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Shares of Global Aid vs. Shares of Global Poor

There are big gaps between where aid gets spent and where the poor live. In the graph, countries to the right of the diagonal line receive a share of aid that is less than their share of people living in poverty. Asia is the standout case of this mismatch.

US Aid to the Middle East and North Africa

Since 1978, barely one-third of US assistance to the Middle East and North Africa has been allocated to economic support. Since 2009, despite a long period of economic decline in the region, economic assistance has not accounted for more than 10 percent of total combined military and economic aid.

Climate Change Hits the Poor Hardest

Climate change hits the poor hardest. Poor people living in tropical countries are more exposed to storms and extreme weather, their housing and infrastructure is weaker, and they have less savings or insurance to fall back on when disaster strikes.

MCC Compact Funding by Sector

MCC has funded country-identified priorities across a range of sectors, and it is clear that the agency’s flexibility to do so has enabled it to fill some important gaps.

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