Understanding Hungary's support for persecuted Christians: Scrutinising religious motives for giving aid

Beata Paragi, Balázs Szent-Iványi

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Abstract

Religion is increasingly acknowledged as a driving force behind development processes; however, it has received little attention as a motivation for donors to give aid. The paper analyses the stated motivations and hidden agendas behind the Hungarian government’s ‘Hungary Helps’ aid programme, aimed at supporting Christian communities in the Global South and reducing migration to Europe. The programme fits with the government’s rhetoric on religion and migration, however, the paper reveals inconsistencies that suggest further motivations. While there is little evidence that there was domestic demand for such a programme, it has been used instrumentally to increase Hungary’s influence among Christian interest groups and their political allies in the US.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProgress in Development Studies
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 15 Oct 2023

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