Economic Support Fund

Economic Support Fund At A Glance

Humanitarian & Development Aid $6,081,657,000 (2017)
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The Economic Support Fund is aid designated to promote economic or political stability in areas where the United States has special strategic interests.

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Economic Support Funds (ESF) is economic aid designated to promote economic or political stability in areas where the United States has special strategic interests. Authorized under Chapter 4, Part II of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, ESF is a flexible assistance tool that can be structured to meet a diverse range of foreign policy and economic development objectives. The makeup of ESF programs are made on a country-specific basis, while the nature of ESF assistance to a particular country is determined by a combination of the needs of the recipient and U.S. foreign policy objectives. Among ESF’s diverse applications are the following programs (among others): advancing peace and stability, building accountable and transparent institutions, creating economic and educational opportunities for youth, countering extremist ideology, counter-terrorism and counternarcotics, governance, economic growth, anti-corruption, trade capacity building and democratic strengthening. The executive branch is responsible for policy decisions and justifications for ESF use, including country eligibility and funding levels. Originally, ESF was called Security Supporting Assistance, which began in earnest in 1961, though it was renamed ESF in 1971 to emphasize the economic development purposes of the aid. Generally, ESF resources must be obligated within two years of their original appropriation and have a liquidation term of five years.

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

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Merida Initiative: U.S. Security Assistance to Mexico 2008-2015

In October 2015, the State Department withheld 15 percent of conditioned Merida Inititiative funding. In light of this, Security Assistance Monitor looks at what the Merida Intiative has funded over the years.

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U.S. Shifts to Increase Military Aid to the Maghreb and Sahel

As part of the State Department’s budget request for FY 2016 released on February 2, the Obama Administration is requesting a significant jump in security and one type of development aid to the Maghreb and Sahel countries of...

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Obama Administration Requests $1 billion for Jordan in FY 2016

The recent murder of Jordan’s Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh by militants of the so-called Islamic State has propelled the Kingdom into the international spotlight. In response to the...

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Resources

8/29/13 | Policy Statements
Daily Press Briefing - August 19, 2013
Psaki addresses recent events in Egypt, a United Kingdom Law Authority Operation, dialogue between Pakistan and India, Geneva II planning, elections in Zimbabwe, and an attack in Lebanon.
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