本論文檢驗台灣在甘比亞執行不同的發展計畫是否揭示對甘比亞的影響，且遺留印象給甘比亞的普羅大眾。本研究發現在農業與教育方面的援助是最有影響力的。這個結果顯示了多數甘比亞人仍然非常感謝台灣的協助，並且希望有朝一日兩國能再重新建交。 The Gambia-Taiwan diplomatic relationship revolved around the provision of aid by Taiwan to The Gambia. As a result, this thesis attempts to explore the role played by this aid during the period of diplomatic ties between the two countries. This research aims to provide the reader a historical perspective on the Gambia-Taiwan relationship with foreign aid at the core.
In order to determine the role played by aid in the diplomatic relationship of the two countries, this research was focused on answering three questions; 1) what was the nature and composition of Taiwanese foreign aid in The Gambia? 2) How effective was Taiwan’s use of aid as a foreign policy tool? And 3) what is the legacy of Taiwan’s aid program in The Gambia?
The qualitative research methodology was employed to help find the answers to these questions by consulting both primary and secondary sources to support the assumptions that are made in this thesis.
The research examined the different development projects Taiwan implemented in The Gambia and shed light on the impacts these projects have had or still having on The Gambia and lives on the Gambian people in general. This research discovered that the agricultural and educational aids were the most impactful. The results also showed that, majority of Gambians are still appreciative of Taiwan’s assistance and are hoping one day the two countries will re-establish official ties.