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Highest Foreign Aid Recipients

Name the countries that receive the most net foreign aid from governments of other countries.
  • For the year 2015. Source
  • Development assistance only, not military assistance
  • Quiz by relessness - Jan 12, 2018
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$ Received
Country
4.88 bil
4.24 bil
3.79 bil
3.23 bil
3.16 bil
3.16 bil
2.60 bil
$ Received
Country
2.58 bil
2.57 bil
2.49 bil
2.47 bil
2.43 bil
2.15 bil
2.14 bil
$ Received
Country
1.87 bil
(Palestine)
1.85 bil
1.77 bil
1.67 bil
1.63 bil
1.53 bil
1.48 bil
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level 71
Oct 12, 2013
missed China and Tanzania.
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level 71
Oct 12, 2013
really strange China is a leading aid recipient... 2nd largest economy in the world and growing rapidly, loaning enormous amounts of money to other countries like the US, investing enormous amounts of money all over the world, doesn't have enough money to spare to crack the top givers list and in fact they need aid? weird. Though I know there are still millions of Chinese living below the poverty line.
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level ∞
Nov 3, 2015
China is off the list now, although they still receive significant assistance. I imagine at some point they will switch from a recipient to a donor country. But for now, even though they have a huge economy, they are still a middle income country.
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level 71
Nov 3, 2015
No credit for "Congo"? I wish all you quiz-makers could agree on one set of rules.
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level 70
Nov 3, 2015
Agreed. Please accept Congo.
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level ∞
Nov 4, 2015
This was my fault. By the way, there is an "official" set of type-ins for every country. I just forgot to apply them.
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level 58
Nov 5, 2015
Random question, cpg: how come when I click on your page, nothing shows up? People with no quizzes normally don't have a link (like Arp2600 down there).
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level 48
Feb 1, 2016
Maybe he had a quiz, but it was deleted?
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level 58
Mar 16, 2016
Ah, good point. I looked him up on the "all users" list and it claims he has one, so he must've deleted it.
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level 71
Mar 15, 2016
On my "answers are countries" quizzes that have ended up featured you will find a few more type-ins than on most quizzes here... for example I always accept "KSA" for Saudi Arabia, "DPRK" for North Korea, and "ROK" for South Korea. I think usually "ROC" for Taiwan, and "PRC" for China, as well. But the first few are probably because I've lived in Saudi and Korea before and got used to using these acronyms myself.
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level 62
Mar 19, 2016
There are 2 Congos: the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo. Officially, Congo, refers to the latter not the former.
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level 71
Jan 31, 2018
Officially? Who is officiating the informal use of country short names?
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level 65
Jan 31, 2018
Dan
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level 69
Nov 4, 2015
What is meant by "Name the countries that receive the most foreign aid from governments of other countries." I don't understand; other than what?
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level 73
Nov 4, 2015
Other than themselves...
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level 74
Nov 5, 2015
Ha ha, this.
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level 72
Nov 5, 2015
This felt like an anti-America gotcha comment...SQUASHED by Arp!
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level 58
Nov 5, 2015
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level 73
Nov 6, 2015
Oh ok, didn't think of that. Anyway, given the figures, I don't think this quiz excludes the US.
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level 69
Jan 13, 2018
What??? There are some paranoid Americans on this site, seeing criticism where is none. My point was that there is redundancy here: "foreign" aid is only able, by definition, to come from governments of other countries.
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level 69
Nov 20, 2017
Other than NGOs like Red Cross, MSF, UNICEF etc
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level 70
Nov 16, 2015
I thought Israel would have been on the list.
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level 71
Mar 8, 2016
This surprised me too, Israel receives about $3bn annually from the USA. Maybe it's not counted because it's technically a loan?
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level 61
Mar 15, 2016
Somehow Palestine is on the list with 2.44 billion.
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level ∞
Mar 15, 2016
The source data only considered development assistance, not military assistance. I added a caveat.
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level 69
Jan 13, 2018
Here's the military assistance quiz re the US - still trying to locate similar data from Russia and Saudi Arabia for some balance, but google searching is getting nowhere.
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level 55
Feb 1, 2016
Odd...comments from before the quiz was made.
