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Innovation is a fundamental element for developing countries’ development. For instance, the innovation process should be integral to a country’s development plan for it to achieve high standard socio-economic development. For this reason, the global development agenda in the contemporary era underline innovation as a crucial issue to be addressed within development assistance programs. The Global North as traditional donors predominantly contend that innovation should be supported by high private sector development (PSD), and therefore, emphasizes this agenda to be delivered through their foreign aid schemes. However, this character differs considerably as compared to new emerging donors with insufficient PSD capacity, such as Indonesia. This paper aims to examine Indonesia’s technical assistance (TAC) to Timor-Leste and scrutinizes whether or not it supports the innovation development of the receiving country.

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Why is it important?

This study shows that Indonesia as an emerging economic has the capability to support innovation development of other developing countries. It was a new area of study but has a lot of potential to be explored such as effectiveness and interests.

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This article is important as an initial step to deliberate Indonesia's foreign assistance in international development discourse. I believe that emerging economy-country like Indonesia has potential capacity to provide better development assistance to promote innovation development and better economic cooperation among Southerners. Because of that IRs, or IPE scholars should enhance research about the emerging economies on the its way to conduct international economic and development cooperation for more equal and strong relations in the future.

Ahmad Hidayat
Universitas Indonesia

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This page is a summary of: Technical assistance for innovation development from and to developing country, International Journal of Development Issues, July 2019, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/ijdi-11-2018-0184.
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