August 12, 2014 – American tax dollars have
been used for years to prop up economic and military programs around the world. Proponents view foreign aid as investments that can save lives. At the same time, foreign aid can drag nations into a cycle of dependence. Mismanagement of those dollars can lead to significant waste and worse. In the hands of the corrupt, foreign aid dollars have been spent on luxury items.
A few examples – The Guardian newspaper reported in 2007 that the U.S. sent $12 billion in cash shrink wrapped on pallets to Iraq with no control over who was receiving it and how it was being spent. Spiegel reported in 2010 that the Afghan government had siphoned off millions of U.S. foreign aid dollars to purchase luxury villas in Dubai. And in 2012, DevEx published an article stating that $13 million in aid money that was reportedly embezzled through the office of the prime minister of Uganda.
Here’s a list of the countries we are giving the most money to, using data for the 2015 fiscal year:
>Israel, $3.1 billion
>Afghanistan, $1.6 billion
>Egypt, $1.5 billion
>Pakistan, $881.8 million
>Nigeria, $720.9 million
What are your thoughts on the way our foreign aid program works (or doesn’t work)?