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$30.1 Billion

requested in foreign assistance for FY 2021

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What is U.S. Government Foreign Assistance?

Foreign assistance is aid given by the United States to other countries to support global peace, security, and development efforts, and provide humanitarian relief during times of crisis. It is a strategic, economic, and moral imperative for the United States and vital to U.S. national security.

The first U.S. aid program took shape after World War II when then Secretary of State George Marshall acted to provide significant aid to Europe after the war to assist the continent in rebuilding its infrastructure, strengthening its economy, and stabilizing the region. This led to the creation of several foreign assistance programs in subsequent years to build off the success of the Marshall Plan. The next milestone for foreign assistance occurred in 1961, when President Kennedy signed the Foreign Assistance Act into law and created the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This marked a significant increase in U.S. foreign assistance efforts and USAID became the first U.S. foreign assistance agency whose primary focus was long-term global development to include economic and social progress.

Today, the U.S. manages foreign assistance programs in more than 100 countries around the world through the efforts of over 20 different U.S. government agencies. These investments further America's foreign policy interests on issues ranging from expanding free markets, combating extremism, ensuring stable democracies, and addressing the root causes of poverty, while simultaneously fostering global good will.

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Which Countries Receive U.S. Government Foreign Assistance?

U.S. government agencies manage and implement foreign assistance funds through programs that benefit countries, regions, and the world. The U.S. government provides assistance to over 100 countries around the world. Click below to learn more about one of these featured countries or explore the map to find details on all countries receiving foreign assistance.

How is Foreign Assistance Categorized?

Foreign assistance funding is classified into nine categories, which are further detailed into 52 sectors. Funds are uniquely aligned to one category and sector.

ForeignAssistance.gov’s nine categories are shown below.

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Multi-Sector is used when a sector cannot be identified and/or aid may be cross-cutting across several categories


$30.1 Billion

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Which Agencies Manage Foreign Assistance Funds?

There are over 20 U.S. government agencies responsible for either funding or executing U.S. foreign assistance activities. The agencies listed below represent the agencies which are currently reporting to ForeignAssistance.gov. All agencies are working to improve the quantity and quality of their data and to report data on a quarterly basis.

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  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of the Interior
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of State
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of the Treasury
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • Inter-American Foundation
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  • Peace Corps
  • U.S. African Development Foundation
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Trade and Development Agency
  • Export-Import Bank of the United States

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