The Russian Federation's International Development Assistance Programme: A State of the Debate Report

IDS Rising Powers in International Development

50 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2016

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Marina Larionova

Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) - Center for Studies of International Institutions

Mark Rakhmangulov

Center for International Institutions Research (CIIR)

Marc Berenson

King's College London

Date Written: August 4, 2014

Abstract

Russia is unique among emerging donors for being a ‘re-emerging’ donor: the Soviet Union was one of the largest donor countries in the world, and Russia’s period as an aid recipient was relatively brief. Russian development cooperation is driven by key security and economic priorities, as well as resulting from commitments made to multilateral organisations. Russian official development assistance, according to official government sources, increased fivefold in the period 2004–11. Given a series of Russian presidencies in major international institutions, starting with the G20 in 2013, Russia is both interested in and well positioned to take new international initiatives through which it can promote its national priorities in the global agenda. This report discusses Russia’s growing role as a ‘re-emerging’ development cooperation partner, its increasing leadership in multilateral initiatives and the changing domestic policy landscape in Russia. It is unlikely that the global development cooperation agenda can be defined without strong participation by Russia, both as an individual actor and as a member of the G8, G20 and BRICS. It is therefore crucial for established donor countries to develop a clear understanding of Russian priorities.

Keywords: Russia, development cooperation, ODA, aid effectiveness, MDGs, debt relief, energy poverty, education, health, food aid, agriculture development

JEL Classification: F35

Suggested Citation

Larionova, Marina and Rakhmangulov, Mark and Berenson, Marc, The Russian Federation's International Development Assistance Programme: A State of the Debate Report (August 4, 2014). IDS Rising Powers in International Development , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2487124

Marina Larionova (Contact Author)

Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) - Center for Studies of International Institutions ( email )

Mark Rakhmangulov

Center for International Institutions Research (CIIR) ( email )

Vernadskogo Prospect 82
Sredny av. V.O., 57/43
Moscow, St. Petersburg 119571
Russia

Marc Berenson

King's College London ( email )

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United Kingdom

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