Seminars & Events

APL (Ajiken Power Lunch)

Making International Aid Effective: An Agenda for Aligning Aid to Social Business

APL (Ajiken Power Lunch) is a lunchtime workshop open to public, including IDE staffs, visiting research fellows, IDEAS students, outside researchers and graduate students. This workshop provides a platform for presentation of any work in progress where we can discuss in either English or Japanese.

Those who would attend a seminar are asked to announce yourself to receptionists on your arrival at the IDE and to obtain APL Organizers' signature on your admission card after the seminar.


September 9, 2015. (Wednesday) 15:00-16:30


Making International Aid Effective: An Agenda for Aligning Aid to Social Business


In the context of heightened interest in social business and a renewed focus on the performance and efficacy of international aid, this article explores the role and place of aid-especially in addressing poverty in relation to the rapidly growing social business regime. Research on the subject is strikingly limited. The paper begins by operationalizing the key concepts, and developing a conceptual framework by exploring the possible linkages nexus-points between aid alignment and social business.

The subsequent discussions addresses a number of key dimensions of aid; notably, a comparative account of possible aid investment in social business vis-a-vis conventional projects and private sector enterprises; an examination of the ground realities of the social business projects; and a treatment of the policy implications of the study together with some recommendations.


Dr. Muhammad Mustafizur Rahaman (JSPS Post Doctoral Fellow, Faculty of Economics, Kyoto University)



Institute of Developing Economies, APL Organizers
KIM, Jiyoung E-mail:Jiyoung_KimE-mail
LEI, Lei E-mail:Lei_LeiE-mail
OSADA, Noriyuki E-mail:Noriyuki_OsadaE-mail