U.S. Agency for International Development

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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is the U.S. government’s primary development agency, working in more than 100 developing countries. USAID’s mission is to partner to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing our security and prosperity. The Agency accelerates human progress in developing countries by:

  • Promoting broadly shared economic prosperity;
  • Strengthening democracy and good governance and protecting human rights;
  • Improving global health,
  • Advancing food security and agriculture;
  • Improving environmental sustainability;
  • Furthering education; and
  • Helping societies prevent and recover from conflicts and providing humanitarian assistance in the wake of natural and man-made disasters.

Established in 1961, USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. It is headed by an Administrator appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

U.S. Agency for International Development Data

U.S. government agencies report data quarterly to ForeignAssistance.gov to comply with the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2016 (FATAA). Each agency is required by FATAA to report data for FY2015 as the minimum base year, although some agencies have reported data prior to FY2015. Agency reporting completeness for FY2015 onward is captured below.

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Data Last Updated: 12/20/2019

Requested Funding By Fiscal Year | DOS and USAID

The below figures show the amount of funding that was requested, appropriated, obligated, and spent for activities within a given year. These figures are interactive—choose your funding type and year of interest to learn more about which agencies programmed funds for which purposes.

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Appropriated Funding By Fiscal Year | DOS and USAID

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Obligated Funding By Fiscal Year | USAID

The below figures show the amount of funding that was requested, appropriated, obligated, and spent for activities within a given year. These figures are interactive—choose your funding type and year of interest to learn more about which agencies programmed funds for which purposes.

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Spent Funding By Fiscal Year | USAID

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Award Table | USAID

U.S. agencies issue awards to implementing partners for the purpose of delivering foreign assistance abroad. These awards are the basis of the data available on this page. An award consists of individual financial transactions that agencies report to ForeignAssistance.gov each quarter. Award data includes quantitative information, like the aggregate amount of funding agencies have obligated or spent for particular activities, as well as qualitative information, like activity titles, descriptions, locations, and implementers.

The below table displays the foreign assistance awards agencies made, as reported by their accounting systems. Please note that this data represents aggregations of transaction-level information as reported by agencies, based on available fields at the time of reporting. Actual award totals may be higher if agencies have not yet reported transactions for certain years of a given award.

Click on the arrow next to an individual award to see additional details like links to strategies, evaluations, and budgets; select multiple awards and then tap the download button to unlock a customized dataset with detailed information on each transaction.

ForeignAssistance.gov publishes new data every two to three weeks. To see what we’re publishing, visit our What’s New page. For a primer on the kinds of data we offer, read our Understanding the Data page. And for everything else, consult our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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Frequently Asked Questions | USAID

What is USAID?

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent federal government agency whose mission is to advance broad-based economic growth, democracy and human progress around the world.

Since its inception in 1961, USAID has carried out U.S. foreign policy by promoting broad-scale human progress in the developing world, at the same time it expands stable, free societies, creates markets and trade partners for the United States, and fosters good will abroad.

For more information see USAID's Who We Are.

When was USAID created?

Following the success of the reconstruction of Europe after World War II through the Marshall Plan and the Truman Administration's Point Four Program -- the 1950 program to engage in technically-based international economic development -- President John F. Kennedy signed the Foreign Assistance Act into law in 1961 and USAID was created by executive order. Since that time, USAID has been the principal U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms.

Please visit USAID History for more information.

Why are the Department of State and USAID’s budget planning figures the same?

The Department of State and USAID’s foreign assistance budgets are requested and appropriated jointly. The funds for the Department of State and USAID are not disaggregated at the request stage of the funding process. Agency- specific data for the Department of State and USAID will be available at the obligated and spent phases of the funding process, and for USAID are available at Where Does USAID’s Money Go? and Foreign Assistance Fast Facts.

Why is USAID’s obligation and spent data separate from the Department of State’s?

The Department of State and USAID’s foreign assistance budgets are requested and appropriated jointly. The funds for the Department of State and USAID are then disaggregated at the obligated and spent phases of the funding process when the appropriated funds are allocated to agency-specific programs and activities.

Where does the USAID data come from?

The source of information for populating ForeignAssistance.gov data fields is USAID’s accounting system of record, used in headquarters and missions overseas. As with all accounting systems, credits and debits are posted daily.

Why are there negative numbers in some of the obligation and disbursement records?

  • Individual records: For an individual record, negative obligations or disbursements result when adjustments are made in the current quarter to a previous transaction. Most commonly, a negative obligation represents a downward adjustment to an obligation made in a prior period. The downward adjustment or “de-obligation” may result from a correction to an erroneous posting made in a prior period or the cancelation of a prior award. A negative disbursement is commonly a refund or reimbursement of unused funds, or a correction to an erroneous posting made in a prior period.
  • Aggregate records: Since reports are made quarterly to ForeignAssistance.gov, negative obligations for a country, sector or operating unit occur when negative adjustments (“de-obligations”) are larger than positive new obligations made in the quarter. Likewise, negative disbursements arise when more money is collected or reimbursed than was paid out in actual disbursements.

Definitions of obligations and disbursements can be found on the website here.

What is Recipient Geographical Area?

The Recipient Geographical Area (RGA) data field identifies the country or geopolitical entity that is receiving the development or humanitarian assistance.

What funds are included in the geographic category “Worldwide?”

Funds are classified as "worldwide" when, at the time of obligation, it is not possible to identify the ultimate recipient of the development or humanitarian assistance. An example is bulk commodity procurements of items that will later be distributed to multiple locations. In addition, general operating expenses (i.e. direct hire salaries and benefits) and administrative funds (i.e. office supplies) are designated as "worldwide."

A deobligation is defined as a “downward adjustment of previously recorded obligations”. GAO Glossary of Terms Used in the Federal Budget Process

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