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USAID: A history of US foreign aid

John Norris writes on the history of the U.S. Agency for International Development and how it has influenced American foreign policy.

Working in more than 100 countries across Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe, the U.S. Agency for International Development has been at the fore of global efforts to reduce poverty and promote broad-based economic growth. Over the past five years, the agency has spent an average $16 billion annually on sectors such as health, peace and security, and economic development.

Since USAID was established in 1961, it has had 16 different administrators managing billions of dollars and making decisions affecting lives of hundreds of poor people worldwide. How did these administrators shape the evolution of the U.S. government’s primary aid agency — and American foreign policy?

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Authors

John Norris

Senior Fellow; Executive Director, Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative