Master of Arts
Date of Defense
David C. Kimball, Ph.D.
This study uses time-series cross-sectional logistic and OLS regressions to analyze data on foreign assistance and governance in Sub-Saharan Africa to determine the impact of different methods of foreign aid on democracy and democratic characteristics in Sub-Saharan Africa. Even though all foreign assistance has the end goal of promoting democratic growth, different aid targeted sectors have varying effects on democracy. The research has found that aid targeting social infrastructure, specifically health and government sectors, in Sub-Saharan Africa has a substantial, positive effect on democracy and democratic characteristics while economic infrastructure aid has no effect. This analysis could have an impact on future aid allocation by promoting aid specialization for social infrastructure.
Richardson, Kevin Michael, "The Specialization of Foreign Assistance in Sub-Saharan Africa" (2011). Theses. 286.