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An Undergraduate Library Subject Guide providing suggested resources and other information for beginning research on the topic International Aid.
Last Updated: Jul 27, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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The Undergraduate Library suggests that users try out several searches, using different combinations of search terms (or keywords). For example, combine the search term, "animal rights," with any of the following search terms, depending on which aspects of animal rights you would like to research. Check the subject headings/descriptors for individual articles in your searches and repeat your search using these terms. Please note, subject headings are not consistent across databases.

  • International aid
  • Foreign aid
  • Bilateral aid
  • Multilateral aid
  • Humanitarian assistance
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • International economic development
  • International development
  • Economic assistance
  • Developing countries
  • Poverty
  • Microfinance
  • Humanitarianism
  • International relief
  • World politics
  • Government policy
  • Government aid
  • Military assistance


International aid (also referred to as foreign aid or overseas aid) is the assistance given from one country to another, most often from a richer country to a poorer country.This could be individual, organizational or governmental aid and may be motivated by humanitarianism or diplomacy. Assistance may vary in form, ranging from monetary to emergency supplies to military assistance. In an increasingly global society, any type of assistance influences the foreign policies and the economies of both the giving and receiving countries.


RW 1/2010
ARH 7/2013


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