The project "Institutional Features, Discourse Patterns and Impact of EU Emergent Donors in International Development" aims to offer the first in-depth comparative research of the Official Development Aid donors that joined the European Union between 2004 and 2013 (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia).

Drawing on both international relations and comparative politics scholarship, as well as on a rich collection of first hand sources, this project joins the international debate on emerging donors, 
investigating to what extent these donors are different from traditional development aid donors through an examination of their representations, arguments and behavior in international development, and aiming to identify their features and impact in this field. 

The project also draws upon democratization literature, especially research on the way in which the democratization processes have affected foreign policy strategies in matters of international development, as well as the impact of public opinion on such strategies.

Project coordinator (Principal Investigator): Dr.Luciana Alexandra GHICA
Team members: Dr. Gabriel BĂDESCU, Dr.Luciana Alexandra GHICA
Host institution: Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest, Romania (2013) & Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, University Babes-Bolyai Cluj-Napoca, Romania (2014-2015)
Implementation period: 01.05.2013-29.10.2015
Funding: 299 860 RON (cca. 70 000 Euro). The project is supported by a grant of the Romanian Ministry of Education, CNCS-UEFISCDI (project no. PN-II-RU-PD-2012-3-0356, contract 93/2014).