Title: The allocation of Czech foreign aid in Sub-Saharan Africa: the influence of historical relationships

Authors: Zdeněk Opršal; Jaromír Harmáček; Miroslav Syrovátka

Addresses: Department of Development Studies, Palacky University Olomouc, 17.listopadu 12, 771 46 Olomouc, Czech Republic ' Department of Development Studies, Palacky University Olomouc, 17.listopadu 12, 771 46 Olomouc, Czech Republic ' Department of Development Studies, Palacky University Olomouc, 17.listopadu 12, 771 46 Olomouc, Czech Republic

Abstract: This paper addresses the allocation of foreign aid from the Czech Republic to the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. Although the Czech Republic is seen as an emerging donor, the history of Czech development assistance dates back to the period of the communist regime in Czechoslovakia prior to 1989. This article attempts to shed light on the role of historical factors in the allocation of Czech aid in the new millennium. Regression analyses are performed on factors that could influence the territorial allocation of donors. The main finding is that the amount of aid flowing to individual Sub-Saharan African countries is significantly influenced by historical factors, while the economic levels of recipient countries also have some relevance. Other factors of aid allocation, such as good governance and division of labour among donors, were not proved to be significant.

Keywords: aid allocation; communist regime; Czechoslovakia; Czech Republic; emerging donors; foreign aid; history; Sub-Saharan Africa; SSA; historical relationships.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEPEE.2016.081401

International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies, 2016 Vol.9 No.4, pp.325 - 343

Available online: 06 Jan 2017 *

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