What do Private Companies Prioritise When Implementing International Development Projects? Evidence from Four Central and Eastern European Donors

Abstract

As donors channel more of their development assistance through private companies, a discussion is growing on what this shift means for international development. This paper focuses on four Central European donors, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, who have recently implemented new incentives to promote the greater engagement of the private sector in their international development programmes. The paper uses new survey data of project managers at organisations implementing aid projects funded by these four donors to explore how private actors differ in their approaches to aid implementation. The analysis reveals that the type of implementing organisation does not affect their focus on internal project goals (budget, schedule, and scope), but project managers at private firms consider long-term impact and economic sustainability of the project less important. These findings support claims that for-profit organisations exercise a short-term approach to satisfy funders, but lack a deeper focus on long-term development.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/08039410.2023.2294077
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Politics, History and International Relations
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Aston Centre for Europe
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Forum for Development Studies. Gabriela Dufková & Balázs Szent-Iványi (2024) What do Private Companies Prioritise When Implementing International Development Projects? Evidence from Four Central and Eastern European Donors, Forum for Development Studies, DOI: 10.1080/08039410.2023.2294077. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Poisson regression,development projects,international development,marketisation of aid,private companies,project goals,Geography, Planning and Development,Development
Publication ISSN: 1891-1765
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2024 07:20
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2023 11:44
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2024-01-02
Published Online Date: 2024-01-02
Accepted Date: 2023-12-07
Authors: Dufková, Gabriela
Szent-Iványi, Balázs (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-5883-4601)

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