WASHINGTON, February 12, 2018: Diplomacy takes shape in a number of different forms. Foreign aid being chief among them. The average citizen is often unaware of the impact of foreign aid because they are disconnected from a process that affects them only indirectly.
The truth is foreign aid improves global health standards across the board, and that makes the world a better place to live in. It is sometimes difficult to justify government expenditures on foreign aid while any of its own citizens are in poverty. The truth is the amount spent on foreign aid is nominal, the benefit, however, astronomical.
Foreign Aid programs cost the U.S. Government as much as 365 billion per year, but it is money well spent. According to Five things you need to know about foreign aid by Concern USA.org , two-thirds of foreign aid is managed by the State Department or related agencies like USAID.
Foreign aid is given in more than just dollars, it also provides political, development, and humanitarian assistance.
Assistance can take many forms including food distributions in famine zones to assisting in rebuilding following a natural disaster.
Foreign aid saves over 17 million lives
With the direction of President Trump, State Department, Treasury officials and other key executive personnel, including Agriculture, are working simultaneously creating foreign aid programs designed to relieve global poverty, including its economic inefficiencies.
Whether delivering food, supplying humanitarian aid, expanding improvement in global living standard trends, the impact is clear. Foreign aid saves lives. Organizations like the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria save over 17 million individuals annually.
Global giving creates stronger diplomatic ties
Foreign aid is instrumental at formulating stronger economic relations, as government counterparts create strategies and policies to increase interactive human development and improve human rights.
Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, met with United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Gutierrez to help protect Christians and Yedizis currently in Iraq, displaying a clear positive shift toward a more multilateral policy development agenda.
Foreign Aid distributions provides long-term development, creating simultaneous economic improvement.
The World Economic Forum says every year global governments spend 17.6 billion to ensure human rights protections. An increase in 400 million over previous year expenditures.
US, our globes largest giver, distributes foreign aid in four main categories: How Does the U.S. Spend Its Foreign Aid? CFR backgrounder April 2017
|Political Aid||Long Term Development Aid||Humanitarian Aid||Military and Security Aid|
Foreign aid is paving a path to more stable communities around the world.
Increasing opportunities for trade, travel, and exploration, the benefit of foreign aid programs it is not immediate for the donor country. Recipient countries, however, inevitably become allies as they fuel the demand for economic development.
That global strategic positioning is priceless.
Government support for foreign aid programs is critical for infrastructure development in emerging economies. Bringing food, medical aid, access to clean drinking water are all essential support programs.
Other programs provide job training, agriculture assistance, education, and more. However, each works to ensure basic human needs are available to those that live in the most underdeveloped countries.
Five of the basic reasons to support foreign aid programs are as follows:
1. Improving global economic forecasts
Globalization, post-economic recession, requires considerably larger foreign aid appropriations to further implementation targets for human rights improvements, for the most vulnerable global populations with a growing and greater diversity of needs, forward. Setting goals for projects like space habitation and complete global technological integration are important.
2. Increasing wider access to basic necessities delivers a greater degree of security
Historically, adverse weather conditions negatively impact regional communities across the globe, sometimes on catastrophic levels. Foreign aid acts as a monetary stabilizer, providing basic necessities, and institutes a greater degree of overall security in the face of natural disasters.
3. Changing technological landscape
Technological advances make construction, utility delivery, even implementation of social service programs like health assessments and nutrition development an ever-changing landscape that creates a new base to begin lifting the barriers to achieving better, stable living conditions across the globe.
4. Increasing global safety threats
Terror networks like Al Qaeda and ISIS are actually an ongoing plot to destabilize governments and democracy along with economic development and international prosperity.
Altogether, fluctuations in aid levels have a significant impact on emerging economies. Aid must be ongoing until goals of self-sufficiency are met.
These reasons are some of the overlooked issues that governments in developed economies contemplate when determining foreign aid funding appropriations. The benefit of foreign aid is never a one to one correlations from a donor countries perspective.
The impact, however, of each dollar spent has a multiplier effect to the recipient economy.