Pranay Sinha

Are Emerging Donors Different from Established Donors? A Comparison of Existing Policies and Practice

Supervisors: Michael Hubbard and Heather Marquette

In this dynamic aid architecture, the donor spectrum has witnessed an unprecedented growth in the number of official donors where historically established donors have provided large part of aid financing but nowadays emerging donors, in which China, India and Brazil spearhead the multi-polar donor community, are continuously increasing their respective aid financing. My research attempts to compare the existing policies and practice of emerging donors and seeks to answer in what ways they are different and similar from the policies and practice of established Donors.


Pranay Sinha is a doctoral candidate and a part time research fellow in the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham. Having completed his second Masters studies in Aid Management at Birmingham in 2009, he moved back to India to work as a Public Finance Specialist for a UNDP funded project with Department of Administrative Reforms, Govt. of NCT of Delhi. Prior to that he worked with the UNDP and was seconded to the Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India for establishing Coordination & Decision Support System on external aid after four years spent working with the ADB and the World Bank poverty reduction projects in western India.

He is presently involved with Michael Hubbard in an aid data research funded by DFID through its Future of Aid and Beyond Research Competition 2010-11.


  • Certificate Course in Development Diplomacy from the Diplo Foundation, Malta 2009
  • Masters in Aid Management with Distinction from IDD, University of Birmingham, UK under ‘Economic Governance, Finance and Public Administration’ segment of British Chevening Scholarship (2008-09)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development from Xavier Institute of Social Service, India (2000-02)

Research interests

  • Aid Transparency
  • Aid Effectiveness Index
  • Non DAC / Emerging Donors (Southern Providers)
  • South-South Development Cooperation
  • Development Politics

Teaching responsibilities

  • Small Group Tutor for the Development Politics module with IDD (Semester II, 2011)

Conference papers

‘Can a Useful Aid Effectiveness Index Be Designed Using the Paris Declaration Criteria and Survey Data? Presented at an Aid Transparency and Development Finance Conference in Oxford. (March 2010)

A background research paper titled ‘An Overview of Development Aid in 2040’ in High Level Policy Forum – After 2015: Promoting Pro Poor Policy after the MDGs organized at Brussels (June 2009)

‘Looking beyond India's Development Cooperation Program: Opportunities and Threats for East Africa’ in a conference on ‘Contemporary India-East Africa relations: Shifting terrains of engagement’ at The British Institute in Eastern Africa, Kenya (April 2009)

‘An Analysis of India’s Aid Absorption Capacity through “Pipeline” Effect Lens’ in a research conference on “Solutions for a Complex World: Governance, Aid Effectiveness, Conflict and Crisis’’ at Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, The Netherlands (November 2008)


Sinha, P. (2010) in ‘Indian Development Cooperation to Africa’ in the Rise of China and India in Africa: Challenges, Opportunities and Critical Interventions edited by Fantu Cheru & Cyril Obi Zed Books, London

Scott, Z., Hubbard, M. and Sinha, P., 2010, ‘The Future of the Paris Agenda’, GSDRC Issues Paper, University of Birmingham.

Scott, Z., Hubbard, M. and Sinha, P., 2010, ‘The Impact of the ‘Aid Effectiveness Agenda on Poverty Outcomes: An Analytical Review’, GSDRC Research Paper, University of Birmingham.

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