the following themes:

  • Effectiveness of current international development paradigm; experiences and insights
  • Emergence of International Philanthropy Organizations
  • Challenges being faced by International Development Paradigm
  • Success of conditionality driven policy reforms
  • International development goal setting such as MDGs and SDGs
  • Best practice paradox, failure of one size fits all
  • Business as usual or rethinking
  • Proposals for reshaping international development paradigm


If you are interested in joining the Working Group or want to know more, please join the Young Scholars Initiative or send an E-Mail to the Coordinator

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