OPINION – The beneficial effects of the US Foreign Aid program are both underrated and misunderstood. Often times, citizens see foreign aid as a flawed program, or as a purely charitable one. While the efforts of foreign aid are noble and helpful to individuals in developing nations, the truth surrounding foreign aid is, while the program can be improved, it is one of the most mutually beneficial programs that our country has to offer.
Foreign Aid Programs help to build developing countries, which in turn creates global consumers, consumers of United States exports, and strengthens the citizens in developing countries by providing education, infrastructure opportunity and opening free market enterprises. These strategies not only strengthen developing countries, but they also inevitably stimulate the economy in the United States. After all, one in five United States jobs are export related and 45% of our exports are going to developing nations. These nations, especially ones in Africa, are the largest untapped consumers on the globe.
Supporting legislation which increases and improves foreign aid is an exemplary way to invest in the future of impoverished and developing nations, as well as the future of the United States. The Borgen Project is currently working with representatives in Utah to support such legislation. Constituents can learn how to get involved at borgenproject.org
Submitted by Darrah Jones, Southern Utah District Representative for the Borgen Project
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