Asian versus Western Modes of Foreign Aid

  • Barbara Stallings
  • Eun Mee Kim
Part of the Development Cooperation and Non-Traditional Security in the Asia-Pacific book series (DCNTSAP)


The first chapter provides the framework for the book. While most analysts focus on the differences between traditional and emerging donors, we argue that a more important distinction is between East Asian donors and their Western counterparts. Asian donors—Japan, South Korea, and China—demonstrate a particular approach to aid that draws on their own developmental successes. The first section of the chapter reviews the literature on traditional (Western), emerging, and Asian donors and introduces a set of propositions that will be examined in the book. The second presents data on aid flows from East Asian and Western donors. The third focuses on differences between East Asian aid to recipients in the Asian region itself and elsewhere, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. The final section previews the rest of the book.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara Stallings
    • 1
  • Eun Mee Kim
    • 2
  1. 1.Watson Institute for International and Public AffairsBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  2. 2.Graduate School of International StudiesEwha Womans UniversitySeoulKorea (Republic of)

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