Understanding public attitudes to aid and development

by Alex Glennie, Will Straw, Leni Wild
Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) & Overseas Development Institute (ODI), June 2012

32 pp. 2.2 MB
http://www.ippr.org/files/images/media/files/publication/2012/06/public-attitudes-aid-
development_June2012_9297.pdf?noredirect=1
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This report is based on analysis of a series of deliberative workshops conducted around the UK suggest that the financial crisis and recent spending cuts have diminished public support for increasing or even maintaining current levels of UK aid spending. However, the report also argues that here is a considerable appetite for greater understanding of development and for more complex stories of how change and progress happens. It gives a series of recommendations for NGOs and governments, including that they should do more to communicate how change can and does happen in developing countries, including the role aid can play in catalysing or facilitating this change.

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