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First impressions and perceived roles: Palestinian perceptions on foreign aid

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  • Beáta Paragi

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This paper summarizes some results of a wider research on foreign aid that was conducted in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 2010. It seeks to describe the impressions and feelings of Palestinian aid beneficiaries as well as the roles and functions they attached to foreign aid. To capture and measure local perceptions on Western assistance a series of individual in depth interviews and few focus group interviews were conducted in the Palestinian territories. The interview transcripts were processed by content analysis. As research results show — from the perspective of aid beneficiaries — foreign aid is more related to human dignity than to any economic development. All this implies that frustration with the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict inevitably embraces the donor policies and practices too.

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  • Beáta Paragi, 2013. "First impressions and perceived roles: Palestinian perceptions on foreign aid," Society and Economy, Akadémiai Kiadó, Hungary, vol. 35(3), pages 389-410, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:aka:soceco:v:35:y:2013:i:3:p:389-410
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    Keywords

    aid beneficiaries/recipients; donor-recipient relations; foreign aid; perceptions on foreign aid;

    JEL classification:

    • F35 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Aid
    • O19 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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