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5 Facts that #StoptheMyth about U.S. Development Assistance

By Ken Forsberg, Senior Policy Manager, and Jeremy Kadden, Senior Legislative Manager, InterAction

In their foundation’s 2014 Annual Letter, Bill and Melinda Gates hit head-on three of the most pervasive myths that block progress for the world’s poor. One of these myths is the idea that development assistance is a waste.

“…broadly speaking,” Bill Gates writes, “aid is a fantastic investment, and we should be doing more.”

A Good Year for U.S. Foreign Assistance

If you had told me a year ago that 2014 would be a good year for U.S. foreign assistance funding, I would not have believed you (no matter how much I may have wanted to). It’s not that efforts to reduce global poverty and meet humanitarian needs were being singled out for cuts – the whole federal budget was being axed. Sequestration was about to take a 5% chunk out of every account in the government and Congress was threatening to spend the rest of the year careening from one debt limit crisis to another government shutdown.

InterAction Analysis: What the Budget Deal Means for Foreign Assistance and What's Next

The budget deal Congress reached October 16 to re-open the federal government and raise the U.S. debt limit has very little immediate or direct impact on foreign assistance. The two main elements of the law – a continuing resolution to re-open the government through January 15 and a provision to raise the debt ceiling until February 7 – essentially restore spending to what it was before the shutdown.

Weathering the Storm: Foreign Assistance in the 2014 Budget

One of the most important things Congress does each year is hash out a federal budget. It is never easy – and it is rarely pretty – but by October 1 the country should have a new spending plan that spells out how much funding will go to global health, education, humanitarian relief and other programs that I and so many other Americans care deeply about. 

Key word here? Should.

Latest Budget Development in U.S. House Threatens Progress on Global Poverty

The House Appropriations subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations (SFOPs) today approved their proposed  fiscal year 2014 spending plan for the Department of State and the U.S.

InterAction Analysis: President Obama's 2014 Budget

In the $3.77 trillion budget that President Obama unveiled this month, he includes $52 billion for the International Affairs Budget (150 account) for fiscal year (FY) 2014. Of that, $48.2 billion is for the account's "base" budget, while $3.8 billion is in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). How does that compare to past funding for these critical accounts? How does it break down for specific programs? Here's InterAction's analysis.

President’s Request Moves OCO Funding into the Base International Affairs Budget

The Good, the Bad and the Budget: What Obama's Plan Means for Foreign Aid

The $3.77 trillion budget proposal that the Obama Administration rolled out today contains mixed news for supporters of international aid. His plan includes boosts to some health and development programs, and overall higher funding levels for foreign assistance than what Congress has put forward. But his funding recommendation is still a decrease from previous years, and specific cuts he proposes to humanitarian programs are cause for concern.

IA Analysis: What's Next for Foreign Assistance

Now that the across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration have come down, the smoke is starting to clear to reveal just what the damage will be to foreign assistance accounts that support lifesaving programs around the world.

InterAction Analysis: What The Fiscal Cliff Deal Could Mean For Foreign Aid

The last-second, nail-biting fiscal cliff agreement that Congress passed Jan. 1 is mostly focused on taxes, rather than spending, as has been widely reported. As a result of the deal, most of us have heard by now that the bill permanently extends Bush-era income tax cuts for individuals earning up to $400,000 and couples making up to $450,000, allows tax rates to rise for those earning more than that, and changes the tax code in a number of significant ways. 

Beyond The "Fiscal Cliff:" Congress And The 2013 Federal Budget

Many Americans are focused right now on the impending “fiscal cliff,” a package of across-the-board spending cuts and tax hikes set to take effect Jan. 1. But let’s not forget about that other impending fiscal decision that has been delayed for months – the 2013 budget. As those budget negotiations continue, it is critical that foreign assistance funding not suffer disproportionate cuts.


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