foreign aid


Definition of foreign aid

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

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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 His economic adviser, Francisco Rodríguez, chief economist at the Wall Street investment bank Torino Capital, says the candidate wants to expand social services, restructure the country’s debt and open Venezuela to foreign aid. Rachelle Krygier, Washington Post, "The man who’s betting he will be Venezuela’s next president — if he can get people to vote," 7 Apr. 2018 All the foreign aid programs in the world combined cannot improve the lives of the world’s poorest citizens more than freer trade. WSJ, "Mr. President, It’s Time for Zero Tariffs," 17 Oct. 2018 Only after the migrant caravan set out toward the United States did President Trump threaten to stop approving foreign aid to Honduras. Liliana Frankel, Teen Vogue, "A Day in the Life of the Migrant Caravan," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of foreign aid

1947, in the meaning defined above

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