Date of Award

Fall 2023

Document Type



Jannetides College of Business & Entrepreneurial Leadership

Primary Advisor

Professor Natasha Ware


The U.S. is the top spender in the world when it comes to foreign aid, sending billions of dollars around the world each year. There are many different goals and objectives that the U.S. government hopes to accomplish with their spending. This paper is structured as an extended literature review analyzing previous literature on the topic of U.S. foreign aid spending and the results of these funds around the world to test the effectiveness and efficiency. The process of how the foreign aid budget is set will also be discussed as well as the history of why the U.S. started spending funds on foreign aid in the first place. Certain examples and cases of how foreign aid has been used will also be explained to reveal how foreign aid works in the U.S. today and how effective it has been in the past. This background information will allow for a better understanding and discussion on how to improve the results of this spending.