US Foreign Aid by Country

Foreign aid is money that is given by the United States government to governments of other nations. According to the Congressional Research Service, there are five categories of foreign aid: economic assistance, humanitarian aid, multilateral economic contributions, bilateral development aid, and military aid.

The U.S. provides aid to countries that are recovering from war, developing countries, and countries that are strategically important to the U.S. In 2018, the U.S. spent over $47 billion on foreign aid – about $1 billion more than in 2017. About 37% of the aid went to ten countries:

There are several governmental agencies that provide foreign aid. This includes the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Energy, and the Peace Corps, just to name a few.

Many countries all over the world receive foreign aid from the United States, but there are a few that receive significant amounts. Iraq received over $5 billion in 2016, Afghanistan also receives almost $6 billion, Israel received over $3 billion, and Egypt and Jordan each received over $1 billion in aid. These countries receive a significant amount of military aid. In fact, all of Israel’s $3.1 billion was in military aid.

Other nations have received economic and development aid. Afghanistan receives more than any other nation, but countries in Africa received about 32% of U.S. aid. Nations that benefit include Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Tanzania. About 31% of U.S. aid is spent in the Middle East, while 25% is spent in Asia.

Compared to other nations, the U.S. by far spends more foreign aid than anyone else. Germany is the next largest donor, but the U.S. spends over $10 billion a year more than this nation. When considering foreign aid as a percentage of GDP, the U.S. is one of the lowest spenders among all developed countries.

Here are the 10 countries that receive the most foreign aid:

  1. Iraq ($1.17 Bn)
  2. Jordan ($1.16 Bn)
  3. Syria ($819.37 Mn)
  4. Ethiopia ($806.91 Mn)
  5. Afghanistan ($760.17 Mn)
  6. South Sudan ($749.53 Mn)
  7. Nigeria ($739.50 Mn)
  8. Dr Congo ($672.06 Mn)
  9. Yemen ($633.60 Mn)
  10. Kenya ($591.36 Mn)

