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Europeans continue supporting development cooperation

Alisson De Leenheer
05 October 2018
According to the European Commission’s annual survey, Eurobarometer 2018, EU citizens are positive about EU support for development cooperation.

 

First of all, the report shows that nearly 90% of Europeans feel it is important to help people in developing countries. 71% of citizens believe that tackling poverty in developing countries should be one of the main priorities and could be reinforced or maintained at the current state. To 71% of Europeans, the development aid is mainly effective to tackle poverty, to create a peaceful world and in order to address illegal migration (69%). The majority of respondents believe that financial aid is a good way to support regular migration and the developing countries. Nevertheless, they do not think that EU should give more money than today. When it comes to the private companies and its role, 80% of those surveyed favor its involvement.

One point of the survey evokes the fight against poverty. It is interesting to note that 74% affirm that tackling poverty has a positive influence on citizens and even add that it is in the EU’s interest to take part. Furthermore, they also state that this struggle is a moral obligation and that this contribution to development cooperation makes the world more just and peaceful.

They also state that this struggle is a moral obligation and that this contribution to development cooperation makes the world more just and peaceful.

In terms of personal involvement in development aid, more than four citizens in ten are involved. Whether by donating to NGOs or associations (more than one in five) or by making ethic choices during their daily purchases (21%). Compared to the 2016 report, this involvement is slightly lower but is still higher than the 2014 and 2015 reports.

Concerning the gender equality, 86% consider this to be an important area and they find that the EU policies should focus on this issue. Priority issues are, for them, tackling violence against girls and women; tackling discriminatory attitudes against women; and finally, supporting access to education for women and girls.

The final question in this survey focuses on information sources related to development issues. The top 3 is constituted, without any surprise, of: television, social networks and national newspapers. This poll is optimistic and very meaningful since it collected the opinion of 27,732 citizens.

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