The environment of aid policies:Expectations, changing circumstances, and motives Foreign aid is part of the foreign policy of the donor country and is thereforecast in a setting where the primary purpose is to pursue national interests.However, national interests differ from one nation to another-or are differently conceived and may be promoted in many different ways. The available options vary from one state to another, depending, inter alia, on the country’s position in regional and global systems. Security interests and economic self-interest are given high priority by most governments. The promotion of a country’s own predominant values-or it's ideological system-is also considered an important national interest, whether conceived instrumentally or in ideological terms. Finally, it is quite possible that some states will associate their interests with the achievement of greater international equity and more rapid Third World development and give emphasis to these objectives. International aid is almost everywhere administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.