Evolution of Icelandic and Czech development cooperation in the context of OECD DAC membership: Potential directions for the Baltics

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AfriKo research team led by Lukas Ivanauskas feels full of nerdy excitement sharing with you the results of the research that kept us busy during the quarantine period.

Some our takeaways:

🎯 What initially intended to be a small policy brief eventually developed into a larger paper as we have struggled to put aside the amount of insights gathered analysing DAC reviews and conducting interviews on Icelandic 🇮🇸 and Czech 🇨🇿 development cooperation policy;
🎯 We found OECD DAC and its members’ activities a fruitful research topic and there is definitely room for expanding our work in the future (we perceive this paper as introductory research, acknowledging its limited scope and its implications to our conclusions);
🎯 Our research falls in line with the current DAC’s agenda to intensify its engagements with CSOs, as we both analysed the topic and had to navigate between our own perceptions as a CSO and academic impartiality. It was also interesting to notice differences in how various DAC members (and Baltic states) value inputs of their CSOs;
🎯 The openness and professionalism of our Icelandic 🇮🇸 and Czech 🇨🇿 interviewees who dedicated their time and agreed to sincerely share their critical opinions was truly inspiring – we need more of this in Lithuania;
🎯 Though none of the Baltics are OECD DAC members, their perceptions and involvement with this knowledge powerhouse are not uniform. To learn more about the differences, dive into our paper.