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Helms School of Government


International Relations


International Aid, Dependency, Uganda, Model of Aid, Self-sufficiency


International aid is a powerful, beneficial tool that has been known to improve many situations in a variety of targeted communities. While aid does provide basic necessities and resources to beneficiaries, it has the potential to simultaneously hinder or slow the development and independence of the assisted people groups if not correctly implemented. Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) based in Boone, North Carolina, provides a variety of domestic and international relief services that break the trend of dependency through their encouragement of local self-sufficiency and growth. Specifically, Samaritan’s Purse’s Karamoja Integrated Maternal Child Health (KIMCH) project, based in Karamoja, Uganda, illustrates proper aid implementation that has succeeded in providing resources, growth, independence, and long-term hope for the entire community. The purpose of this thesis is to further investigate international aid along with the specific KIMCH project in order to propose a beneficial and efficient model of international aid that results in positive outcomes and promotes self-sufficiency.