Governments from post-industrialized countries are the primary donors for international development and relief.
While this comes as no surprize, governments have significantly decreased their contributions in the years since the end of the Cold War
Between 1992 and 1997,official assistance from leading industrialized countries dropped 30 percent, while their GNPs jumped almost 30.
The United States ranks last among the world's 28 top foreign aid donor countries, and its foreign assistance levels have dropped dramatically over the past 10 years, according to the United Nations Human Development Report.
When you look at countries' foreign aid relative to the size of their economies, the United States is devoting 0.1 per cent of its gross national product (GNP) to help the world's poorest countries, less than any other industrialized nation.