French Public Approves of Country's Global Development Engagement – AFD

    The majority of French citizens are in favor of the country’s continued delivery of aid to developing countries despite France’s current budgetary difficulties, the French Development Agency, or AFD, said.

    The latest survey of the French public’s attitude toward development aid showed 63 percent of the country’s citizens support its development program, AFD said in a news release. The poll also revealed 77 percent of the country’s population believes France should have its own aid policy.

    Further the survey showed what the citizens think should be the top target of French development programs: poverty eradication. Other targets ranked highly by the public are access to clean water, education development and health improvement.

    The results of this survey of the French public is in line with the strong support received by the development programs of other countries, such as Russia and the United States, from their own citizens.

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      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.