Development Assistance

$3 billion*

Minimum Requirement for American Leadership

Development Assistance account is the bedrock of U.S. investments to help the world’s poorest people. The overarching account funds bilateral economic assistance through core sectoral and targeted country specific programming implemented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State.

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Justification for Funding

  • The Development Assistance account funds core sectoral work at USAID and State Department to:
    • obtain access to education and clean water
    • grow nutritious food and promote sustainable agriculture practices
    • promote economic development
    • support good governance and create more sustainable, self-sufficient democratic societies
    • build community resilience to be able to respond to environmental shocks
  • $3 billion is consistent with the amount appropriated in Fiscal Year 2018.

Cost of Cuts Below $3 Billion

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  • Cuts to Development Assistance would jeopardize the effectiveness and efficiency of core sectoral programming and Congressional priorities at USAID and the Department of State.
  • Effective programs like Feed the Future, Power Africa, and the Global Partnership for Education as well as initiatives to support public—private partnerships, engagement with faith based organizations, support orphaned, abandoned, or displaced children, and combat human trafficking.


$3 billion

Opportunity to Catalyze American Leadership


Justification for Full Funding

Impact of Full Funding

USAID has trained more than 9,800 domestic election observers and officials, and provided voter and civic education for more than 6.5 million people.

  • Leverage additional resources from developing countries through support for the Global Partnership for Education.
  • Continued funding for Development Assistance allows for the continued improvement of incomes and food and nutrition security in low-income countries by boosting agricultural productivity through Feed the Future programs.
  • Development Assistance programs also work to demonstrate how green infrastructure, such as planting trees, can address growing urban challenges, including storm-water run-off and air pollution, and also protect vulnerable coastal communities from natural disasters.   

*Enacted FY18 Omnibus Appropriation

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