Types of Foreign Assistance and American Interests

 At around 1% of the federal budget, all types of U.S. foreign assistance advance American interests and national security.  While some foreign aid is designed for immediate strategic considerations, U.S. development and humanitarian aid should be free from transactional use.

Humanitarian aid should never be diverted for political or strategic purposes or subject to unreasonable cuts or conditions.

Development assistance should be stable and steadily planned and funded, recognizing the long-term nature of development and the multiple years it takes to achieve results. Allocation decisions should be informed by evidence and evaluations and guided by principles of country ownership and accountability.

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