Further evidence that using aid to reduce poverty is in the national interest of donors has recently been published in the Quarterly Journal of Political Science. Rigorous analysis by University of Sydney, Dartmouth College and Australian National University academics, shows that aid targeted towards poverty reduction can improve the public perception of donors in recipient countries.
They illustrate that one of the United States Government’s flagship aid initiatives, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), significantly raised public perception of the United States in aid recipient countries. For example, it is estimated that if PEPFAR had not been provided to Kenya, approval of United States leadership would have fallen from around 85% to 75%. The chart below shows the results for a number of African countries.
To read more about this analysis check out the following:
-Development Policy Centre blog post summarizing these findings: http://devpolicy.org/doing-well-by-doing-good-foreign-aid-improves-opinions-of-the-u-s-20140423/
– Published Article can be accessed here: http://www.nowpublishers.com/articles/quarterly-journal-of-political-science/QJPS-13036