Reports and Data

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We understand that humanitarian assistance is both a gift and an investment on behalf of the American public. It contributes to a future that all of us will share. We are constantly looking for ways to work smarter.

We are committed to transparency and accountability - to serve as a model of open and collaborative government.

Featured Reports and Publications

Each week, USAID features selected reports and publications on this page to highlight the work of our staff and partners around the globe. For more reports on USAID's work, please visit our Reports to Congress page and the Development Experience Clearinghouse.

Shared Interest: How USAID Enhances U.S. Economic Growth

The primary objective of United States Government (USG) foreign assistance is to promote U.S. and international security and prosperity by bolstering economic and political stability and self-reliance in developing countries. There is no doubt that investing in global development progress is vital to U.S. national security. However, USG foreign assistance through U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) also benefits the U.S. economy and U.S. workers. As one of the most internationally competitive economies in the world, the U.S. is a major exporter of goods and services, and our exports are in demand the world over. As countries get richer, they want to buy more U.S. products and services. By supporting economic growth and self-reliance in developing countries, USAID helps create better, stronger and more resilient markets for U.S. exports.

When countries have the commitment to move forward, USAID programs can provide the needed capital, technology, ideas, and know-how to assist them. USAID is both from the American people and for the American people.

Learn more in Chief Economist, Dr. Louise Fox’s and Senior Economist, Robyn Broughton’s, Shared Interest Paper.

FY 2017 Agency Financial Report: Helping People Progress Beyond Assistance

From USAID Administrator Mark Green:

The day I arrived at USAID, I described our mission like this: the purpose of foreign assistance should be ending its need to exist. I believe that each of our programs should look forward to the day when it can end, and, around the world, we should measure our work by how far each investment moves us closer to that day.

Each country must lead its own development journey, so I believe USAID should prioritize tools and reforms that build a country’s capacity to take on its own challenges. Every human being, every family, every community, and every country wants the self-dignity of providing for itself and being self-reliant. In the area of humanitarian assistance, we will always stand with people when disaster strikes or crises emerge, because that is who we are as Americans. As the world’s leader in humanitarian assistance, we will also call on others to do their part.

As responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars, we will work relentlessly to ensure our partners deliver assistance as effectively as possible, and because we believe that the truest sense of compassion comes with helping others to help themselves. As we respond to immediate needs, we will also look for ways to build partner resilience against future crises.

This is the vision toward which we are working. For USAID to succeed, we must constantly improve. We should be better today than we were yesterday.

The actions and goals described in this Agency Financial Report (AFR) are critical to that effort. We worked with the Office of Inspector General to ensure the financial and summary performance data included in this report are complete, reliable, and accurate. This AFR shares how we are becoming more effective and efficient, including steps we are taking to be more responsive to the Department of the Treasury and our interagency partners. It describes how we are strengthening country capacity, and becoming more outcome driven. And it shares how we are strengthening our monitoring– and–evaluation systems to improve oversight and accountability. By taking these steps, I believe that USAID is helping to move us closer to the day when foreign assistance is no longer needed.

Learn more in the FY 2017 Agency Financial Report.

Research and Development Progress Report - FY 2015

USAID invested $425 million in research and development (R&D) in 2015, and joined forces with partners to tackle some of the biggest development challenges ahead of us — from ending preventable child deaths to rooting out hunger. By scaling solutions like the ones highlighted in this report, we can go beyond incremental progress and achieve transformative change in sectors such as agriculture, health, environment, and governance.

When we invest in R&D, we unlock force multipliers for our work and identify solutions not just for today’s challenges, but for the challenges of the future. We can help eliminate the causes and effects of global poverty and respond to emerging challenges posed by a growing population and a changing climate. We can save and improve lives, contribute to economic growth, enhance stability, and help build stronger families, communities, and nations.

USAID’s R&D investments will continue to pay dividends well into the future, making important contributions toward advancing our national security, promoting our economic interests, and reaffirming U.S. leadership on the international stage. Through a strong R&D enterprise, USAID catalyzes and scales innovations by leveraging domestic and international research efforts, filling knowledge gaps, and strengthening thought leadership in international development.

Learn more in the Research and Development Progress Report.

Results and Data

See how our work - on behalf of the American public - spans the globe:

Vietnamese flood victims receive aid from USAID. Foreign assistance comprises less than 1% of the total federal budget.
Vietnamese flood victims receive aid from USAID. Foreign assistance comprises less than 1% of the total federal budget.

Did You Know?

  • More than 3 million lives are saved every year through USAID immunization programs. And thanks to USAID, over 850,000 people have been reached with USAID HIV prevention education, and 40,000 people have been trained to support HIV/AIDS programs in their own countries.
  • More than 50 million couples worldwide use family planning as a direct result of USAID's population program.
  • With the help of USAID, 21,000 farm families in Honduras have been trained in improved land cultivation practices which have reduced soil erosion by 70,000 tons.
  • USAID has targeted some $15 million in technical assistance for the energy sectors of developing countries. U.S. assistance has built a $50 billion annual market for private power. U.S. firms are capturing the largest share of the $50 billion annual market for private power in these markets.

Last updated: June 28, 2018

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