Australia’s foreign aid since 1945: national values and aid allocation
This project aims to analyse Australian motives and their connectedness to the allocation of foreign aid since the Second World War. In addition to reducing poverty and lifting living standards abroad, aid has always been linked to other interests such as the promotion of security, economic opportunity and other outcomes.
This project will research relationships between identified values and geographical priorities in Australia’s aid programme. In reconnecting history with the social science of applied economics, it will provide methodological paths for further research, including comparable studies of other governments giving aid. This project expects to add to understanding of Australia’s role in world affairs and the significance of aid in Australia’s international reputation.
Professor David Lowe
This project is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery grant.