Choose to Invest FY2019

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Executive Summary

In the face of humanitarian crises, increasing violent conflict, and famine, American leadership is needed now more than ever in the world. Standing with those living in the poorest and most vulnerable places around the world is an investment in the kind of future we want for our country and our world.

As the nation’s leading policy advocate for development and humanitarian relief programs, representing nearly 190 U.S.-based nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and a combined annual donor base of $15 billion, InterAction is proud to present Choose to Invest, our funding recommendations for Fiscal Year 2019. Published annually since 2012, Choose to Invest represents our community’s funding recommendations and justifications for U.S. global development and humanitarian programs to the President and Congress.

On February 12, President Trump proposed a 30% cut to the foreign assistance budget from Fiscal Year 2017. InterAction, joining with members of the humanitarian and development community rejected these proposed cuts to poverty-focused development and humanitarian assistance programs that have already proven to save lives and American taxpayer dollars.

In contrast to the President’s budget proposal, Choose to Invest is our community’s recommendation for a reasonable and responsible topline and sector-specific International Affairs Budget. Our top-line recommendations, are:

  • Urging overall funding for the foreign assistance budget be no less than $59.1 billion for Fiscal Year 2019;
  • Funding for poverty-focused international affairs programs not come at the expense of other poverty-focused development, global health and humanitarian programs that, together, engender a safer and more prosperous world, and;
  • Sector specific recommendations, which can be found on this website.

Building on decades of experience by our InterAction members in nearly every country in the world, each account justification addresses how to maintain U.S. global leadership within the account’s sector through sustained funding, the impact of proposed cuts, and how to catalyze American leadership through increased funding. 

As Congress moves to finalize Fiscal Year 19 appropriations, we urge you to choose to invest in foreign assistance and hope that this will be a valuable and education tool.

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