“I have come to appreciate the vital role that creativity, persistence, and problem solving play in the academic research process.”

—Funke Aderonmu

Aderonmu’s paper addresses the question of why Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) donor states continue the practice of tied aid — which mandates that funds be spent on goods or services produced in the donor country — despite the negative effects on economic development in recipient countries. In her research, Aderonmu took advantage of library subject guides and research databases. She also worked with the library’s specialist in political science to access relevant OECD data.

In Her Own Words

Read Funke’s reflective essay from her Lang Prize application.