New Zealand and the Colombo Plan in the long 1950s

Lowe, David 2020, New Zealand and the Colombo Plan in the long 1950s, History Australia, no. Lastest Articles, doi: 10.1080/14490854.2020.1843362.

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Title New Zealand and the Colombo Plan in the long 1950s
Author(s) Lowe, DavidORCID iD for Lowe, David
Journal name History Australia
Issue number Lastest Articles
Total pages 17
Publisher Taylor & Francis Australasia
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2020-11-20
ISSN 1449-0854
Keyword(s) New Zealand
Colombo Plan
foreign aid
Summary This article suggests that the Colombo Plan provided significant ways for New Zealand governments to engage cautiously with the process of decolonisation in Asia and to perform New Zealand to the world. The Colombo Plan facilitated New Zealand’s experience of post-war conference diplomacy when Wellington hosted the annual meeting of the Colombo Plan’s Consultative Committee in 1956, New Zealand’s first such international diplomatic meeting of this kind. One well-promoted aspect of New Zealand’s involvement in the Colombo Plan was its sponsorship of Asian students. In addition, having promoted themselves as ‘the empire’s dairy farm’ in the interwar years, New Zealand governments offered milk as development assistance and as a means of connecting Asia’s needs with their own national story. Through the long 1950s the Colombo Plan was helpfully suggestive to New Zealand politicians and civil servants interested in what the changing international landscape meant for their role in a decolonising world; and as a case study, it is also suggestive for what it offers to historians of development more generally.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14490854.2020.1843362
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 2003 Language Studies
2103 Historical Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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