What’s the Purpose of Foreign Aid?

January 31, 2020

What’s the Purpose of Foreign Aid?
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Many Americans question whether the $50 billion the United States spends annually on foreign aid is worth it. CFR breaks down how much of the U.S. budget goes toward foreign assistance and how this money is spent.

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This video is part of the Inside the Issues video series, featuring CFR Vice President of Studies Shannon K. O’Neil. Watch as she helps explain and clarify common misconceptions surrounding international issues such as China’s trade practices, green jobs, and immigration.

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This project was made possible in part by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.

 

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