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Finland: MoFA | SKYE
Germany: Auswaertiges Amt | GTZ
Norway: NORAD | MoFA | MoE
Sweden: SIDA
Switzerland: SDC | seco
USA: USAID | State Department

The USA has traditionally been the top contributor to the United Nations. In 2008, it ranked as the top contributor, giving 3939 million USD, 0.03% of its GNI.[1]


Office of the Director of US Foreign Assistance

The Office of the Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance is charged with directing the transformation of the U.S. Government approach to foreign assistance and with ensuring that foreign assistance is used as effectively as possible to meet broad foreign policy objectives. These include advancing human rights and freedoms; promoting sustainable economic growth and reducing widespread poverty; promoting and supporting democratic, well-governed states; increasing access to quality education, combating disease, and improving public health; responding to urgent humanitarian needs; preventing and responding to conflict; and addressing transnational threats.

To find out more see the Director of Foreign Assistance website


USAID's history goes back to the Marshall Plan reconstruction of Europe after World War Two and the Truman Administration's Point Four Program. In 1961, the Foreign Assistance Act was signed into law and USAID was created by executive order. Since that time, USAID has been the principal U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms.

USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State, and supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting economic growth, agriculture and trade; global health; and, democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance. USAID provides assistance in 5 regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia, Latin America and Caribbean, Europe & CIS, and the Middle East.

USAID, Water and Natural Resources Management

USAID’s natural resource management efforts focus on recognizing and sustaining aquatic ecosystem services as the foundation for further sustainable development. The agency explores opportunities to protect, restore and rehabilitate aquatic systems, and chooses interventions based on sound science and meaningful analysis of costs and benefits. USAID’s work on water-related natural resources management includes:

  • Watershed Protection and River Basin Management
  • Coastal Zone Management
  • Freshwater Ecosystems Management

To find out more see the USAID website



See also

External Resources


 US-AID Report to Congress Water for Poor Act June 2008.pdf

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