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05/13/2015 09:24 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

These Countries Gave The Most To Help Other Countries In Need Last Year

A majority of Americans believe Washington spends too much on foreign aid, but the U.S. is far from the world's most giving nation.

In fact, it doesn't even crack the top 10.

The OECD's new data last month reported which of its 28 member countries gave the most to others in development aid last year, based off of each country's gross national income, or GNI.

Although the U.S. gave the most in total -- giving away $32.37 billion in development assistance -- that figure was only 0.19 percent of its GNI, Mashable reported. Sweden -- which took the top spot -- gave away 1.1 percent of its GNI in 2014.

As the Week pointed out last year, Americans tend to wildly overestimate how much of their taxes are spent on foreign aid. Highlighting a Kaiser Family Foundation survey, the outlet reported that, on average, Americans believe 28 percent of the federal budget is spent abroad.

DAC's new data highlights an increase in development aid throughout the past 15 years, as official development assistance (ODA) has increased by 66 percent since 2000.

“I am encouraged to see that development aid remains at a historic high at a time when donor countries are still emerging from the toughest economic crisis of our lifetime,” OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said, according to a statement.

To see which DAC countries gave the largest percentage of their gross national incomes to international development aid, scroll below.

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Nations That Gave The Most In Development Aid In 2014

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