Foreign Aid

  • 04.06.17

    USAID's Syria Complex Emergency Fact Sheet

    This fact sheet lists all of the humanitarian aid that the United States is involved with in Syria. It describes the current situation in Syria specifically looking at the individuals who are in need of humanitarian aid. Looking specifically at the time period between February and March of this year, official orga...

    This fact sheet lists all of the humanitarian aid that the United States is involved with in Syria.

    It describes the current situation in Syria specifically looking at the individuals who are in need of humanitarian aid. Looking specifically at the time period between February and March of this year, official organizations have "recorded nearly 687,000 displacements, including approximately 44,000 new displacements, from conflict-affected areas in northern and southern Syria."

    The report also looks at the humanitarian access that these individuals have, and how the UN and others give humanitarian aid: "Between February 1 and 31, three UN humanitarian convoys delivered food assistance for approximately 64,000 people and relief commodities for more than 30,000 people."

    These actions, however, are not enough. The fact sheet goes on to describe the areas where assistance is not covering all the need that exists:

    Food security and nutrition: "An estimated 9 million people across Syria are in need of emergency food assistance, agriculture support, and livelihoods interventions, according to the UN."

    Health: "The ongoing conflict, including attacks on health infrastructure and personnel, continues to diminish health care capacity throughout Syria."

    Water: Approximately 51 percent of Syria’s population lacks sustained access to the public water network, according to the UN."

    Refugee Assistance: "As of March 24, UNHCR had registered nearly 5 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries."

    Other Humanitarian Assistance: "In mid-March, the UN released the 2017 HRP, requesting $3.4 billion to address the critical needs of conflict-affected people in Syria."

  • 03.13.17

    The Ethics And Practicalities Of Foreign Aid

    The Trump administration has recently put forward a budget that includes cuts to the foreign aid program. In this article Prof. Jeffrey Sachs argues the merits of foreign aid. Sachs' support for foreign aid is rooted in his morality: "My own support for foreign assistance is based on morality. “Justice, justice sh...

    The Trump administration has recently put forward a budget that includes cuts to the foreign aid program. In this article Prof. Jeffrey Sachs argues the merits of foreign aid.

    Sachs' support for foreign aid is rooted in his morality: "My own support for foreign assistance is based on morality. “Justice, justice shall you pursue,” we are told in the book of Deuteronomy. Those who fail to help the poor cast themselves outside of the moral community." 

    There are also clear, measurable benefits to foreign aid:

    "Aid works when its main purpose is to finance supplies such as medicines and solar panels, and the staffing by local workers in public health, agronomy, hydrology, ecology, energy, and transport. US government aid should be pooled with finances from other governments to support critical investments in health, education, agriculture, and infrastructure, based on professional best practices. That’s how the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria works, as one important example. It’s a model of success."

    Sachs ends his article with the statement: "There is a real question: Who has aided whom over the past centuries? And can we live in morality and peace?"

  • 02.17.16

    USAID Progress

    This article lists a number of the successes that USAID and other foreign assistance programs have had. It begins with the assertion that foreign aid is less than one percent of the total federal budget. Some of the categories that USAID uses to point to their improvements: Health - immunization programs, increasi...

    This article lists a number of the successes that USAID and other foreign assistance programs have had. It begins with the assertion that foreign aid is less than one percent of the total federal budget. Some of the categories that USAID uses to point to their improvements:

    Health - immunization programs, increasing life expectancy, family planning.

    Food- improving land cultivation practices, increasing agricultural yields, preventing famine.

    Democracy & Self-Governance - increasing democratic nations.

    Sustainability & the Environment - increasing technical assistance.

    Economic Growth & Financial Independence - disaster prevention, micro business loans and encouraging entrepreneurs.

    Education - increasing literacy rates.

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