Trends in USAID Funding

GMA 460L - Senior Seminar Research Lab

The United States Agency for International Development is an independent institution that funds projects and missions in foreign countries that need economic assistance. Each new administration appoints a new administrator of USAID. The trends and patterns of spending during the eighteen-year time frame from 2001 to 2019 reflect upon the Bush Administration, the Obama Administration and the current Trump Administration. The data shows a fluctuating system with a general rise in the amount of aid given. The two highest trends in the cumulative data are reflected in the Trump and Obama administrations showing no drastic relationship to bipartisanship. The four countries that received the most amount of aid over the course of eighteen years are: Ethiopia, Syria, South Sudan, and Pakistan with an overall donation of $ 11,560,997,100. While humanitarian aid is essential in helping countries climb out of poverty, the importance of Disaster Risk Resiliency (DRR) is essential in ensuring robust infrastructure and mitigation efforts.