Foreign aid

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Foreign aid, international aid or development assistance is when one country helps another country through some form of donation. Usually this refers to helping out a country that has a special need caused by poverty, underdevelopment, natural disasters, armed conflicts, etc.

The main receivers of foreign aid are developing nations (third world countries), and the main contributors are the industrialized countries.

The European Union is the world's largest contributor of foreign aid in absolute terms with $37.13 billion in 2003, figure that can be compared with the $16.25 billion of the United States.

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