The company you keep “Elephant-sized worry” in Colombia
Sep 262006

We’ve just posted a big and long-overdue update to our estimates of U.S. aid to every country in Latin America. To see aid broken down further, with explanations of what each program does, visit www.ciponline.org/facts/country.htm.

In 2005, these were the top five overall recipients of U.S. aid in the Western Hemisphere:

Colombia



Haiti

Peru

Bolivia

Mexico

The above charts include four of the five top military aid recipients as well. Here is the fifth:

Ecuador

Again, more information – including the numbers themselves – is at www.ciponline.org/facts/country.htm.

Here is what aid to Colombia looks like since 2004. This table includes how the House and Senate versions of the 2007 foreign aid bill would affect aid amounts. The House and Senate appropriations committees have finished work on the 2007 aid bill, and the House has passed it. The full Senate has yet to consider the bill and appears to be unlikely to do so before the midterm elections in early November. A table going back to 1997 can be viewed here.

Military and Police Assistance Programs
(millions of dollars; numbers underlined and italicized are estimates taken by averaging previous two years)
2004
2005
2006, estimate
2007, request
2007, House version of foreign aid bill
2007, Senate version of foreign aid bill
International Narcotics Control (INC)
State Department-managed counter-drug arms transfers, training, and services
0
0
0
0
18.9
0
"Andean Counterdrug Initiative"
Basically the same as INC above, but separated out for the Andes
332.6
336.1
372.0
366.6
384.1
369.6
Foreign Military Financing (FMF)
Grants for defense articles, training and services
98.5
99.2
89.1
90.0
90.0
90.0
International Military Education and Training (IMET)
Training, usually not counter-drug
1.7
1.7
1.7
1.7
1.7
1.7
"Section 1004"
Authority to use the defense budget for some types of counter-drug aid
122.0
200.0
122.0
161.0
161.0
161.0
Emergency Drawdowns
Presidential authority to grant counter-drug equipment from U.S. arsenal
0
0
0
0
0
0
Antiterrorism Assistance (NADR/ATA)
Grants for anti-terrorism defense articles, training and services
0
5.1
5.3
3.1
3.1
3.1
Demining (NADR/HD)
Grants for landmine removal
0
0
0.3
0.8
0.8
0.8
Small Arms / Light Weapons (NADR/SALW)
Grants to assist in halting trafficking in small arms
0
0
0.2
0
0
0
Counter-Terror Fellowship Program (CTFP)
Grants for training in counter-terrorism through a Defense Department program established in 2002
0.7
0.3
0.2
0.3
0.3
0.3
Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS)
Grants for education in defense management at a Defense-Department school in Washington
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
Excess Defense Articles (EDA)
Authority to transfer "excess" equipment
0
0
0
0
0
0
Discretionary Funds from the Office of National Drug Control Policy
0
0
0
0
0
0
Subtotal
555.6
642.5
590.9
623.6
660.0
626.6
Percentage of total
80.5%
82.7%
81.2%
82.5%
82.3%
82.5%

 

Economic and Social Assistance Programs
(millions of dollars)
2004
2005
2006, estimate
2007, request
2007, House version of foreign aid bill
2007, Senate version of foreign aid bill
International Narcotics Control (INC)
State Department-managed counter-drug arms transfers, training, and services
0
0
0
0
7.3
0
"Andean Counterdrug Initiative"
Basically the same as INC above, but separated out for the Andes
134.5
131.3
137.2
132.3
0
132.9
Economic Support Funds (ESF)
Transfers to the recipient government
0
0
0
0
135.0
0
P.L. 480 "Food for Peace"
Humanitarian deliveries of food
0
3.4
0
0
0
0
Subtotal
134.5
134.7
137.2
132.3
142.3
132.9
Percentage of total
19.5%
17.3%
18.8%
17.5%
17.7%
17.5%
 
 
 
Grand Total
690.1
777.2
728.1
755.9
802.3
759.5

3 Responses to “Some updated U.S. aid numbers”

  1. boz Says:

    As always, impressive job collecting statistics.

  2. jcg Says:

    Great to have the most recent estimates handy, thanks to everybody involved with this at CIP.

  3. richtiger Says:

    Well, yes, most impressive and thanks (but it’s more than I can digest!)

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