Navigation Links
Dartmouth study provides first global evidence that foreign aid boosts public opinion
Date:2/11/2014

A study by Dartmouth and Australian researchers provides the first empirical evidence using data from a variety of countries that foreign aid can greatly improve foreign public opinion of donor countries.

The findings are based on a U.S. foreign aid program targeting HIV and AIDS -- the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) -- that has substantially improved public perception of the United States in the more than 80 developing countries receiving the aid. But the findings have broader policy implications for an emerging international order in which major powers increasingly use foreign aid rather than militarized conflicts to sway global public opinion and pursue a range of objectives in foreign relations.

The study will appear in Quarterly Journal of Political Science. A PDF of the study is available on request. The study included researchers from Dartmouth College, the University of Sydney and the Australian National University.

"By doing good, a country can do well," says co-author Yusaku Horiuchi, an associate professor and the Mitsui Chair in the Study of Japan in the Department of Government at Dartmouth. "Our findings suggest that policy debates about foreign aid programs should consider not only their efficacy in achieving direct goals, but also their value in improving the donor country's global or regional standing."

Foreign aid is often claimed to be an effective tool that states use to win hearts and minds abroad, but those claims are largely based on anecdotal evidence from disaster and conflict zones. In addition, there are several reasons why foreign aid could be ineffective in influencing public opinion -- recipients may be unaware of the origins of the aid; the donor's motivations might be seen as self-serving; the positive feelings associated with aid may be too small to shift perceptions; aid programs may fail to work; or aid may be seen as helping to prop up dysfunctional or repressive regimes.

The few empirical studies conducted have had methodological limitations and produced mixed results, with some showing at least a temporary boost in public opinion, while others show no widespread, long-lasting effect. But the Dartmouth-Australian study takes a new approach to the issue, applying for the first time a comparative, cross-national perspective using data from a variety of countries. The results suggest that in addition to its humanitarian benefits, foreign aid that meets certain criteria -- targeted at important needs, sustained over time, perceived as being effective, and highly visible -- can serve an important strategic goal for those countries that give it.


'/>"/>

Contact: John Cramer
John.Cramer@Dartmouth.edu
603-646-9130
Dartmouth College
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. Dartmouth researcher finds novel genetic patterns that make us rethink biology and individuality
2. Clemson, Dartmouth use $1.5M grant to develop mobile health technology
3. Dartmouth researchers receive $5.9 million grant from NIH for lung research
4. Dartmouth researchers develop molecular switch that changes liquid crystal colors
5. Dartmouth researchers test safety of Nivolumab in kidney cancer
6. Leap in leukemia treatment reported by Dartmouth researchers
7. Dartmouth medical research closes in on new tuberculosis vaccine
8. Mayo Clinic, Dartmouth-Hitchcock announce collaboration
9. Dartmouth researchers investigate the cognitive effects of athlete head impacts
10. Study: Resilience in parents of children undergoing stem cell transplant
11. Grant supports Cedars-Sinai study of possible links between air pollution and brain cancer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Dartmouth study provides first global evidence that foreign aid boosts public opinion
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... April 28, 2017 , ... Phytomer USA is pleased to ... 20+ years of experience within the beauty industry, ranging from marketing, retail support, ... high-end cosmetic brands, retail brands and outlets in Canada and New York. As ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... , ... April 28, 2017 , ... Rob Lowe is ... now he has leant his presence to an educational purpose as the host of ... important one being cancer. In a recent episode, the series focuses on thyroid cancer. ...
(Date:4/27/2017)... , ... April 27, 2017 , ... ... Insights in Incentives, Rewards, and Recognition: A Nudge Guide," a groundbreaking analysis of ... field. Offering practical takeaways to apply immediately to IRR programs, the report highlights ...
(Date:4/27/2017)... ... April 27, 2017 , ... Last night, Christine Collins of ... Year for her extraordinary compassion and lifelong dedication to serve others. Since 1997, ... for the prestigious award each year – identifying a CAREGiver who has exemplified ...
(Date:4/27/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... April 27, 2017 , ... Are you ... tragic spike in water-related accidents and drownings during the summer. While most of us ... that these situations occur every day. Very few people are taking the time to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/20/2017)... Mass. , April 20, 2017  RXi ... developing innovative therapeutics that address significant unmet medical ... data from the Company,s consumer product development program, ... at the Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID) 76 ... to advance and promote the sciences relevant to ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition ... Analysis, Regional Outlook, Growth Trends, Key Players, Competitive Strategies and ... ... valued at US$ 7,167.6 Mn in 2015, and is expected ... CAGR of 5.6% from 2016 to 2024. ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... YORK , April 19, 2017 Cardiology devices ... the projected period The Cardiology Devices segment is ... than US$ 15 Mn in 2018 over 2017. By the ... a market valuation close to US$ 700 Mn, expanding at ... Devices segment dominated the Asia Pacific ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: