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International Development Volunteering as Alternative Public Diplomacy

Many industrialized nations distribute aid through international volunteer programs. This chapter examines the nature and history of those commitments, as well as the central policy objectives motivating organizations that receive such aid. In particular, the authors consider whether international volunteer cooperation organizations with aid funding prioritize public diplomacy and building skills in international development.

Project: International Service as Alternative Diplomacy


Tiessen, R., & Lough, B. J. (2021). International development volunteering as alternative public diplomacy. In H. Zafarullah & A. S. Huque (Eds.), Handbook of Development Policy (pp 283–293). Edward Elgar.