Why do nations give aid? Is it to help alleviate poverty, or to show goodwill to those less fortunate? Is it to increase global peace and security or as a way of influencing the nations receiving aid? There are a multitude of reasons that influence both why and how aid is given. One of the more controversial and consistent considerations when nations form their overall aid objectives is the consideration given to the national interest of the donor nation.

But what does the national interest mean, and to what extent does it influence the aid and development programs delivered? To discuss this issue, AidWorks host Albion Harrison-Naish was joined by Micah Challenge Australia’s Political Engagement Officer Ben Thurley, The Development Policy Centre’s Associate Director Robin Davies and AID/WATCH’s Thulsi Narayanasamy.


Interview appears on AidWorks