2017 Asian Studies Visiting Fellows - Dr. Patrick Kilby


Get to Know Our 2017 Asian Studies Visiting Fellows -
Dr. Patrick Kilby

Residency: Mid-March through Mid-June
Contact Information: kilbyp@eastwestcenter.org *
Research Interests: NGOs and NGO accountability; Gender and Development; Managing International Development Programs; "the Story of Foreign Aid"


Dr. Patrick Kilby in his office at the East-West Center in Washington. Image: Karen Mascarinas, Research Intern
Dr. Patrick Kilby in his office at the
East-West Center in Washington.
Image: Karen Mascarinas, Research Intern,
East-West Center in Washington.

Dr. Patrick Kilby is a Senior Lecturer and convener of the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development Program at the Australian National University. His research interests are: NGOs and NGO accountability; gender and development; managing international development programs; and most recently the story of foreign aid. He has published two sole authored books on NGOs: one dealing with women’s empowerment and Indian NGOs (2011), and in 2015 a history of the Australian Council for International Development. His current work on the history of foreign aid is supported East West Center in Washington Asia Studies Fellowship, which is looking at China as a donor in relation to US aid policy, and in 2018 he will take up Fulbright Senior Scholars Fellowship at Kansas State University looking at the history of foreign aid the Green Revolution, and also to advise K-State on how to improve women’s engagement in their agriculture research in developing countries.

Research Topic: Future Directions of US Foreign Aid and the Rise of China as a Donor

Dr. Kilby's East West Center in Washington Asia Fellowship research focuses directly on the role of developing countries as both donors and recipients in shaping aid policy and programs of the US and Western donors at different periods since the Second World War. There has been an increased role of developing countries in general, and China, in particular in foreign aid. China has now emerged with a clear leadership role as demonstrated by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), and its influence in global fora.

The rise of China as a donor began in the 1950s at the Bandung conference of 1955 when the Sino-Egyptian partnership emerged and China’s aid program to Africa started not long after, and grew rapidly in the 1960s. While China’s aid has always been on the radar of the US in the context of its own aid programs, the large increase in volume and the leadership of China’s in foreign aid in the twenty-first century clearly puts pressure on the current aid arrangements of the US and the West more generally. China’s aid makes it more difficult for the US to promote its democratization and globalization agenda in this new environment of competing influences. The advent of a possibly more skeptical and inward looking Trump administration will be an added dimension to these aid relationships. Dr. Kilby is preparing a paper Policy Studies tentatively titled "China and the US as aid donors: differing trajectories?."

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