Save the Children Advocate Kelly Walker poses at the capitol on day three of the 2017 Save the Children Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C. Photo credit: Susan Warner/Save the Children, March 2017.

Save the Children Advocate Kelly Walker poses at the capitol on day three of the 2017 Save the Children Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C.

US Federal Budget and Appropriations

At roughly 1% of the U.S. federal budget, poverty-focused development, global health and humanitarian assistance is one of the most effective uses of taxpayer dollars.

Investments in U.S. foreign assistance help ensure that more children have the ability to survive and thrive around the globe through access to education, life-saving health services and protection – including in times of crisis. 

Families – and children in particular – around the world face escalating challenges, thus putting a premium on strong American leadership and increased demands on the International Affairs Budget (function 150). As Save the Children’s The War on Children, report states, one in six children globally live in conflict zones — an estimated 357 million children, an increase of 75 percent since 1990. While there have been major gains for children in the last 25 years, for at least 700 million children worldwide – and perhaps hundreds of millions more – childhood has ended too soon due to poor health, conflict, extreme violence, early marriage, early pregnancy, malnutrition, exclusion from education and child labor.

Save the Children works in coalition with other organizations and with champions on both sides of the aisle in Congress through every step of the federal budget and appropriations process to support robust funding for effective U.S. foreign assistance programs. We ensure that every dollar goes as far as possible to reach children and families.

Save the Children uses its programmatic expertise working in 120 countries to share with policymakers the impact on the ground of investments in development, global health and humanitarian assistance – and best practices to ensure the biggest impact on children’s lives. Save the Children is also uniquely positioned as a leading voice on children’s issues to illustrate the impact of U.S. foreign assistance on the ability of children around the globe to survive and thrive.

As a result of such efforts, Congress has continued to maintain current International Affairs Budget levels, protecting U.S. support for children and families in some of the most challenging circumstances.

Read our latest thought-leadership piece on U.S. Federal Budget and Appropriations here.


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