Does India Receive Aid From Foreign Countries?

From our friends at
Factly
Rakesh Dubbudu
India

September 3rd, 2018 / 11:01 AM

Foreign Financial Aid India

Image Credits: Navpravah, AIR/Twitter (Representational)

Kerala floods have given rise to a controversy around India receiving aid from foreign countries. Does India receive aid from foreign countries? Does India also provide aid to foreign countries?

UAE’s purported announcement of aid to Kerala in the aftermath of the floods and the subsequent denial by UAE officials has stirred a hornet’s nest. In the mean while, Government of India has made it clear that it is committed to meeting the requirements for relief and rehabilitation through domestic efforts. It has however said that contributions to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund and the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund from NRIs, PIOs & other agencies would be welcome. Does India receive any foreign aid? What is the quantum of such aid compared to the aid provided by India to other nations?


India receives aid from various countries & agencies

India receives grants (aid) from various countries & agencies for specific projects. Between 2007-08 and 2015-16, India received an average of Rs 2575 crore annually in the form of foreign aid (grant) as per the data provided by the government in the Lok Sabha. During this period, India received the highest aid of Rs 3384 crore in the year 2013-14.


Foreign Financial Aid India


What is the purpose of these grants?

The foreign aid is usually provided for specific projects. For instance, more than Rs 6000 crore was received between 2011-12 & 2014-15 for various health related projects across India. The assistance received from various foreign sources is being utilized for specific projects including  Immunization Programme, National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, Reproductive and Child Health-II Programme, Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme, National Leprosy Eradication Programme, HIV/AIDS Control Programmes, and   various projects for strengthening of health systems in the States. Similarly, multiple projects are funded by external agencies/countries in the drinking water & sanitation space. Even in the case of Gujarat earthquake in 2001, more than Rs 500 crore was received as external aid.


Who is providing foreign aid to India?

Various foreign governments & agencies have been extending aid to India. Between 2007-08 & 2015-16, the greatest amount of aid was provided by United Kingdom at Rs 11,362 crore followed by the Global Fund at Rs 8,226 crore. The European Union provided Rs 2249 crore during this period while the USA provides Rs 293 crore as aid. Among the other global agencies, the UNDP provided Rs 452 crore during this period while the IBRD provided Rs 390 crore.


Foreign Financial Aid India


Does India extend aid to other countries?

India does provide aid to other countries for varied purposes. The aid is extended under the aegis of Development Administration Partnership (DPA) under the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). India provides aid to mostly its neighbours, east asian & african countries. Between 2006-07 & 2015-16, India provided an average of Rs 3930 crore as aid to foreign countries. India’s aid to foreign countries increased substantially from 2012-13.


Foreign Financial Aid India


The aid is provided for varied projects like housing, supply of equipment/vehicles, creation of infrastructure, educational fellowships etc. During this period, India provided aid to Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Myanmar, Africa, Eurasia, Mongolia, Afghanistan, Latin America & other developing countries. In effect, India is a net donor of foreign aid.


Published with the permission from Factly

 

 

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

Foreign Financial Aid Kerala

Kerala Flood: Indian Government Refuses Foreign Financial Aid

Kerala Floods Financial Aid

Why India Might Refuse 700 Cr Aid From UAE For Kerala

Social Good Summit India: What Does India Think About India’s Future?

Does India deserve a Hockey revolution?

Does India have a chance at the FINA World Aquatics Championships?

Foreign Tourist Arrivals In India

Almost 25% Increase In Foreign Tourist Arrivals In India In April 2017 Over April 2016: Govt

Latest on The Logical Indian

Get Inspired

Naxal Attacks, Warnings & Bombs; Nothing Could Stop Chhattisgarh Voters From Casting Their Votes

News

Deny Minimum Support Price To Farmers Who Are Involved In Stubble Burning: NGT On Delhi Air Pollution

News

Gurugram: 3-Yr-Old Girl Tortured & Raped, Post-Mortem Reveals 10-Cm Stick In Private Parts

News

Nationalism Driving Indians To Spread Fake News: BBC Research

Get Inspired

For Inventing Solution To Remove ‘Paan’ Stains, Eight Indian Students Win US Award

Awareness

Dengue Outbreak In Delhi: 280 Cases Reported In A Week ,Know The Symptoms And Precautions

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.