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Is the United States the country that provides the most aid?

Asked by Eggie (5162 points ) December 29th, 2013

I look at countries that have been hit by natural disasters and were in need of aid, and the United States and Europe are always there. I wonder if the United States provides the most aid for countries in distress.

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The US gives the most on an absolute dollar comparison. But the US is very much in the middle on a per capita basis. There are many countries with far smaller populations that give much more per person than the US.

And foreign aid is much more than disaster relief. Foreign aid is used to influence policy on many different levels.

ETpro's avatar

@zenvelo is absolutely right. Here’s a breakdown by absolute funds for the top ten donor nations. You’d could throw their annual giving into a spreadsheet with their populations and divide to get a per-capita figure.

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