US Foreign Aid by Country


US Foreign Aid by Country

Country Obligations Disbursements
Iraq$1.17 Bn$870.86 Mn
Jordan$1.16 Bn$855.80 Mn
Syria$819.37 Mn$694.29 Mn
Ethiopia$806.91 Mn$815.35 Mn
Afghanistan$760.17 Mn$809.57 Mn
South Sudan$749.53 Mn$752.51 Mn
Nigeria$739.50 Mn$717.92 Mn
Dr Congo$672.06 Mn$437.97 Mn
Yemen$633.60 Mn$551.54 Mn
Kenya$591.36 Mn$613.60 Mn
Lebanon$590.68 Mn$257.68 Mn
Niger$573.04 Mn$157.48 Mn
Bangladesh$520.16 Mn$311.77 Mn
Uganda$482.71 Mn$433.58 Mn
Somalia$461.83 Mn$406.41 Mn
Tanzania$422.35 Mn$422.66 Mn
South Africa$393.44 Mn$362.68 Mn
Pakistan$370.37 Mn$438.37 Mn
Colombia$265.90 Mn$198.08 Mn
Sudan$260.77 Mn$223.87 Mn
Ukraine$247.30 Mn$231.72 Mn
Mozambique$220.40 Mn$300.80 Mn
Mali$215.90 Mn$197.37 Mn
Egypt$214.35 Mn$148.90 Mn
Malawi$212.42 Mn$327.72 Mn
Haiti$207.61 Mn$265.83 Mn
Zimbabwe$201.36 Mn$169.33 Mn
Senegal$180.36 Mn$156.33 Mn
Zambia$180.08 Mn$331.35 Mn
Rwanda$176.56 Mn$123.08 Mn
Myanmar$172.18 Mn$139.38 Mn
Russia$159.42 Mn$159.33 Mn
Turkey$159.27 Mn$55.20 Mn
Philippines$149.21 Mn$137.40 Mn
Guatemala$148.85 Mn$169.42 Mn
Ghana$141.31 Mn$185.71 Mn
Nepal$134.57 Mn$156.92 Mn
Ivory Coast$126.48 Mn$62.76 Mn
Micronesia$119.01 Mn$64.22 Mn
Tunisia$118.66 Mn$36.17 Mn
Chad$113.08 Mn$79.15 Mn
Honduras$111.54 Mn$125.19 Mn
Madagascar$109.91 Mn$95.48 Mn
Cameroon$105.92 Mn$67.09 Mn
Libya$104.37 Mn$46.19 Mn
Cambodia$100.30 Mn$68.23 Mn
Burkina Faso$92.12 Mn$58.45 Mn
Central African Republic$90.71 Mn$64.95 Mn
El Salvador$88.23 Mn$110.19 Mn
Liberia$86.35 Mn$217.38 Mn
India$85.12 Mn$110.42 Mn
Marshall Islands$84.38 Mn$41.87 Mn
Vietnam$83.12 Mn$77.71 Mn
Peru$82.78 Mn$55.89 Mn
Georgia$77.77 Mn$102.04 Mn
Palau$69.08 Mn$68.11 Mn
Burundi$68.84 Mn$47.41 Mn
Mexico$68.58 Mn$62.91 Mn
Bosnia And Herzegovina$63.06 Mn$39.99 Mn
Indonesia$54.33 Mn$291.58 Mn
Morocco$53.11 Mn$61.93 Mn
Dominican Republic$47.05 Mn$50.77 Mn
Guinea$44.69 Mn$57.41 Mn
Kyrgyzstan$44.21 Mn$45.09 Mn
Eswatini$43.16 Mn$38.20 Mn
Lesotho$42.73 Mn$53.07 Mn
Sri Lanka$42.53 Mn$30.64 Mn
Tajikistan$40.47 Mn$30.40 Mn
Mongolia$38.93 Mn$15.67 Mn
Sierra Leone$38.42 Mn$56.33 Mn
Angola$38.24 Mn$40.59 Mn
Thailand$37.97 Mn$34.70 Mn
Moldova$35.08 Mn$34.70 Mn
Benin$32.58 Mn$53.32 Mn
Nicaragua$30.26 Mn$27.17 Mn
Laos$29.56 Mn$8.15 Mn
Namibia$29.38 Mn$34.45 Mn
Jamaica$29.25 Mn$36.36 Mn
Botswana$27.39 Mn$21.52 Mn
Canada$26.09 Mn-$21.78 Mn
China$25.74 Mn$32.50 Mn
Armenia$25.59 Mn$26.90 Mn
Venezuela$25.01 Mn$15.09 Mn
Ecuador$24.84 Mn$16.71 Mn
Uzbekistan$23.82 Mn$10.66 Mn
Timor Leste$22.91 Mn$20.65 Mn
Brazil$21.31 Mn$24.47 Mn
Mauritania$18.56 Mn$14.15 Mn
Serbia$18.27 Mn$18.44 Mn
Kazakhstan$17.03 Mn$17.46 Mn
Paraguay$15.96 Mn$18.89 Mn
Costa Rica$15.69 Mn$9.66 Mn
Albania$15.50 Mn$16.29 Mn
Republic Of The Congo$15.08 Mn$2.66 Mn
Djibouti$14.80 Mn$10.96 Mn
Azerbaijan$13.97 Mn$12.28 Mn
Cuba$11.90 Mn$12.29 Mn
Israel$10.77 Mn$11.03 Mn
Malaysia$10.73 Mn$8.73 Mn
Belarus$10.19 Mn$8.27 Mn
Panama$9.79 Mn$10.77 Mn
Dominica$9.48 Mn$5.08 Mn
Gabon$8.48 Mn$866,086
Algeria$8.36 Mn$2.25 Mn
Austria$6.21 Mn$2.23 Mn
Argentina$5.02 Mn$3.65 Mn
Turkmenistan$4.54 Mn$3.55 Mn
Papua New Guinea$4.35 Mn$8.40 Mn
Togo$3.86 Mn$2.99 Mn
Guyana$3.60 Mn$3.61 Mn
Poland$3.21 Mn$3.21 Mn
Kuwait$3.07 Mn$4.02 Mn
Vanuatu$2.82 Mn$3.50 Mn
Czech Republic$2.72 Mn$53,731
Belize$2.70 Mn$3.92 Mn
North Korea$2.58 Mn$3.58 Mn
Trinidad And Tobago$2.52 Mn$119,608
Gambia$2.44 Mn$13.14 Mn
Fiji$1.96 Mn$2.31 Mn
Bolivia$1.79 Mn$1.04 Mn
Eritrea$1.54 Mn$752,006
Samoa$1.33 Mn$1.86 Mn
Hungary$1.32 Mn$1.09 Mn
Greece$1.26 Mn$404,305
Comoros$1.23 Mn$1.15 Mn
Tonga$1.18 Mn$1.33 Mn
Montenegro$1.04 Mn$685,480
Iran$917,676$5.48 Mn
Hong Kong$564,000$699,000
Chile$558,102$2.65 Mn
Solomon Islands$524,998$764,229
South Korea$517,754$631,933
Cape Verde$475,518$10.09 Mn
Guinea Bissau$258,508$388,765
Equatorial Guinea$171,014$1.12 Mn
Saint Kitts And Nevis$162,566$51,867
United Arab Emirates$116,128$116,812
Saint Lucia$99,988-
Sao Tome And Principe$24,748-$24,748
Saudi Arabia$17,899$58,257
Bulgaria$13,599$1.19 Mn
Romania$7,886$1.43 Mn
Antigua And Barbuda--$83,614

US Foreign Aid by Country