Foreign Aid Research Paper

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Foreign Aid: Helping or Hurting? Josh Hamilton Abstract In this paper, the foreign aid policy of the United States will be called into question. While looking at three of the United States government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Department of Education, it will be shown that the United States puts more money into aid given internationally than aid given domestically. With credible facts and statistics, this paper will show that the United States does not help their citizens as much as they should. Foreign Aid: Helping or Hurting? There exists a city that is perpetually at risk and remains a fragile reminiscence of a much more…show more content…
agencies and programs, the United States has focused on two main areas of helping: domestically and internationally. There are many federal agencies that provide aid for many people in the United States. One of those agencies is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This department is responsible for “protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves” (Sebelius, n.d.). They have over 300 programs including Medicare, Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Head Start. Medicare and Medicaid, which are healthcare programs for the aged and needy, are the most funded programs offered by the HHS with over seventy-five percent of the annual budget. TANF is a joint federal-state cash assistance program for low-income families with children. Finally, Head Start is a program that provides education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families (DeHaven, Department of Health and Human Services, 2013). With just this multitude of programs, the HHS alone needs a substantial amount of funds to keep these four programs in motion. The budget for 2013 approximates that this agency will spend $908 million just to fund these domestic programs (DeHaven, Department of Health and Human Services, 2013). Only three percent of that proposed budget is going toward employee pay and department purchases…show more content…
In The Price of Aid, directed by Jihan el Tahri, an examination of the international food relief distribution’s politics and the effects it has on African nations is portrayed as profound, yet startling. In this film, it is argued that giving federal aid is “good and charitable” for the United States, but creates “less visible and more destructive” problems for other countries such as Zambia. This film demonstrates how destructive giving aid is not always beneficial, especially when the assistance is not needed. In the film, Zambia is conceived as a poor country in need but the officials of Zambia do not want the help from the United States. In fact, unnecessary aid can make multiple countries collapse because the aid is being “forced” upon the countries by the United States (Tahri,

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