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Foreign aid imperatives in the Greater Mekong Subregion: case studies of Australian, Japanese and Thai Aid Coordination

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  • Christopher Selvarajah

    (Professor of International Business, School of Business, Swinburne University of Technology, Mail 23, P.O. Box 122, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122, Australia)

Abstract

Although Australia and Japan are among the largest aid donors in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), there is limited academic research on their activities as donors and on their relationships with recipient countries in the region. In this study, the aid activities of Australia, Japan and Thailand (an aid recipient/donor) within the region are investigated, with a particular focus on aid coordination practices. The empirical results show that bilateral aid coordination and cooperation are highly elusive and have been further complicated by the emergence of new donor countries that are supportive of the South-South cooperative model rather than of the traditional North-South model.

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  • Christopher Selvarajah, 2014. "Foreign aid imperatives in the Greater Mekong Subregion: case studies of Australian, Japanese and Thai Aid Coordination," Asia-Pacific Development Journal, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), vol. 21(1), pages 23-65, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:unt:jnapdj:v:21:y:2014:i:1:p:23-65
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    Keywords

    Aid; official development assistance; Greater Mekong Subregion; Australia; Japan; Thailand; aid coordination; cooperation;

    JEL classification:

    • O19 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations
    • O2 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy
    • O5 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies

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