Foreign aid refers to money or other resources that one country provides to another, either as a gift or loan. Such aid may be offered to strengthen diplomatic relations between the two nations or because the recipient has experienced serious misfortune, such as famine or natural disaster. Countries may offer weapons and other resources to countries engaged in conflict in areas where regional security is important to the country offering aid. Though foreign aid is often discussed in terms of a country's moral obligation to help others in their time of need, the donor country benefits from having strong, economically stable allies.
The United States is generally considered the leading provider of international assistance, reporting higher levels of giving than...Read more