American Foreign Aid Policy in the Age of COVID-19

By Aleksandra Srdanovic — September 18, 2020

This New Center issue brief provides a brief primer on U.S. foreign aid policy in the context of COVID-19, what the public thinks of it, and shows why foreign aid shouldn’t be viewed as a luxury cost to shed, but an essential investment to keep America safe.

Facts At-A-Glance

  • Only 3% of Americans

    correctly identified that foreign aid accounts for under one percent of total government spending, according to a 2016 survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation

  • The World Health Organization

    stands to lose 14% of its operating budget should the United States officially withdraw from the UN agency in 2021.

  • $32.91 billion

    amount the U.S. government spent on foreign assistance worldwide in 2019

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