Central Asia and Eastern Europe

Central Asia and Eastern Europe share the legacy of socialist rule and the search for new models of political order. While East Central Europe took a Western path, the long term perspectives for the other sub-regions (Central Asia, the Caucasus, Eastern Europe and parts of Southeast Europe) remain uncertain even twenty years after the change. Some of the predominantly autocratic and neo-patrimonially organised regimes were able to use their natural resources for an economic boom. On the other hand, many countries remained economically unstable and/or politically fragile. Yet even the ‘economic boomers’, including Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and recently also Mongolia, have yet to prove the viability of their development models and manage the challenge of finding a balance between the winners and losers of the transformation.

Research at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) addresses the following questions:

  • What are the trajectories of the political, societal, economic and environmental transformation processes? And which logic do they follow?
  • How do these changes affect each other? And what effect does this reciprocity have on the outcome of reforms?
  • How can sustainable development perspectives be created?
  • How can these processes be supported externally in a constructive and crisis-preventive way?

Research staff

Publications

The Current Column

Russia and the German Energiewende – Is there a connection?
Ruchser, Matthias (2014)

The Current Column of 27 March 2014

The Lesson of Lampedusa – Why the EU and Africa Need a Strategic Partnership
Hackenesch, Christine / Svea Koch (2013)
The Current Column of 28 October 2013

Discussion Paper

How are we getting ready? The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the EU and its Member States: analysis and action so far
Niestroy, Ingeborg (2016)
Discussion Paper 9/2016

Towers of strength in turbulent times? Assessing the effectiveness of international support to peace and democracy in Kenya and Kyrgyzstan in the aftermath of interethnic violence
Fiedler, Charlotte (2015)
Discussion Paper 6/2015

Macroprudential Financial Market Regulation
Schmitz, Birgit (2013)
Discussion Paper 20/2013

Briefing Paper / Analysen und Stellungnahmen

The European Endowment for Democracy between Wishful Thinking and Reality. Flexible and
Unbureaucratic?
Leininger, Julia / Solveig Richter (2012)
Briefing Paper 11/2012

Der Europäische Demokratiefonds zwischen Wunsch und Wirklichkeit: flexibel und unbürokratisch?
Leininger, Julia / Solveig Richter (2012)
Analysen und Stellungnahmen 9/2012

External Publications

Modeling of FDI in business services: additional effects in case of Ukraine’s European integration
Olekseyuk, Zoryana (2016)
in: The Journal of International Trade & Economic Development 25 (7), 1010-1043

The institutionalization of river basin management as politics of scale: insights from Mongolia
Houdret, Annabelle / Ines Dombrowsky / Lena Horlemann (2014)
in: Journal of Hydrology 519

Institutionalising IWRM in developing and transition countries: the case of Mongolia
Horlemann, Lena / Ines Dombrowsky (2012)
in: Environmental Earth Sciences

The political economy of governance reform in Central Asia
Grävingholt, Jörn (2013)

The river basin as a new scale for water governance in transition countries? A comparative study of Mongolia and Ukraine
Dombrowsky, Ines / Nina Hagemann / Annabelle Houdret (2014)

Environmental Earth Sciences 72(12): 4705–4726

Which dimensions should matter for capabilities? A constitutional approach
Burchi, Francesco (2014)


A review of the literature on well-being in Italy: a human development perspective
Burchi, Francesco / Chiara Gnesi (2014)


A conceptual framework for measuring human development in a high income country
Burchi, Francesco / Pasquale De Muro (2014)


Is GlobalGAP certification sustainable? Evidence from Thailand
Holzapfel, Sarah / Meike Wollni (2014)
published on The Journal of Development Studies
DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2013.874558

Laat sporters en supporters minder vliegen
Pauw, Pieter (2014)

in: NRC Handelsblad 8.03.2014, 7

Tanken over de grens is juist duurder
Pauw, Pieter (2014)

in: NRC Handelsblad 11.02.2014

Gezeur over extra accijns op diesel en LPG is raar en kortzichtig
Pauw, Pieter (2014)

published on Duitslandnieuws also published in NRC Handelsblad 11.02.2014

Projects

Regional co-ordinator

Jörn Grävingholt

E-mail Joern.Graevingholt@remove-this.die-gdi.de
Phone+49 (0)228 94927-172
Fax +49 (0)228 94927-130

Highlight

The river basin as a new scale for water governance in transition countries? A comparative study of Mongolia and Ukraine

Dombrowsky, Ines / Nina Hagemann / Annabelle Houdret (2014)

in: Environmental Earth Sciences 72 (12), 4705–4726

Highlight

Cover: Journal of Hydrology

The institutionalization of river basin management as politics of scale: insights from Mongolia

Houdret, Annabelle / Ines Dombrowsky / Lena Horlemann (2014)
in: Journal of Hydrology 519, Part C: 2392-2404

Highlight

The impact of Russia on governance structures in Ukraine

Sushko, Oleksandr
Discussion Paper 24/2008

Highlight

The political economy of governance reform in Central Asia

Grävingholt, Jörn (2013)

in: Joachim Ahrens & Herman W. Hoen (eds), Institutional Reform in Central Asia: Politico-Economic Challenges, Routledge 2013