EUCAM Working Paper - No. 8

EU Assistance to Central Asia: Back to the Drawing Board?


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European Union (EU) assistance in general and to Central Asia in particular is a complicated, many sided and fairly opaque business. Over a seven-year period, 719 million Euros were to be set aside for assistance to the region through the new EU Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI). This EUCAM working paper aims to shed light on EU assistance. It addresses the ‘what’, ‘where’ and ‘how’ of EU assistance to Central Asian republics. The ‘why’ question is beyond the scope of this paper, but stands central in many other EUCAM publications. The paper concludes with recommendations that apply to EU assistance over the medium and long terms.

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Before joining the Centre for European Security Studies in 2016, Boonstra worked as senior researcher, and later as head of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia programme at FRIDE, a think tank with offices in Madrid and Brussels. He completed MAs in Contemporary History and International Relations at the University of Groningen. His work focuses on Eurasian and transatlantic security issues (in particular EU, NATO and OSCE policies) as well as on development policies and democratisation in Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia. Boonstra is member of several internal research networks and regularly comments on international issues in the media.
Head of Advocacy, Save the Children, Brussels Jacqueline Hale leads the organisation’s policy advocacy towards the EU around humanitarian crises, as well as multilateral processes such as the post-2015 framework and G20. Prior to joining Save the Children Jacqui worked for the Open Society Foundations as a Senior Policy Analyst overseeing work on EU external policy relating to human rights, Central Asia and the EU’s Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood and supporting a network of local civil society organisations dedicated to human rights, democracy and accountability. Jacqui worked at the European Parliament from 2002-2006 in various positions for the Labour party. She has frequently been invited to speak on EU policy, both in Europe and the field, and has been a guest lecturer at the universities of Oxford, Ghent and Tbilisi. She holds a MA in International Relations from Sussex.