Spain joins a growing number of budget-strapped countries whose citizens largely support their international aid programs.
The majority, or 74 percent, of the Spanish public supports the country’s development programs and more than half, or 51 percent, believes the country should strive to meet the international target of providing 0.7 percent of gross national income as aid.
Results of the survey, which sought the opinion of 2,053 Spaniards, were announced by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and UNICEF Spain. The survey was conducted by international research consultancy group YouGov.
Spain joins the ranks of countries such as Sweden, Russia and France, where recent public opinion polls have also showed strong support for development and aid despite the countries’ tight budgets.
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Other key findings of the survey in Spain include:
57 percent of respondents identified hunger reduction as a priority agenda.
32 percent said non-North African countries should get the most aid.
55 percent believes Spain’s current aid spending level is “too little” or “about right.”
Spain recently reduced its official development assistance spending as part of the government’s austerity measures. In 2010, it reduced ODA spending to 0.43 percent of GNI or some $5.9 billion.
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