Hungary, Poland, Romania were the first Soviet bloc countries to receive foreign aid in early 1980s, which conflicts with communist ideology.
The beginning of the collapse of the Communist Regimes in the Soviet bloc countries of Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia saw these countries receive aid for the first time in 1989. Soviet bloc countries continue to soley receive aid from 1995 to 2006.
It is interesting to note that the start of the 2007-2008 global financial crisis coincided with the time period when many countries went from being receivers to donors: Czech Republic, Hungary, Korea, Qatar, Taiwan, Slovakia. Since 2011, Poland, Slovenia, UAE joined this group of countries.
Percentage change in given donation amounts do not vary much over the years per country.
The slowdown of Japanese economy saw aid given by Japan diminish for the first time in early 2000s.
Germany’s willingness to continue giving large amounts of aid was undermined by the financial, economic, and political costs of reunification.
Percentage change in in aid amount received by specific countries over the years were more obvious.
After initial injection of aid to Czech Republic, Romania, Estonia, Latvia, these countries saw a slight drop in the amount of aid in the late 1990s. Reductions in aid could be driven by the disappearance of an important motive for aid: an instrument for fighting communism.
GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT AID
DONORS AND RECIPIENTS
In many countries the increasing burden of foreign debt suggests that new aid, particularly loans, would only compound the problem. An ideology of international political economy that privileges private capital flows and trade over aid is becoming increasingly influential, shifting responsibility for development to the developing and transition economies themselves.
AidData maintains the most comprehensive project-level database tracking international development finance and have publically released the data. This visualization is based on data of bilateral development aid between 1973 and 2013 collected by AidData. It aims to answer questions on how country-to-country aid flows have changed over time and serves as an exploration tool of donations distributed across countries.
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42 donors committed $367 Billion in country to country aid. While over half of the 42 donors are in Europe, United States and Japan accounted for over half of the $367 Billion aid. India is the biggest recipient of aid.
How are donations distributed across countries? Select a donor or
recipient country from the dropdown or click one on the map to explore. To filter by year, select a year from the dropdown or scrub your mouse over the timeline chart. Top 5 donor countries are highlighted on the map.
Overall growth of development aid has slowed down since early 2000s. Most countries swing heavily in a direction, either as a net donor or recipient country through decades as shown by the strong colors of the bubbles.