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Call for Papers: Central and Eastern European Countries as ODA Donors: (more than) 20 years of experience. Accepted panel at the 2nd Congress of the Polish Association for International Studies, Krakow, 6-8 November 2024.

Deadline: 30 June

Please note the conference is in person although a hybrid option is available. For more information see

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Panel abstract

After 20 years of donor activity in international development cooperation, the Central and Eastern European (CEE) states have built their systems and structures for aid delivery and increased ODA expenditure. Most of them have also joined the OECD Development Assistance Committee. The 20th anniversary constitutes a premise to summarise CEE countries' aid efforts and discuss their future as ODA donors. Even though some states started providing (limited) development assistance in the late 1990s, they formally became aid donors only in 2004 while joining the European Union. Before they were recognised as emerging donors, those countries, previously part of the USRR or the Eastern bloc and undergoing transition after 1989, were eligible to receive Official Aid / Official Development Assistance. During the panel, we will consider, among other things, the determinants of the CEE countries' donor status; similarities and differences between individual CEE donors, as well as between them and "traditional" donors; the evolution of their position in the international development cooperation; motivations and interests in providing assistance; aid allocation paths; fulfilment of international obligations; contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals implementation; national and international aid discourse. We welcome papers on any of the countries in the region or comparative papers.

Dr. Monika Szynol, Instytut Nauk Politycznych, Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach

Prof. Simon Lightfoot, University of Leeds