Map of the day: How, and where, we spend US foreign aid dollars

Have you ever wondered how, and where, we (i.e., the U.S. government and American taxpayers) spend most of our foreign aid?

Would it surprise you to know we (unlike Britain and most other countries) categorize military deployments and arms sales as ‘foreign aid?’ Didja know our biggest check for ‘aid’ goes to wealthy Israel? Michael Truong at the US State Department did a great visual analysis of our foreign aid budget using Tableau. Go there and be enlightened. The images at the site are interactive.


About Author

Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at] or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.

  • Jonathan Scanlon

    They should add maps for ODA and poverty-focused development assistance. Good to see what it looks like when it’s poverty-focused, there’s still a security bias, but better than this map.