baby, baby, where does our aid go?

The Guardian’s datablog has a cool post where they attempt to estimate how much of OECD countries’ ODA (official development assistance) is actually transferred to a developing country.

I expected the US to do pretty poorly here, but we manage to get 89.5% of our money out of the country (note the chart lists the % NOT transferred).

Japan is the champ at 92.6%, the average is right around 82%, and everyone but Austria gets at least 50% of their money out the door.

Note that this doesn’t evaluate the amount of aid, just where the ODA money goes.


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