Foreign Aid (FA) is considered a tool for promoting economic and human development. Considerable amounts of FA are directed to Health. The role of FA in development, as well as, in health, has been a subject of debate with inconclusive results on its impact. This study concentrates on FA in the Health Sector in Palestine, in the period following the establishment of the Palestinian National Authority in 1994. A qualitative research approach was used throughout the study to explore, describe and explain the roles, procedures and challenges of FA in the health sector. The research concluded that FA has a positive impact on the health sector outcomes in Palestine. FA contributed to the establishment of institutional structures and capacities within the health sector, as well as, in service provision. Nevertheless, the following challenges still need to be addressed in order to increase FA effectiveness: the Israeli occupation; the continuing influence of donors' agendas; the politicization of aid; the competition between different FA recipients; the low accountability of donors towards recipients; and the miscommunication and inadequate coordination between various actors.


Public Policy & Administration Department

Degree Name

MA in Public Administration

Graduation Date


Submission Date

September 2017

First Advisor

Shahjahan, Bhuiyan

Committee Member 1

Artan, Karini

Committee Member 2

Hamid, Ali


78 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis


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I would like to express my gratitude and thanks to my thesis advisor Dr. Shahjahan Bhuiyan, the Chair of the Department of Public Policy and Administration at The American University in Cairo, for his continuous support and trust throughout my Masters Degree journey and especially during the thesis writing. Likewise, I would like to acknowledge my debt to Dr. Artan Karini and Dr. Hamid Ali of the Department of Public Policy and Administration at the American University in Cairo, for their valuable comments as the readers of my thesis. I also would like to thank all the interviewees for accepting to spare some of their valuable time and for openly sharing their indispensable knowledge and experience with me for this thesis. Finally, I would like express my deep appreciation to my family: my parents, husband and children, for their support and encouragement throughout my years of study and thesis writing. This accomplishment would not have been possible without them.