ABSTRACTS OF DRAFT PAPERS
These abstracts are summaries of draft chapters of the monograph I am currently working on, which is the main output of the project.

Do Emergent Donors Exist? 

A convenient label for the various newcomers within the landscape of Official Development Aid (ODA) policies, “emergent donor” is also a particularly ambiguous concept. Although the new additions to the OECD list of donors are an often-quoted assessment of the “emergent” character, both academic and policy scholarship frequently use the term to refer also to other countries not appearing on this list and usually without defining its conceptual limits. So what exactly is an emergent donor of international development?  Are all new donors also emergent donors? How do emergent donors emerge? Can emergent donors be also recipients of aid? What is the minimal financial input threshold to qualify as emergent donor? When is a past but interrupted ODA experience relevant? How long does it take to no longer be emergent but a well-established donor? This chapter explores such questions through conceptual analysis tools and aims to investigate to what extent the concept could be meaningfully built on more complex foundations than the usual (macro)economic indicators.

An advanced draft will be presented in 2015 at the Global South Caucus Conference of the International Studies Association, which will take place in Singapore between 8 and 10 January (see program)


Imagining international economy and a better world: Non-business related perspectives on CSR in EU emergent donors of international development aid

With the accession to the European Union, the countries that joined the organization since 2004 onwards were required through the full adoption of the acquis communautaire to (re)establish consistent policies and structures aimed to foster international cooperation for development. Although traditionally built largely around economic (trade) arrangements, the international development policies in most of these thirteen countries have followed a different path. Most importantly, the main stakeholders leading the public agenda have been the governmental structures (usually specialized units within the ministries of foreign affairs) and national platforms of non-governmental organizations working in development (NGDOs), while the business environment is the least connected to the national community and public debates on the topic. Field research conducted by the author during the last two years in these countries indicates that both the governmental structures and the non-governmental sector seem to relate the economic aspects of the international cooperation for development to corporate social responsibility (CSR). But how exactly do they imagine this relation and what is CSR for them? The chapter explores these questions through an analysis of official documents issued by the governments and the NGDO platforms and drawing on interviews conducted by the author with representatives of these stakeholders.  

A first version of this chapter was presented at the 4th Organisational Governance Conference that took place in Bucharest at the Academy of Economic Studies between 15th and 16th of September 2014 (see program)