Survey: Most Egyptians are against US economic aid

Egypt’s military-led government has made no secret of its views on U.S. economic assistance when it rejected an aid offer last year. The Egyptian public apparently shares a similar view.

Seventy-one percent of Egyptians surveyed by U.S.-consulting and polling firm Gallup said they opposed U.S. economic aid to Egypt. Seventy-four percent of respondents also said they are not in favor of the United States sending direct aid to nongovernmental organizations in the country, Gallup said in a news release.

The majority of Egyptians are more open to assistance from other donors, particularly multilateral funding institutions and Arab countries. Of the 1,077 respondents, 50 percent said they are in favor of seeking economic aid from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, and 68 percent were in favor of aid from Arab countries.

The respondents were surveyed Dec. 16-23 — mere days before Egyptian security forces raided the offices of some pro-democracy NGOs in Cairo. The future of U.S. aid to Egypt has since been under debate, with key U.S. officials and legislators urging Egypt’s military leaders to resolve the NGO issue or risk losing the $1.3 billion military assistance and $250 million economic aid the United States promised to deliver this year. In its latest move against these democracy advocates, Egypt referred 43 NGO workers to trial before a criminal court.

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In the meantime, Egypt is seeking and accepting assistance from other donors, including the European Union, IMF and the World Bank.

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  • Ivy Mungcal

    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.