Map of the Day: Where and How the USA Will Spend Foreign Aid in 2017

Today’s map comes from the new website. It is a fascinating data visualization of planned global development and foreign assistance spending for the Fiscal Year 2017. The entire website is worth your time to peruse.

Here are a few highlights.

$33,965,332,000–the total–amounts to about 1% of the total US budget.

This compares $582.7 billion requested for the department of defense in 2017. In other words, foreign assistance is about 1/17th the amount the USA spends on defense.


The largest recipient of this aid, by far, is Israel.

Israel receives $3 billion in US assistance, exclusively in the security sector.  The next largest aid recipient is Egypt, which receives about half that amount. These other countries round out the top ten. As you can see, there is a close correlation between geo-political priorities and foreign assistance spending.

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The USA spends more on global health than other sectors.

$9.2 billion is planned for health spending. The next largest sector is peace and security, for which $8.3 billion is planned. By far the largest portion of the health spensing — $6 billion–  is focused on combatting HIV/AIDS.  Most of that funding goes to sub-Saharan Africa

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Go check out the website, which is still in Beta form.