Document Type

Capstone Project

Publication Date

Fall 10-15-2018


Stevenson Center, USAID, Foreign Aid, Spending

First Advisor

Hassan Mohammadi


This paper examines the determinants of USAID’s foreign aid disbursements from 2002-2016. Three noteworthy findings emerge. First, USAID foreign aid is based more on political considerations rather than the policies of recipient countries. Second, foreign aid is determined by location and political history. Third, this pattern emerges across all categories of USAID disbursements.