WASHINGTON - Plan International USA urges the United States government to continue its long-standing support of international development, including global lifesaving humanitarian assistance, peace building, education, and poverty eradication programs.
Federal spending on foreign assistance amounts to just about 1% of the total U.S. budget, yet it is critical to advancing U.S. interests overseas. U.S. humanitarian and development programs have improved the preparedness and resilience of communities around the world to combat future emergencies. Global health investments strengthen health systems abroad, helping to prevent, detect, and effectively respond to emerging public health threats -- like Ebola -- before they affect our country. The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), started under the leadership of President George W. Bush, has provided millions of people with life-saving medications and one million adolescent girls with critical HIV prevention interventions.
For decades, the United States has been a leading actor in advancing women’s and girls’ rights at home and abroad. This leadership both reflects and advances American ideals and strength: investments in women and girls bring high returns for economic growth, well-being, stability, and democratic governance. Both Republican and Democratic administrations have invested in women and girls’ health, economic opportunity, rights, and education for these reasons. The State Department and USAID have been strong partners for civil society working toward the bipartisan goal of empowering women and girls, building community strength and resilience, and improving outcomes for everyone.
Given this record of achievement and the importance of U.S. aid for sustaining the great progress the world has made over the last two decades eradicating poverty and giving hope to the most marginalized and vulnerable among us, Plan International USA urges the Administration to continue to fund critical development initiatives around the world. U.S. investment in foreign aid is beneficial for the United States as a whole and provides a significant value for the American taxpayer.
About Plan International USA
Plan International USA, part of the Plan International Federation, is a child-centered development organization that believes in the promise and potential of children. For more than 75 years in over 50 developing countries, Plan has been breaking the cycle of child poverty. Everything Plan does – from strengthening health care systems to improving the quality of education, to advocating for increased protection and beyond – is built with, and owned by, the community. The result is a development approach designed to improve the lives of the youngest members of the community for the longest period of time. For more information, please visit PlanUSA.org.