As The Times points out, American foreign aid has "come to symbolize the American commitment . . . to address the poverty and disease that cripple so many millions of people." Successful and cost-effective foreign aid programs share the goal of helping people to help themselves.
Thus, UNICEF and the Child Survival Fund underwriting of immunization programs around the world not only saves children's lives but also sets up unprecedented social networks for primary health care in countries with backgrounds of social stratification and community disorganization.
And, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the newest U.N. agency in need of increased funding for its Special Program for Sub-Saharan Africa, by tailoring its programs of loans for agricultural improvements to local cultures and economies, is able to unharness the motivations of entire communities toward permanent self-sufficiency.
It is myopic for us to pretend that we exist in two separate spheres, domestic and international. The businesses that makes us prosperous depend on resources and manufactured parts from all over the world, our economic prosperity depending sometimes on the depressed conditions under which they are produced abroad.