Journal Article

China's Role as a Global Health Donor in Africa: What Can We Learn from Studying Under Reported Resource Flows?

Date Published

Dec 1, 2014


Karen A. Grepin, Victoria Y. Fan, Gordon C. Shen, Lucy Chen



Grepin, K. A., Fan, V. Y., Shen, G. C., & Chen, L. (2014). China's role as a global health donor in Africa: What can we learn from studying under reported resource flows? Globalization and Health, 10(1). doi:10.1186/s12992-014-0084-6


We examine whether foreign aid decreases terrorism, by analyzing whether aid targeted at specific sectors, such as education, is more effective than others. We use the most comprehensive databases on foreign aid and transnational terrorism, AidData and ITERATE, rather than the relatively small samples used in most previous studies, and provide a series of statistical tests. Our results indicate that foreign aid decreases terrorism especially when targeted towards sectors such as education, health, civil society, and conflict prevention. These sector-level results indicate that foreign aid can be an effective instrument in fighting terrorism, if targeted in the right ways.

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