Our nation’s strategic investment in global development and diplomacy not only matters overseas – it matters right here at home for our security, economy, and values as a nation. Together, we’re working to urge members of Congress to support strong civilian programs to help build a better, safer world and America.
American global development and diplomacy programs are more important than ever in today’s world: they keep us safe, build economic prosperity, and strengthen our humanitarian values. Most Americans believe we spend as much as 25% of the federal budget on foreign assistance. Yet we actually spend just 1% of the federal budget — a penny on the dollar.
Our nation’s top generals and admirals are the first to remind us that in today’s world, military power alone cannot keep us safe from complex threats like terrorism, pandemics, and failed states. Addressing the root causes of violent conflict overseas through development and diplomacy helps protect Americans and helps reduce the need to send our servicemen and women into harm’s way.
America’s diplomats and development workers help put the building blocks in place so that U.S. companies can expand their exports, reach new markets, and create more jobs here at home. With 95% of the world’s consumers outside of our borders and the fastest-growing markets in developing countries, it’s vital that we stay competitive in the global marketplace, ensure a level playing field for American businesses, and reach more customers.
American development and relief programs save lives, cure disease, and foster democratic values. Over the past several decades, American foreign assistance has helped cut extreme poverty in half. Millions of people are alive today thanks to U.S. assistance to fight HIV/AIDS, malaria, and hunger. These programs reinforce the values and compassion of the American people.