Progress Under Foreign Assistance Cuts

Can private philanthropy rescue innovation?

By Colleen Gregerson, Managing Director, Maverick Collective/PSI The President’s 2018 budget to Congress proposed a 28.5% reduction in funding to the foreign aid. The impact of such cuts will result in lives lost, security compromised and reduced diplomatic clout. I am also worried about the impact on innovation. When sequestration took hold in the U.S.

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Advancing Global Health Through Innovation

By Congressmen Adam Smith (D-WA) and Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) Across the globe, tens of millions of children’s lives have been saved with the delivery of medicines that cost less than a dollar per dose – thanks in large part to U.S. foreign aid. In rural Western Province, Kenya, Jane Wamalwa, a community health worker, regularly

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Effective Foreign Assistance is Critical to Economic Growth

      In these uncertain economic times we need to maximize every dollar we spend. On January 30 we found out that our economy shrank by 0.1 percent in the fall, the first time since the recession ended. Meanwhile, the Eurozone unemployment rose to 11.8 percent in November, the highest since the euro currency was

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Do Americans Support Global Health Spending?

By Deputy Editor Tom Murphy

What do Americans think about the role of the US in global health? A Kaiser Family Foundation survey released today sought to answer that question.

As you may already know, Americans are terrible at guessing how much of the US budget is spent on foreign assistance. Previous surveys put the estimates of Americans into the 10 to 20 percent range. The latest from KFF shows an even higher average with people surveyed estimating 27% of the federal budget is spent on foreign aid.

As the chart illustrates, the reality of foreign aid spending is vastly different than its perception. Recent studies show the impact that 1% of the US budget has in developing countries. A  Stanford University School of Medicine study determined that PEPFAR saved 740,000 lives between 2004 and 2008. Also, an analysis by the Guttmacher Institute uncovered dramatic changes for every $10 million less spent on international family planning assistance. Despite representing a small sliver of the federal budget, foreign aid does a lot of good and it is especially true in the area of public health.

When people are explained how much is actually spent on foreign aid and the impact it has, attitudes quickly swing towards support.

The number of people who thought too little was spent on foreign aid doubled when learning that only 1% of the federal budget is spent on foreign aid. Looking into global health questions, the survey shows the potential for building greater support in this area as opposed to foreign aid in general.

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How Much of Your Taxes go to Foreign Assistance? Find out!

One is kindly helping Americans figure out how much of their tax bill goes towards Foreign Aid. Using data gleaned from US Census bureau website, the median household income in the United States is $51,914. When you plug that into the ONE calculator = $86 in tax dollars to foreign assistance.

Want to see how much of your taxes go to foreign assistance? Head on over to calculate for yourself here. Then, you can quickly sign the petition that calls on the US government to maintain the 1% budget allocation for foreign assistance that is responsible for saving millions of lives.

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