WASHINGTON, D.C. — The International Affairs Budget is a topic many Americans stray away from often because they have been falsely educated about the expenditure. While most of the country’s citizens believe that 25 percent of federal spending goes towards the Budget, in reality, only around 1 percent is truly spent.
Successes of the International Affairs Budget
The International Affairs Budget goes beyond staffing U.S. embassies and preventing violent conflict. It funds humanitarian programs and works with organizations to bring an end to the global poverty that is currently affecting 736 million people.
The Budget’s funds several different aid programs. It assists in providing proper sanitation facilities and clean drinking water to those living in impoverished regions and works to end world hunger by implementing agricultural programs into poverty-ridden communities. It helps fragile nations gain economic stability and independence and improves access to education for children living in poverty. Furthermore, it provides humanitarian relief to poverty-stricken regions that undergo natural disasters.
Thanks to the budget, CARE provided aid to 80 million impoverished people in 2016. In 20 years, the number of children dying before the age of five has decreased by 50 percent. From 2009 to 2010, it helped reduce the number of people suffering from hunger by 98 million. The average income in 17 African countries increased by 50 percent between 1996 and 2008. The budget has also helped reduce the number of polio cases by 99 percent.
While it would be impossible to encapsulate the entirety of the International Affairs Budget’s impact, these numbers do provide a glimpse into its invaluable importance. The Budget accelerates the time in which global suffering can be eradicated. For millions of people, it is the sole reason they have been able to rise out of poverty each year.
The Budget not only improves the standard of living for any human living an impoverished life but also American lives. It houses an economic return for the U.S. The more people that are freed from poverty and able to gain financial stability, the better the U.S. economy becomes because more people have the ability to purchase American goods.
Thanks to the great work that has been done over the past 20 years to fight global poverty, new markets have opened up in the United States. Even more, 45 percent of the country’s exports now go to developing nations. Thusly, the International Affairs Budget is both a government fund and a sound investment since it betters not only global economic systems but also the American economy.
Promotes Gender Equality
By funding initiatives that work to eliminate acts of gender-based violence, the International Affairs Budget challenges harmful gender norms that currently hold millions of women back. The Budget puts money towards programs such as CARE’s Equal Value, Equal Rights initiative, which works to advance the rights of domestic female workers employed in Latin America.
The budget also funds programs that work to eradicate child marriage, such as U.N. Women’s Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women in India. Its initiatives emphasize schooling for young girls, such as USAID’s Give Girls a Chance to Learn project in Malawi. By standing in support of the International Affairs budget, people are not only advocating for humanity but equality.
Improving Global Health.
By funding projects that set up health clinics in developing nations and work to end pandemic diseases such as Zika, HIV and Ebola, the International Affairs Budget helps progress in global health. The Budget also puts money towards programs such as the Presidential Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR), which provides treatment for those suffering from the AIDS epidemic who do not have the money to afford treatment.
Thanks to PEPFAR, 14.6 million lives have been saved and 2.4 million babies have been born free of the disease. By addressing the health needs of the world’s poor, the International Affairs Budget saves the lives of these impoverished people that would have otherwise been lost. Therefore, it plays a vital role in the advancement of global health.
Thanks to the International Affairs Budget, global poverty is being addressed through many programs. The Budget has been instrumental in tackling the issue. It has given humanitarian organizations the tools needed to build these impoverished nations up. If the world ever sees a day free of global poverty, The International Affairs Budget will be largely responsible. Without it, many of these programs would not even exist.
– Candace Fernandez<