Jonathan Glennie

The future of global cooperation is circular

Join #KAPTalks with Jonathan Glennie of Global Nation on 14th November on international cooperation and human development in 21st century. Register here to attend the event.

Tuesday 14.11.2023

In the 20th century, international cooperation was characterized by a grand conceptual separation between so-called “developed” and “developing” countries. Developed countries were not only the source of financial assistance to other parts of the world, but they were also presented as sources of knowledge and experience. Misconceived, this approach is obviously anachronistic today, as decolonial and other modern narratives begin to dominate debates. But the structures left behind by this way of thinking are still very much in place. 

As the paradigm shifts to a more holistic approach in which all countries and communities have an important role to play in shaping the future of human cooperation, new institutions and approaches are needed to represent an updated way of working together. The concept of Circular Cooperation supports a modern approach to international cooperation that goes beyond the traditional vertical ones.  

First, all parts of the world are encouraged and enabled to contribute their perspectives, experiences and insights to solving global challenges. Second, all countries (not just the wealthiest) are encouraged to contribute material resources (including money) to the effort, thus shifting in status from recipient to co-contributor and ensuring a more substantial seat at the decision-making table.In both aspects of Circular Cooperation there are lessons to be learnt from the EU’s regional integration experience for global institutions and processes.  

We cannot respond to the profound challenges our world faces – from conflict to pandemics, from worsening poverty to climate change – without a profound shift in perspective and action. With its more democratic and respectful approach to development, Circular Cooperation does not relieve wealthier parts of the world of their responsibility to contribute more, but it does add substantially to the resources – both intellectual and material – with which to build a better world.  

Join #KAPTalks with Jonathan Glennie, co-founder of Global Nation, to explore the concept of circular cooperation to redefine international development. 

The lecture is hosted by the Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius. 

When: 14th November 2023 at 12:30 Vilnius time / 11:30 CET 

Where:  LAB 102, Research and Innovation Center / Mykolas Romeris University, Didlaukio 55, Vilnius 

You can join the lecture by:

  • asking your questions to Jonathan Glennie via Twitter using #KAPTalks hashtag

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Jonathan Glennie is the cofounder of Global Nation and Author of “The future of aid: Global Public Investment”. 

Author of The Future of Aid (Routledge 2021), which first introduced the concept of Global Public Investment as a framework for reimagining development finance, and The Trouble with Aid (Zed 2008). Jonathan has held a range of senior posts including Director of Policy at Save the Children, Director of the Ipsos Sustainable Development Research Centre and Colombia Country Director at Christian Aid. He also led the work on the future of aid at ODI. He has been a regular columnist in the Guardian and other outlets. Since 2022, he is co-founder and director of the think tank Global Nation. 

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