How was the U.S. “aid” distributed?
HowMuch.Net and Raul Amoros provide the following information:
“Clearly, not all aid is distributed equally. The question is: Who received the largest slice of the pie from the U.S.? From the map above, the answer is clear: Israel.
Of the $35 billion of total economic aid distributed, almost a quarter of funds went to five countries. Below are the top 5 recipients of U.S. economic aid in 2014.
Israel: $3.1 billion
Egypt: $1.5 billion
Afghanistan: $1.1 billion
Jordan: $1.0 billion
Pakistan: $933 million
At first glance, one may wonder why Israel would receive roughly 9% of U.S. economic aid. It is important to note that foreign aid has a variety of uses depending on the current political, economic, and social climate. According to the U.S. State Government 2013-2015 Foreign Assistance report, all $3.1 billion of Israel’s funding was used for military financing. In Egypt, $1.3 billion of $1.5 billion received was used for military-related activities as well. On the other hand, the majority of funds received by Afghanistan, Jordan, and Pakistan were used for economic development purposes. Of the $35 billion referenced in the report, $8.4 billion (24%) was used towards global health programs, $5.9 billion (17%) was used for foreign military financing, $4.6 billion (13%) was used for economic support, and $2.5 billion (7%) was used for development assistance. Below is a breakout of aid received by geographic region in fiscal year 2014.
East Asia and Pacific: 2%
Europe and Eurasia: 2%
Near East: 20%
South and Central Asia: 7%
Western Hemisphere: 4%
General Aid: 45%
With 142 countries receiving aid out of the 188 countries listed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 2014, approximately 76% of the world received some form of economic assistance from the U.S., the majority located within Africa and the Near East. Depending on future geopolitical events, this allocation is subject to change; however, according to the federal government’s 2015 estimates, the approximate $33 billion requests in aid follow a similar geographic allocation. Nonetheless, in the past three years, the economic support from the U.S. will have impacted a large majority of the world’s population, totaling $103 billion in economic support across various programs.“
This information does not examine the aim of this so-called “aid” to sustain the imperialist system and U.S. hegemony, nor the use of aid for subversion and black ops to destabilize countries striving to chart a course independent of the United States. To explore this question further, click on the tage for “USAID”.
Prof Blattman added the following note. “If you’re burning to explain this madness, and want to go beyond ‘U.S. interests in oil, invasions, drugs and Israel,’ then here are the four articles I recommend to my SIPA class:
- William Easterly and Tobias Pfutze (2008). “Where Does the Money Go? Best and Worst Practices in Foreign Aid,”Journal of Economic Perspectives
- Alberto Alesina and David Dollar (2000). “Who Gives Foreign Aid to Whom and Why?” Journal of Economic Growth
- Eric Werker and Faisal Ahmed (2008). “What Do Nongovernmental Organizations Do?” Journal of Economic Perspectives
- Nancy Birdsall (2004). “Seven Deadly Sins: Reflections on Donor Failings,” CGD Working Paper 50”