Countries That Receive the Most Foreign Aid From the U.S.
Countries That Receive the Most Foreign Aid From the U.S.

by Palmer Gibbs

Using the most recent data available from the United States Agency for International Development, InsideGov ranked the 25 countries that receive the most total foreign assistance from the U.S.

The United States' role abroad remains a contentious issue in politics and elections. In the modern era, former President Woodrow Wilson's muscular foreign policy introduced an increased American footprint in Latin America and Europe. Wilson's proposed League of Nations (which ultimately led to the creation of the United Nations) outlined how the world could maintain peace post World War I -- with the U.S. as the primary leader.

The conversation continues into the 2016 presidential election.

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has focused his comments about foreign policy on halting immigration, whether by building a wall in between the U.S. and Mexico or by temporarily stopping the migration of Muslims into America. Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has said she believes the U.S. needs to take on a leadership role in international politics. She has proposed diplomacy work with allies, and an increased air campaign against ISIS strongholds in Iraq and Syria.

The wide array of foreign policy positions and ideas indicate there are a lot of ways the United States can be involved on the international stage. With this in mind, Graphiq politics site InsideGov decided to examine which countries receive the most foreign aid from the U.S. Using the most recent data available from the United States Agency for International Development, InsideGov ranked the 25 countries that receive the most total foreign financial assistance from the U.S., listing countries from smallest to largest total received.

Foreign assistance includes loans, contracts and grants, but not debt forgiveness. The data source categorizes assistance as either economic or military, and covers U.S. assistance from 1946 to 2014. Dollar figures in the story are inflation-adjusted to 2014.

 

#25. Sudan

 

Sudan received a total of $263,922,519 in foreign assistance from the U.S. That full amount was in economic aid; the U.S. did not provide any military aid to Sudan in 2014.

 

#24. Georgia

 

Georgia received a total of $289,479,545 in foreign assistance from the U.S. That breaks down into $235,678,312 in economic assistance and $53,801,233 in military assistance.

 

#23. Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

 

In 2014, Ukraine received a total of $308,530,047 in foreign assistance from the U.S. That breaks down into $251,263,400 in economic assistance and $57,266,647 in military assistance.

 

#22. Philippines

Philippine Independence Day

 

The Philippines received a total of $329,156,230 in foreign assistance from the U.S. That breaks down into $267,758,519 in economic assistance and $61,397,711 in military assistance.

 

#21. Mexico

 

Mexico received a total of $332,311,612 in foreign assistance from the U.S. That breaks down into $281,093,177 in economic assistance and $51,218,435 in military assistance.

 

#20. Mozambique

Mozambique President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi

 

Mozambique received a total of $337,121,453 in foreign assistance from the U.S. That breaks down into $336,466,953 in economic assistance and $654,500 in military assistance.

 

#19. Haiti

Haiti carnival of flowers

 

Haiti received a total of $355,288,257 in foreign assistance from the U.S. That breaks down into $353,446,757 in economic assistance and $1,841,500 in military assistance.

 

#18. Somalia

Somalia

 

Somalia received a total of $402,199,930 in foreign assistance from the U.S. That breaks down into $266,346,930 in economic assistance and $135,853,000 in military assistance.

 

#17. Iraq

 

Iraq received a total of $410,175,253 in foreign assistance from the U.S. That breaks down into $388,105,085 in economic assistance and $22,070,168 in military assistance.

 

#16. Lebanon

Lebanon

 

Lebanon received a total of $433,853,957 in foreign assistance from the U.S. That breaks down into $347,318,915 in economic assistance and $86,535,042 in military assistance.

 

#15. Democratic Republic of the Congo

Democratic Republic of the Congo President Joseph Kabila Kabange

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo received a total of $438,513,068 in foreign assistance from the U.S. That breaks down into $427,957,045 in economic assistance and $10,556,023 in military assistance.

 

#14. Palestine

Palestinian flag

 

Palestine received a total of $497,265,945 in foreign assistance from the U.S. That breaks down into $497,148,607 in economic assistance and $117,338 in military assistance.

 

#13. South Africa

 

South Africa received a total of $515,575,677 in foreign assistance from the U.S. That breaks down into $510,921,375 in economic assistance and $4,654,302 in military assistance.

 

#12. Uganda

Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

 

Uganda received a total of $557,267,873 in foreign assistance from the U.S. That breaks down into $526,647,494 in economic assistance and $30,620,379 in military assistance.

 

#11. Colombia

Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos

 

Colombia received a total of $560,386,195 in foreign assistance from the U.S. That breaks down into $483,895,199 in economic assistance and $76,490,996 in military assistance.

 

#10. Tanzania

 

Tanzania received a total of $589,369,890 in foreign assistance from the U.S. That breaks down into $582,302,956 in economic assistance and $7,066,934 in military assistance.

 

#9. Nigeria

USAID in Nigeria

 

Nigeria received a total of $593,042,294 in foreign assistance from the U.S. That breaks down into $585,044,061 in economic assistance and $7,998,233 in military assistance.

 

#8. Zambia

 

Zambia received a total of $672,901,484 in foreign assistance from the U.S. That breaks down into $672,521,984 in economic assistance and $379,500 in military assistance.

 

#7. Ethiopia

Ethiopian food shortage

 

Ethiopia received a total of $742,167,094 in foreign assistance from the U.S. That breaks down into $736,588,838 in economic assistance and $5,578,256 in military assistance.

 

#6. South Sudan

South Sudan

 

South Sudan received a total of $867,794,241 in foreign assistance from the U.S. That breaks down into $833,821,374 in economic assistance and $33,972,867 in military assistance.

 

#5. Kenya

 

Kenya received a total of $891,665,410 in foreign assistance from the U.S. That breaks down into $860,346,535 in economic assistance and $31,318,875 in military assistance.

 

#4. Pakistan

 

Pakistan received a total of $980,874,076 in foreign assistance from the U.S. That breaks down into $716,691,718 in economic assistance and $264,182,358 in military assistance.

 

#3. Jordan

King Abdullah II Bin Al Hussein

 

Jordan received a total of $1,136,844,020 in foreign assistance from the U.S. That breaks down into $790,573,736 in economic assistance and $346,270,284 in military assistance.

 

#2. Israel

 

Israel received a total of $3,123,404,708 in foreign assistance from the U.S. That breaks down into $23,404,708 in economic assistance and $3,100,000,000 in military assistance.

 

#1. Afghanistan

Afghanistan

 

Afghanistan received a total of $7,260,138,430 in foreign assistance from the U.S. That breaks down into $2,395,967,782 in economic assistance and $4,864,170,648 in military assistance.

 

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