New analysis from leading humanitarian, development and global health organizations calculates the devastating human costs of cuts to foreign assistance
Washington, DC—Leading American humanitarian, development and health organizations working around the globe have analyzed the Administration's proposed International Affairs budget for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY 2018) and have estimated that the impact of the proposed cuts would be devastating for the poorest and most vulnerable women, children, and families around the world, as well as for American interests. The organizations, including Bread for the World, Catholic Relief Services, CARE USA, the International Rescue Committee, InterAction, Mercy Corps, ONE Campaign, Oxfam, PATH, Save the Children, and World Vision strongly urge Congress to reject the President's foreign affairs budget request and maintain current funding of $60 billion.
Congress is considering the FY 2018 budget and the nomination of Ambassador Mark Green to lead the U.S. Agency for International Development in the context of a daunting set of simultaneous and significant global challenges—including famine conditions that threaten the lives of 30 million people, global displacement at an all-time high of 65 million, and more frequent infectious disease outbreaks.
Slashing foreign aid by nearly one-third would shirk America's longstanding bipartisan commitment to help the world's most vulnerable people, and would also put the health, security and prosperity of Americans at risk. The deep and disproportionate cuts proposed in the Administration's FY 2018 International Affairs budget request will have life and death consequences today, and will also undercut America's - and the world's - ability to address tomorrow's global threats.
Sterile statistics on paper are excruciating choices in practice for aid agencies and those we seek to serve in nearly every country around the world. If enacted, the Administration's FY 2018 budget proposal could result in:
In addition to the moral defeat inherent in abandoning millions who rely on lifesaving US assistance around the world, this analysis shows that the impact of these cuts to global humanitarian and development assistance as laid out in the Administration's budget request, if enacted, would be swift, devastating, and felt for years to come, imperiling millions of lives and the course of global development, stability, and partnership. The U.S. FY 2018 International Affairs budget should match the scale and nature of the global challenges facing America, and reflect the U.S. government's longstanding bipartisan commitment to shared responsibility and the safeguarding of its own vital interests.
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Posted June 15, 2017