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South Korea’s Emerging Leadership as a Partner in African Development


Alice Guilford examines how the Republic of Korea became the first ever aid-receiving country to emerge as an aid-donor and the domestic and international factors that led to this success. An analysis on how Korea’s experience can be translated to Africa is conducted as the ROK’s investment in Africa continues to grow, giving it a new leadership role in the international development community.

Alice Guilford is a second-year M.A. student at SAIS, concentrating in International Development and International Economics with an Emerging Markets specialization. Her academic interests include the social and economic impacts of political transitions, the role of emerging market economies in the international development community, and the impacts of the Arab Spring on regional and international politics. Prior to SAIS, she taught English in Argentina and France before moving to southern Lebanon to work for a community development organization focused on youth inclusion and capacity building in Lebanese and Palestinian refugee communities. Her development experience has taken her to South Africa, Senegal, and most recently, Tunisia, where she worked with a local development organization during the recent political transition. She earned a B.A. in International Studies from Trinity College in 2007.