Data Visualization Foreign Assistance

Published on June 17th, 2015 | by Joshua New


Where and How the United States Provides Foreign Aid, a U.S. government website designed to monitoring and introduce transparency into foreign assistance spending, has created a data visualization that maps 98 percent of U.S. government foreign assistance since 2006. The visualization pulls data from the 10 government agencies with the largest foreign assistance portfolios, including the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Department of State, and breaks down assistance spending by country and category, such as education or security. The visualization also allows users to compare how much the U.S. planned to spend in a given year or country, versus how much it was obligated to spend and how much agencies actually spent. The team created the visualization to improve how the public understands U.S. investments around the world and holds the government accountable for this investment.

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Joshua New is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.

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