How little is spent on foreign aid.

That thing we always get told about? That we\’ve all promised to spend 0.7% of GDP on foreign aid? And aren\’t the Americans bastards for not doing so?

Interesting point made:

A pop quiz: What’s the largest U.S.-based international relief and development organization?

It’s not Save the Children, and it’s not CARE — both terrific secular organizations. Rather, it’s World Vision, a Seattle-based Christian organization (with strong evangelical roots) whose budget has roughly tripled over the last decade.

Basic numbers are here.

Take out the govt aid they deliver and they\’re on about $700 million a year. That\’s about 0.005% of GDP through one charity alone.

That doesn\’t get counted though….for the pledge is about only the spending that is forcibly removed from pockets via taxation rather than what people might freely give of their own.

5 comments on “How little is spent on foreign aid.

  1. The purpose of Aid is to purchase status for the donor. No problem with that if its done honestly- Joe buys Jim a meal, everyone therefor gets to like Joe and the more needy Jim is seen to be the more status Joe attracts.
    Governments (who pay for the production of these figures) are seeking to acquire status using other people’s money- and they are generally trying to favour their friends, and thus garner support, than they are in feeding the hungriest.

  2. World Vision’s done quite well. I suspect in part that that’s because some of us (in the UK; don’t know about the US) are getting a little fed up with the lefty tripe that Tearfund, which used to be the major attraction for the same constituency, keeps emanating.

  3. Tim,
    I am obviously missing the link between ’0.7% of GDP on foreign aid’ and ‘That’s about 0.005% of GDP through one charity alone.’.

    And: ‘World Vision was blessed with another year of growth in fiscal 2009. Our total revenue reached $1.2 billion’.
    With: ‘Take out the govt aid they deliver and they’re on about $700 million a year’.

    I know that you know that I know etc. but sometimes me am too dense getty point.

    ‘That doesn’t get counted though….for the pledge is about only the spending that is forcibly removed from pockets via taxation rather than what people might freely give of their own’,
    suggests that people aligned to a charity give approx. 2/3rds of the money…

    But I fail to find the pledge.
    Please elucidate.

    STB.

  4. Tim’s saying that lefties demand governments, through taxation, spend 0.7% of their GDP on overseas aid and the United States fares badly by this comparison. However they fail to take into account the large amount of private overseas aid which takes place, with this one charity in particular spending $700m of private money, which equals 0.005% of GDP (its total spend is $1.2bn but you can’t count $500m for the purposes of this argument as it comes from the taxpayer)

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