Foreign Aid: Understanding the Debate [F-18-29]

Presenter: Kristin McKie
Location: SLU: Carnegie 10
Classes: 1 Session 1.5 hours
Dates: Fri 2:30 PM 10/05
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There’s always a debate about how much foreign aid the U.S. and other industrialized states should give to less-developed countries around the world, but many people don’t possess a full understanding of the ins and outs of the foreign aid enterprise. In this course, we’ll explore questions such as: What is foreign aid exactly? What does it fund (and how has that changed over time)? Who are the largest aid donors and recipients? What are the reasons donors give aid? Does foreign aid work? How can aid effectiveness be improved? Along the way, we’ll explore research from both “aid optimists” and “aid pessimists” to better understand both sides of the aid debate.

Kristin McKie is a political scientist who has been teaching in the Government Department and African Studies program at St. Lawrence for the past six years. A specialist in African politics, she has conducted field research on topics related to democracy, justice and the rule of law in Uganda, Zambia and Kenya.

NOTE: View presenter’s suggested links:

https://pols306.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/moyo-on-aid-in-africa-wsj.pdf 

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/future-development/2017/05/08/once-more-into-the-breach-does-foreign-aid-work/

https://www.devex.com/news/opinion-not-your-parents-foreign-aid-the-shift-from-power-to-proximity-and-poverty-91241
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Data about Foreign Aid: https://stats.oecd.org/qwids/

CAP: 40



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