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!

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