Geografie 2017, 122, 169-189

Geography of Czech aid: Where and why Czechia promotes development?

Zdeněk Opršal, Jaromír Harmáček, Miroslav Syrovátka

Palacký University Olomouc, Faculty of Science, Department of Development and Environmental Studies, Olomouc, Czechia

Received June 2016
Accepted December 2016

This article analyzes the territorial allocation of Czech development assistance. The first part of the article (sections 2 and 3) provides an overview of the historical development and territorial aspects of Czech aid. The second part (section 4) employs regression analysis to examine the determinants of territorial allocation of Czech aid over the period 1998–2013. Czech aid flows to favoured countries in a relative proximity to Czechia and to the countries inherited from the communist era. The results of the regression analysis show that in most cases it was Czech economic and political interests that played a role in determining the allocation of Czech aid as well as some of the factors that reflect the recipients’ needs and aid effectiveness.


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