Development Assistance

Development Assistance At A Glance

Humanitarian & Development 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).

Military vs. Economic Aid

Security Assistance Monitor tracks all available data about U.S. security and humanitarian & development assistance provided to this country. For a dollar amount breakdown of how much aid this country receives and which programs are supplying assistance, click "view data set." Note: This year's figures reflect the U.S. government's estimates of expected spending, and numbers for next year represent the administration's request to Congress.
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Trainees

Security Assistance Monitor tracks all available data about the United States' training of this country's security forces. For information about how the number of security forces trained each year by the United States, including detailed information about the subject of the training, where that training takes place, and who is being trained, click "view data set."
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Arms Sales

Security Assistance Monitor tracks all available data about U.S. arms sales to this country. For detailed information on equipment, weapons and military services sold to this country, click "view data set." Note: This is not grant aid: these are items that governments purchase with their own funds.
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Analysis

2/3/15 | Blog
A Walk Through the Billion-Dollar U.S. Aid Request for Central America

On Monday, the State Department sent to Congress more details about its big request for US$1 billion in 2016 assistance to Central America, as part of next year'€™s foreign aid budget proposal. Compared to 2014, this US$1 billion package would mean a tripling of foreign aid budget assistance to...

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2/27/09 | Blog
2009 aid nears approval in Congress

The U.S. Congress is nearing completion of the 2009 federal budget. On Wednesday, the House passed the "omnibus" spending bill, which combines ten sections of the budget, with a recorded vote of...

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Resources

3/16/15 | News
Kerry: Decision Soon on Unfreezing Us Military Aid to Egypt
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. will make a decision "very soon" on how to unfreeze hundreds of millions of dollars in suspended American military assistance to Egypt.
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