African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 381


Inquiry on self-interested foreign aid: Insights from the ODA-migrations link in SSA countries

  Muhindo Mughanda
University of Siena, Via Valdimontone 153100 Siena (SI), Italy. 
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 06 December 2010
  •  Published: 30 April 2011



This paper is an attempt to assess the broadly confirmed self-interested mood that drives donor States in allocating aid to poor countries. It specifically argues that Official Development Aid (ODA) makes African people move from their poor contexts to more wealthy ones with which donor countries expect to have more profitable relations. This reasoning leads to wonder whether the more ODA a poor country receives, the more its migration outflows. In this vein, on the one hand, this paper makes an inquiry on the self-interested mood commonly attributed to ODA policies (I). On the other, it performs an empirical assessment on Sub Saharan African countries -considered as crucial cases for ODA- using an OLS analysis in order to control whether ODA can be considered as one of the determinants of migrations (II)


Key words: Foreign aid, official development Aid, sub Saharan African.