Aid allocation of the emerging Central and Eastern European donors

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This paper examines the main characteristics of the (re-)emerging foreign aid policies of the Visegrád countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia), concentrating on the allocation of their aid resources. I adopt an econometric approach, similar to the ones used in the literature, for analysing the aid allocation of the OECD DAC donors. Using this approach, I examine the various factors that influence aid allocation of the Visegrád countries, using data for the years between 2001 and 2008. The most important conclusion is that the amount of aid a partner country gets from the four emerging donors is not influenced by the level of poverty or the previous performance of the recipients (measured by the level of economic growth or the quality of institutions). The main determining factor seems to be geographic proximity, as countries in the Western Balkans and the Post-Soviet region receive much more aid from the Visegrád countries than other recipients. Historical ties (pre-1989 development relations) and international obligations in the cases of Afghanistan and Iraq are also found to be significant explanatory factors. This allocation is in line with the foreign political and economic interests of these new donors. Although there are clear similarities between the four donors, this paper also identifies some individual country characteristics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-89
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of International Relations and Development
Issue number1
Early online date23 Sept 2011
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

Bibliographical note

This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Szent-Iványi, B. (2012). Aid allocation of the emerging Central and Eastern European donors. Journal of International Relations and Development, 15(1), 65-89. . The definitive publisher-authenticated version Journal of International Relations and Development is available online at:


  • aid allocation
  • emerging donors
  • foreign aid
  • Visegrád countries


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