Saturday, January 30, 2010

Foreign Aid Hall of Shame

 

France is below average, the US in the cellar.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am a proponent of the idea that expenditures for international security - aussi contestable soient-ils - is a form of aid. This would apply notably to the US, France and the UK.



Chris P.

Francofou said...

Where are the, um, oil-rich countries?

Anonymous said...

I mean "partisan to the idea...", not "proponent of...". And I acknowledge that this "aid" is oftimes not asked for or even wanted...




CP

DavidinParis said...

Where does this data come from and what counts as foreign aid? I agree with anonymous...not all aid is wrapped up as aid. And some aid is not as altruistic as it would appear.
I would like to see a table showing which countries are responding to Haiti. And we all saw the overwhelming (ironic) flow of help to Bosnia in the days of Clinton...simply put, these numbers don't smell right.

Arthur Goldhammer said...

The data are from the OECD, as clearly stated on the graph, and the indicator, remember is percentage of GDP.

DavidinParis said...

Thanks Arthur...I needed to put on my 10X glasses for that one (caveat the fine print). But what I was seeking was a link with an article or text that explained how they considered foreign aid. Would you supply a related link?

Arthur Goldhammer said...

If you click on the graph, you ll see an enlarged version. I don't have any information on the methodology.

Arthur Goldhammer said...

Here's another interesting aid graphic, this one featuring aid to Haiti measured in per capita terms:
http://manyeyes.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/visualizations/world-aid-to-haiti-aid-per-capita

And guess who's no. 1? Canada.