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Date of Award

Spring 2014

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


International Studies

First Advisor

Garth Myers


During the last decades of the 20th century, China’s prolific rise as an economic superpower has fundamentally altered global power dynamics. A long-time ally of colonized countries, China has strengthened relationships with many of these nations in recent years. Deployments of aid are used to cultivate political friendship and economic advantages. In contrast to traditional Western forms of aid, however, Chinese developmental aid is given largely without preconditions or ideological restrictions. China’s emergent foreign policy, particularly in resource-rich Africa, offers an alternative to leaders previously reliant only on Western powers. A shift in development initiatives has profound political, economic, and security ramifications for both the developed and developing worlds. Analysis of competing aid paradigms in the Ugandan healthcare sector reveals the relative strengths and weaknesses of these structurally contrasting models. Western aid is shown to be rigid but it comes with a structural integrity that the more fluid and dynamic Chinese model is unable to match. Ultimately, this paper will seek to assess which model is better for the people of Uganda, and of the developing world, in the years to come.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.