U.S. Foreign Aid History

The concept of extending financial assistance to developing and underdeveloped countries around the world began in the U.S. after World War II. Since its inception, American foreign aid activities have become an integral part of the country’s foreign policy.

U.S. Foreign Aid History: evolution in brief
Foreign aid as a concept emerged in the U.S. after World War II, mainly to facilitate the economic and physical reconstruction of Western Europe. Foreign aid also supported the expansion of Soviet Russia in the post-World War II era.In 1945, the U.S. and a team of other nations founded the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, commonly called the World Bank.

This new organization promoted economic development and helped to distribute aid properly and efficiently.

With the announcement of the Marshall Plan in June 1947, the U.S. began delivering aid to reconstruct European nations shattered by World War II. At that time, the main objective of U. S. foreign aid was not only facilitating reconstruction and promoting Russian expansion, but also included the aim of strengthening America’s relations with the recipient nations.
In the 1960s and

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