Overview of Foreign Aid
Foreign aid is the small section of the International Affairs budget which focuses solely on US assistance to other countries. These programs are critical to building a safe and secure world by alleviating poverty and strengthening communities.
Currently, these important programs are funded under the International Affairs budget, which accounts for 1.3% of the overall federal budget. Of that amount, only half (.6%) is spent on poverty-focused development aid.
The chart below highlights Americans’ misperceptions of what is spent on foreign aid:
Check out the publications below to learn more about foreign aid!
- 2011- New York Times, “U.S. Foreign Aid Since 1977”
- 2011 – Oxfam – Foreign Aid 101
- 2009 – Congressional Research Service -Foreign Aid: An Introduction to U.S. Programs and Policy
- 2007 – CARE – Foreign Aid Fact Sheet