Professor David Lowe
Professor Lowe is a Smuts Visiting Fellow at the Centre of South Asian Studies and Clare Hall and holds a Chair in Contemporary History at Deakin University in Australia
Entangling international history in the 1950s: The Colombo Plan for aid to South and Southeast Asia.
In the wake of the Second World War, new aid programmes for decolonising Asia created the need for meetings and collaborations between a new cohort of officials who travelled to conferences and generated publicity about their efforts in ways that we might call ‘soft regionalism’. I consider one of the best known of these programmes, the Colombo Plan, for its cultivation of North-South exchanges and for how it has since been remembered.