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How Do You Aid?

| July 18, 2013

The debate in the U.S. over whether or not to cut off aid to Egypt after the June coup/popular uprising got us thinking about the bigger picture of U.S. foreign assistance. If Egypt was getting $1.5 billion a year – including $1.3 billion in military aid – who else in the world was getting help from Uncle Sam and how much of it was military aid vs. economic aid? Below we crunch the numbers for the top 10 recipients of U.S. foreign assistance:

  • John LeBlanc

    Good idea but graphically this is terrible. The display suggests that the $ amount in each row should be equal, e.g., Afghanistan+Pakistan should equal Israel. There’s a reason there are standard ways of graphically showing data; the reader must be aided to grasp the data and not have to wade through the graphics. Use bars or stacked bars in a single graph. As well, it would be far easier to compare $ if they were right and not left justified.