Before I list the five steps, it’s worth highlighting the fact that, on average, Americans think the U.S. spends 25% of its budget on foreign aid and think 10% would be more appropriate. The real figure? Under 1%.
Now, in order to maximize that <1%, here are a few steps CGD thinks the U.S. could (should?) take:
1. Stop mandating that 75% of food aid be shipped on U.S. vessels
2. Stop mandating that food aid be American-grown
3. Stop letting aid groups re-sell food aid
4. Stop American agriculture subsidies
5. Stop stipulating the details of aid