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Public Opinion Research, Global Education and Development Co-operation Reform: In Search of a Virtuous Circle

Ida McDonnell, Henri-Bernard Solignac Lecomte and Liam Wegimont

No 222, OECD Development Centre Working Papers from OECD Publishing

Abstract: Summary of trends on public opinion and international development co-operation in OECD DAC member countries: i) Public support in OECD DAC member countries for helping poor countries has remained consistently high for almost two decades: there is no aid fatigue; ii) Donations from the public to development and emergency NGOs have been increasing, mostly in reaction to emergencies and natural disasters in developing countries; iii) Concern among the public about aid effectiveness exists alongside continued high support for aid; iv) The relationship between public support and ODA volumes is complex, but a positive correlation exists at the national level between satisfaction with ODA volume, and reaching or bypassing the UN target of 0.7 per cent of Gross National Income; v) People’s understanding of poverty and development issues remains very shallow. Public awareness about ODA and development co-operation policies is also low; vi) Awareness does increase significantly as a result ... Ce document propose une synthèse des tendances de l’opinion publique et de la coopération internationale au développement dans les pays membres du CAD de l’OCDE: i) dans ces pays, le soutien du public en faveur de l’aide aux pays pauvres s’est maintenu, pratiquement sans interruption depuis près de 20 ans, à un niveau élevé: il n’y a pas de « lassitude » de l’aide ; ii) les dons du public aux ONG humanitaires et de développement sont en augmentation, surtout pour répondre aux situations d’urgence et aux catastrophes naturelles dans les pays en développement; iii) la société civile est parfois sceptique quant à l’efficacité de l’aide, mais cela n’entame pas son soutien, qui continue d’être important; iv) les relations entre le soutien de la société civile et les volumes d’APD sont complexes mais il existe une corrélation positive dans les pays entre la satisfaction éprouvée à l’égard du volume d’APD et l’atteinte, ou le dépassement, de l’objectif de 0,7 pour cent du revenu ...

Date: 2003-11-01
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