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Poverty Focused Development Assistance 101


As Congress begins work on appropriation bills for FY19, funding for foreign assistance programs is at risk. NOW is the time to act and tell Congress that level funding for foreign assistance must be preserved.

The State, Foreign Operations, Account funds programs that provide clean water, make education accessible for children, help mothers and babies, distribute vaccines, fund humanitarian responses during disasters, and more.  Here are just a few of the accomplishments of U.S. foreign assistance:

  • Each year more than 3 million lives are saved through immunization programs.
  • 1.3 billion people have received safe drinking water.
  • Literacy rates are up 33 percent worldwide.
  • Infant and child deaths have been cut in half in the last 25 years.

To maintain U.S. leadership during this time of complex global needs and crises, maintaining the total funding for the State, Foreign Operations, Account at $57.4 billion is critical. Tell your members of Congress that you support foreign assistance and ask them to reject any budget appropriation deals that cut total funding for this small 1% of the federal budget that saves lives.

Take Action To Support US Foreign Assistance

How we advocate

Advocacy is an essential element of World Vision’s work, along with long-term community development and emergency response. As we work alongside communities to build a better world for children, our advocacy challenges the policies, systems, structures, practices and attitudes that make it difficult for vulnerable children and their families to experience “life in all its fullness” (John 10:10). By addressing the systemic contributors and causes of poverty, World Vision’s advocacy work ensures that community transformation is sustainable and scalable.

World Vision advocates at the local, national, regional and global levels, informed by our experience working with communities. In the U.S. context, World Vision approaches the government as our partner, developing strategic relationships with key elected officials and mobilizing donors and advocates to steward their influence to impact U.S. foreign policy on behalf of children living in poverty.

How we’re different

We are motivated by our faith. World Vision bases its advocacy work on the same values that shape our humanitarian work: our Christian faith and our commitment to the poor. We are called to aid people in great need — to relieve their suffering and to create sustainable solutions to the poverty that prevents children from experiencing life in all its fullness.

We rely on God’s spirit and power
We amplify the voices of the poor; we don’t replace them
We approach government as partners, not targets