foreign aid

noun

Definition of foreign aid

: assistance (such as economic aid) provided by one nation to another

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Liberia's gross domestic product grew swiftly between 2003 and 2013, thanks to a big influx of foreign aid. Jessica Eise, The Conversation, "How an aid gusher helped and hurt Liberia," 14 June 2019 Cutting foreign aid to Central America is the absolute last thing the Trump administration should do right now. Amy Guthrie, The Seattle Times, "Caravan of 40 Salvadoran migrants sets out for US border," 30 Mar. 2019 In April, President Donald Trump threatened in April to withdraw foreign aid from Honduras and countries that allowed transit for a similar caravan that set out from the Central American country. Fox News, "Honduran migrant caravan crosses Guatemala border, US-bound," 15 Oct. 2018 The correlation is extremely strong between levels of foreign aid for health and decreasing death rates for some of the deadliest diseases. Bill Gates, WSJ, "Bill Gates: The Best Investment I’ve Ever Made," 16 Jan. 2019 The heart of the US debate over Central America is the level of foreign aid to the region. The Christian Science Monitor, "Why Trump can’t ignore Central America," 6 July 2018 Part of that effort would involve continuing to pay Turkey to prevent trips by migrants to Greece, and part would be a program of foreign aid to make living conditions better in the home countries of many potential migrants, especially in Africa. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, "E.U. Leader Warns of ‘Worst-Case Scenarios,’ Citing Trump," 27 June 2018 Trump has suggested that foreign-aid cuts will be part of the picture, and like-minded critics of foreign aid such as Senator Rand Paul have echoed the sentiment, but those outlays are nowhere near sufficient to offset that $200 billion. The Editors, National Review, "Fiscal Do’s and Don’ts," 12 Feb. 2018 The Trump administration reprogrammed $20 million in foreign aid in September to send to Mexico to pay the transportation fees to deport up to 17,000 Central American migrants. Dara Lind, Vox, "An April caravan inspired a lasting border crackdown — and its members faced harassment and violence when they tried to seek asylum in the US.," 18 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of foreign aid

1947, in the meaning defined above

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