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level 48
Feb 1, 2016
The date is when the quiz was last updated, not when it was created.
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level 57
Mar 15, 2016
Forgot Iraq. Turkey surprised me though.
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level 54
Mar 15, 2016
Israel should be on this list
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level 54
Jun 11, 2017
They get billions in military assistance, not development aid.
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level 65
Jan 31, 2018
The difference being....
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level 65
Mar 15, 2016
There is more here than a "grain of salt " compromise of truth. First of all, the quiz does not define aid, and as someone associated with this for some years, that is far from easy. Do we consider food aid the same as military? Are transfers counted the same as credits (often with tight strings attached)? How do we include salaries and benefits to foreign administrators (i.e. money that never leaves the donor country, but is often counted as "aid")? And Israel is strangely absent from the list. This quiz is misleading and should be dumped.
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level 17
Mar 15, 2016
I would have thought that Indonesia would be on there
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level 28
Mar 15, 2016
Why is Turkey receiving foreign aid?
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level ∞
Jan 12, 2018
Oddly they also appear on the list of donor countries. But this is "net" aid, so they are receiving more than they are donating.
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level 69
Jan 22, 2018
There are many very poor parts of the country, though nowadays I guess they get most of the money to keep Syrians in Turkey.
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level 31
Mar 15, 2016
The aid isn't doing any good. Most of these countries are still very poor
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level 71
Mar 16, 2016
Not true. In 1800 the global average child mortality rate was 43.3%. In the 1950s it was 19.5%. In 1990 it was 7.4%. In 2013 it was under 4%. This is just one metric. But in pretty much all ways life around the world and the global economic situation continues to improve. Thanks, Obama!
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level 56
Mar 17, 2016
There's also the other factor, which is that "development assistance" isn't just about raising people out of poverty, it's often investment by the government giving the aid to open up new markets or expand existing ones for its home companies - hence why some relatively rich countries with large economies (India, Turkey, South Africa, Nigeria) appear on this list.
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level ∞
Mar 17, 2016
I think most economists would argue that trade, not development assistance, is the primary explanation for the rise in standard of living in the third world.
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level 71
Jan 31, 2018
I wasn't arguing that developmental assistance is the *primary* explanation for the rise of global wages and living conditions, just against the idea that it does no good and that situations have not improved.
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level 54
Feb 5, 2018
The debt payments on loans that African countries pay to IMF and to other richer countries are about four-five times the amount they receive in development aid. Also, the capital flight by western transnational companies into offshore tax havens is about ten times more than the development aid. They aren't exactly being developed, they are kept in a state of underdevelopment and the gap between rich and poor countries (as well as people) in the world is just getting wider and wider.
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level 71
Feb 11, 2018
^ that's just not accurate.
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level 67
Jan 12, 2018
I find it quite ironic that Syria is #1. The West invades and bombs them to try to overthrow their democratically elected president, and when the regime change doesn't work we just throw money at Syria and tell them to clean themselves up?
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level 70
Jan 12, 2018
Democratically elected government? Assad inherited the position from his dictator father. There may be elections in the Robert Mugabe mold, but it's a bit of a stretch to call him democratically elected.
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level 71
Feb 11, 2018
^this. and also... when did the West invade Syria? You are so confused about so many things.
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level 65
Jan 13, 2018
This one is tougher than the donors quiz. Turkey surprised me.
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level 72
Jan 26, 2018
Me too. Right in the middle of both donors and recipients. Why not just keep the money for your own people?
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level 37
Jan 31, 2018
India annoys me. Give them aid & they develop a space programme
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level 65
Jan 31, 2018
As an Indian I am ashamed that India is on the list. We hope that we'll be out of this list in quick time. Humbly request you to compare costs of our space programs with 'others'. Some of us are reasonably well educated, all our scientists need not run around building toilets. We will start contributing to world development in 30 to 50 years time. Wish us luck!
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level 37
Jan 31, 2018
Please accept Afganistan. I'm pretty sure that's what I type on other quizzes.
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level 45
Jan 31, 2018
0:21, a lot of it just by guessing. It seems population correlates pretty well with aid received.
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