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Interactive Map: Ranking Our Foreign Aid Recipients

Is Our Assistance Going to Countries that Will Use It Wisely?

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See also: Engagement Amid Austerity by John Norris and Connie Veillette

A new report from the Center for American Progress and the Center for Global Development argues that it’s only sensible to ask if the countries currently receiving U.S. economic and security assistance are good places to invest increasingly scarce development dollars. The report makes the case that the United States should put more money into fewer countries, focusing on nations where governments are willing to embrace reform. This approach will make our aid programs more likely to succeed.

This interactive helps you explore how current recipients of U.S. assistance rank on indicators ranging from their observance of the rule of law to the percentage of gross national product spent on the military. The report includes our recommendations for which countries to focus on going forward.

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