Humanitarian Outreach

When you think of humanitarian outreach today, you also need to think about how governments or governmental organizations are funded. In the global economy of today, the dollar is squeezed more and more to get the most out of it. Along with that, only the bear essentials are paid for. Then to go on top of that, out of country aid is even harder to procure than in-country aid.

The reason that corporations now handle most humanitarian outreach is because of the obscene revenues these corporations generate. Using Walmart as an example, take a look at the world’s third largest corporation numbers. It generated $469 million in revenue last year. You think it could spare some, right? Well, as long as that money stayed in the United States. Through its, ‘Fighting Hunger Together” program; launched in 2010, it has pledged $2 billion and in-kind commitments through 2015. The only catch…it stays in America. As much as this goliath pledges all this money to fight hunger, is it really as good as doing the same abroad since the U.S. has one of the highest standards of living in the world. What they are doing would have more impact if they moved it outside America’s borders and to those less fortunate…in terms of living standards.

Walmart’s Fighting Hunger Together

Shifting to the governmental aid viewpoint, the story is a much different picture. In 2011, the United States gave $49.5 billion in foreign aid in terms of economic and military assistance. In terms of private organizations giving aid, a private think-tank, The Hudson Insitute, said in 2004, 71.2 billion in private aid was given abroad. The top four countries receiving aid are, not suprisingly: Israel, Afganistan, Pakistan, and Iraq.


To sum up these issues, one can ask what decisions going forward should the U.S. make in terms of aid giving? Because corporations that are making hefty revenues tend to keep their aid in the US. US Governmental foreign aid is the highest in the world in terms of dollars. However, in terms of percentages, it does not even come close to other nations as a percentage of the Gross National Income. The following chart is from


The US gives so much aid, in terms of dollars given that the question of whether it is contributing to global citizenship is moot. While the percentage does not match other countries, the US dominates not only foreign aid giving in such grand terms that other nations should be grateful for the contribution the country does make.



Work Cited:

“2008 Summer Olympics Part 4 – China’s Human Rights.” Right Wrong Journal. N.p., 10 Aug. 2008. Web. 25 June 2013.
“Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating.” Walmart Corporate. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 June 2013.
“Walmart’s Fighting Hunger Together.” YouTube. YouTube, 03 Oct. 2012. Web. 25 June 2013.


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