China and the US as Aid Donors: Past and Future Trajectories


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When: May 23 2017 - 12:00pm until May 23 2017 - 1:30pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Sixth Floor Conference Room, Washington DC, 20036

China and the US as Aid Donors: Past and Future Trajectories

An Asia Pacific Political Economy and Trade Seminar featuring:

Dr. Patrick Kilby
Asia Studies Visiting Fellow, East West Center and
Australian National University

China and the US as Aid Donors: Past and Future Trajectories from East-West Center on Vimeo.

The rise of the US and China as foreign aid donors shows surprisingly similar paths, but some clear differences. Left to right: Dr. Patrick Kilby and Dr. Satu Limaye. Image: Jaichung Lee, East-West Center in WashingtonThe US as a bilateral donor had its origins in the post-WWII Cold War. For China, the Asian African Conference at Bandung Indonesia in April 1955 was not only a call for a stronger Southern voice in global affairs but also in South-South cooperation, which China took up almost immediately. The Chinese aid program, grew rapidly from the early 1970s until the 1980s, and then from the 1990s until the present day. China has now emerged with a clear leadership role in the economic development of the region and beyond, as demonstrated by its role in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), and its influence in global fora. While both the US and Chinese aid programs are ostensibly about economic development in the Global South, they are also driven by their own national interests. In the case of the US its foreign aid has been primarily about its security interests, such as the Cold War and the War on Terror, while in the case of China it was seen as a way of having a respected voice on the global stage, as well as building important economic and political linkages. The challenge for the Trump administration is how to use the soft power of foreign aid to promote US global leadership, but also to find the political space for it to engage with China in the broader agenda of development in the global South.

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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. He is the recipient of an East West Center in Washington Asia Studies Fellowship for 2017, and in 2018 will take up a Fulbright Senior Scholars Fellowship at Kansas State University. He has worked in international NGO aid programs from 1983 to 2001 with Oxfam Australia. He has Bachelors and Masters degrees in agricultural economics, from the University of Sydney in 1977 and 1991, and a PhD from the ANU in 2004.

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