Foreign aid

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Foreign aid is the international transfer of capital, goods, or services from a country or international organization for the benefit of the recipient country or its population. Aid can be economic, military, or emergency humanitarian (e.g., aid given following natural disasters).[1]


In fiscal year 2010, the U.S. government allocated the following amounts for aid:

  • economic assistance: $37.7 billion
  • military assistance: $15.0 billion
  • total economic and military assistance: $52.7 billion[2]

For comparison, an estimated $15.77 billion was given by private charities and individuals in 2010.[3]


  1. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. "foreign aid 2012.". Referenced 2012-03-29.
  2. U.S. Overseas Loans and Grants (Greenbook), "Program and Account Reports". See also the summary. Accessed January 31, 2012.
  3. Sandra Miniutti. "Charitable Giving In 2010", Charity Navigator (see also the summary or executive summary pdf). June 20, 2011. Referenced 2012-03-29.

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