For successful peacebuilding and development, a critical element is collaborative and contextualised partnership between donor agencies and aid recipients. Numerous examples of short-lived, ineffective partnership with donor-dominance have laid this down an axiom. Nevertheless, while normative criticisms of the neocolonial elements of partnerships has been extensively developed in the critical scholarship in Development Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies, little attempt has been made to theorise the ways to identify and develop such constructive aid partnership. Thus, the practice of sound aid partnership remains an area that requires ‘much greater progress’ and the United Nations set ‘partnership’ as one of its Sustainable Development Goals which forms its core priorities for the next 15 years.
This project aims to develop new theoretical platforms for promoting more inclusive and mutually-respectful aid partnerships. Key theoretical conceptual foundation in this project include the literature on local ownership, hybrid peace, post-liberal peacebuilding. Specifically, the proposed research targets three conceptual and theoretical objectives: - To contextualise the concepts relevant to aid partnership - To address donor-aid recipient power disparity - To promote more locally-driven models for peacebuilding and development - To examine existing forms of aid partnership in post-conflict societies