Big Mistakes

Handouts do not solve poverty. It’s much cheaper to prevent famines than to keep sending emergency food aid

Many nonprofits work directly with some of the world’s poorest people. Many of their programs are much better than handouts. But 815 million people still go hungry.

Charities can only help a limited number of people in limited ways. This leaves millions of people in extreme poverty. Nonprofits lack the massive resources and influence of wealthy nation governments.

Despite hundreds of billions of dollars spent since World War II, poverty in many nations is getting worse. Why?

Since 1945, the US has spent more than $2.4 trillion on foreign aid.* Billions more dollars were spent by other wealthy nations.

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Broken promises

In 1970, the US supported the general aims of a UN resolution. The wealthy nations promised to give 0.7 percent of their national income to foreign aid. The USA fell far short every year since.

Our 2016 contribution was only 0.18 percent of national income, ranking 22nd behind most economically advanced countries.

Special interests groups capture much of foreign aid for their own profit, even though it is often inefficient or counterproductive.

Many charities do good work. Some help thousands of people, but that doesn’t fully solve the problem. 815 million people are still hungry. 1.8 billion people or 25% of the worldwide population were struggling to live on less than $2.50 in 2015. We can do better!

The noble efforts of many charities who work to end extreme poverty
fall short. They cannot do it alone with the size of the problem and inefficient government participation.


Broken promises

Since 1970, the world’s wealthiest nations have agreed many times to give 0.7 percent of their total national income (GDP) to end poverty.

Decades later, the United States still only gives 0.23 percent of its GDP. That’s less than a third of what was promised. Most of the wealthy nations act similarly. As a result, extreme poverty continues.

(Agreed in 1970, the UN has determined the foreign aid target of 0.7% of a donor’s national income for developed countries. However, only Sweden, UAE, Norway, Luxembourg, Denmark, the Netherlands and the UK are currently meeting this goal. Whilst in absolute dollars, the US tops the list, its contribution compared to Gross National Income was only 0.18 percent in 2016, placing it 22nd behind most economically advanced countries. Many of the wealthy nations act similarly. As a result, extreme poverty continues.)

Off target

The money we do give often never helps those who need it most. For example, over half our foreign aid goes for political and military strategic interests, not poverty relief.

(For 2015, the percentages were Military and security aid (35%), political aid (11%), humanitarian aid (16%), long-term development aid (38%).

(The US spends $30 billion on aid that assists the world’s poorest as compared to $633 billion on military spending).


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