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Technical cooperation within the context of foreign aid: trends for the CEE countries in transition (1991-2004)
University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
Public Administration at the Department of Public Administration, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
2009 (English)In: International Review of Administrative Sciences, ISSN 0020-8523, E-ISSN 1461-7226, Vol. 75, no 4, 565-584 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article investigates technical assistance (TA) to CEE countries in relation to development aid in general. There is plenty of literature examining the foreign aid, but specific components of aid, like technical assistance, remain largely unexplored. One debate about development aid focuses on whether aid is primarily given to improve the situation in the recipient countries or if this improvement is simply a side-effect from aid based on political-military factors. This article argues that development aid, unlike technical assistance, is often provided based on political-military factors with the accompanying side-effect of improving the situation. To investigate aid money to CEE countries during their transition (1990-2004), we used data from OECD DAC that distinguishes technical assistance as a component of foreign aid. The analysis shows that the foreign aid to CEE countries in general seems to have been largely determined by political factors while the money provided for TA is shown to be especially determined by the recipient countries' needs. The technical assistance has proved to be much more sustainable. The article concludes that empirical research should analyze the components of aid separately.

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Sage Publications, 2009. Vol. 75, no 4, 565-584 p.
Keyword [en]
countries in transition, foreign aid, improving governance, technical assistance
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Social Sciences
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Humanities and Social sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-4581DOI: 10.1177/0020852309351482ISI: 000273425900002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-77949358393OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-4581DiVA: diva2:388847
Available from: 2011-01-18 Created: 2011-01-18 Last updated: 2016-05-31Bibliographically approved

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