Lynsey Cooper

Bound Volume Number


Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Summer 8-10-2017

Capstone Advisor

Deborah Pellow

Honors Reader

Martin Shanguhyia

Capstone Major

International Relations

Capstone College

Arts and Science

Audio/Visual Component



NGO, transnational, Africa

Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories

Social Sciences

Subject Categories

International Relations


When initiating projects, foreign aid organizations cannot simply go into another territory and begin their work. On top of the normal procedures of nongovernmental sector organizations and insitutitons, those from outside the domestic borders face additional measures. These measures are typically put in place by governments, typically on a national level. This paper explores the types of tensions and/or partnerships that may exist between foreign aid organizations and governments when crossing paths in this manner.

To narrow the scope of this broad topic, this paper focuses on developmental aid enacted by foreign aid organizations in East Africa through a case study of the operations and activities of Oxfam International in Kenya and Tanzania. Through a consideration of the historical backgrounds and official governmental policies, acts, and resolutions, as well as foreign aid organization reports and strategic plans, we see that this relationship between foreign aid organizations and governments is a very conditional one. Many factors go into how each side considers the other, including differences in cultures.

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