The U.S. will give an estimated $26 billion in foreign aid in 2008—70% more than when President George W. Bush took office (the figure doesn’t include funds related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan). More than 150 countries get financial assistance from the U.S. Here are the six that received the most this year.
U.S. FOREIGN AID - 2008
|1. Israel||$2.4 billion||Virtually all of this money is used to buy weapons (up to 75% made in the U.S.). Beginning in 2009, the U.S. plans to give $30 billion over 10 years.|
|2. Egypt||$1.7 billion||$1.3 billion to buy weapons; $103 million for education; $74 million for health care; $45 million to promote civic participation and human rights.|
|3. Pakistan||$798 million||$330 million for security efforts, including military-equipment upgrades and border security; $20 million for infrastructure.|
|4. Jordan||$688 million||$326 million to fight terrorism and promote regional stability through equipment upgrades and training; $163 million cash payment to the Jordanian government.|
|5. Kenya||$586 million||$501 million to fight HIV/AIDS through drug treatment and abstinence education and to combat malaria; $15 million for agricultural development; $5.4 million for programs that promote government accountability.|
|6. South Africa||$574 million||$557 million to fight TB and HIV/AIDS; $3 million for education.|
|7. Mexico||$551 million||Click here for details.|
|8. Colombia||$541 million||Click here for details.|
|9. Nigeria||$491 million||Click here for details.|
|10. Sudan||$479 million||Click here for details.|
*Source: Estimates based on figures and documents from the U.S. Department of State. Click here for more information.