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The differences between America and other nations have long been a subject of fascination and study for social scientists, dating back to Alexis de Tocqueville, the early 19th century French political thinker who described the United States as “exceptional.”
Nearly 200 years later, Americans’ emphasis on individualism and work ethic stands out in surveys of people around the world. When Pew Research Center surveyed people in 44 countries last spring, 57% of Americans disagreed with the statement “Success in life is pretty much determined by forces outside our control,” a higher percentage than most other nations and far above the global median of 38%.
The US government is the largest donor of foreign aid in the world, with the farthest-reaching effects and ability to improve lives. Today, US foreign aid has saved the lives of billions since government assistance programs began after World War II. US foreign aid accounts for just 1% of the total federal budget, but according to Gates, it’s the best money spent by Americans.
US foreign aid covers funding for everything from niche programs in places like Kosovo, where 400 girls are learning to code to fight sexual harassment, to delivering 1.9 billion medications that saved 743 million people from tropical diseases, like trachoma, a devastating disease that leave children blind if left untreated.
The number of people US foreign aid has helped over the years are, Water and Sanitation 24.2 million people. Between 2012 and 2015, US foreign aid has provided 13.8 million people with improved access to drinking water, 6.5 million with better toilets and sanitation, and 3.1 million with access to water for farming and raising livestock, according to data from the USAID website. In 2008, flooding and landslides wreaked havoc in the Terai region of Nepal. Four years later, US foreign aid (through USAID’s Nepal Flood Recovery Program) helped more than 830,000
The US is the largest contributing country to food aid in the world. Over 3 billion people, or 40% of the world’s population, have been recipients of US food aid in more than 150 countries over the past 60 years. That’s 3 billion people who’ve benefitted from food assistance since 1949. people in 137 community across the country rebuild their lives. In 2015, the US helped train 9 million farmers and improve nutrition for 18 million children, globally.
The US helps feed 5 million hungry people each month in Syria as conflict and civil war in the country has shut off food supplies for some of the 6.5 million people internally displaced in the country. USAID also provides funding that supports programs feeding 1.6 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries, according to USAID. The majority of US foreign aid for education $750 million out of a total of $1.18 billion funds basic learning for children in developing countries. Between 2011 and 2015, 41.6 million children gained access to improved education through US foreign aid across 45 countries.
US foreign aid for global health reaches people in over 50 countries, including Haiti, India, Kenya, and Guatemala. In 2016, USAID helped another 82 million women and children access essential health services, from treating 69.5 million children for pneumonia and diarrhea to helping 5.9 million women safely deliver their babies. But the real gain in global health have been in preventing tropical disease. Over the past 10 years, 743 million people were treated with some of the $11.1 billion in donated medicines funded by USAID.
The FY 2020 President’s Budget Request for the State Department and USAID is $40 billion, which includes $19.2 billion in assistance that USAID fully or partially manages. This Budget would provide necessary resources for USAID to continue its critical role in the U.S. Government’s efforts to promote American security and prosperity through investments that support more stable, resilient, and democratic societies that are self-reliant, capable of leading their own development journeys, and that open markets for U.S. businesses.

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