Development Assistance

Development Assistance At A Glance

Economic Aid $2,959,573,000 (2017)
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The Deveopment Assistance account provides expertise and resources essential for the development of economic, political and social institutions in developing countries. 

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Development Assistance (DA) is broadly defined as support for developing countries to provide expertise and resources essential for the development of economic, political and social institutions. Authorized by Chapters 1 and 10 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, it emphasizes five broad goals: 1) alleviation of the worst physical manifestations of poverty; 2) promotion of conditions enabling developing countries to achieve self-sustaining equitable economic growth; 3) encouragement of development processes in which individual civil and economic rights are respected; 4) integration of the developing countries into an open and equitable international economic system; and 5) promotion of good governance through combating corruption and improving transparency and accountability. DA is administered by USAID for a number of uses, including agriculture, democracy and governance, education and economic growth, among others. The authorization language emphasizes U.S. collaboration with and ownership by developing countries to seek sustainable solutions to long-term development challenges. Funding for DA is appropriated annually by Congress, and is often subgranted to nongovernmental organizations to implement specific programs (e.g. the National Democratic Institute to conduct political party training).

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