Nine out of ten Norwegians support aid to developing countries, new survey shows

Nine out of ten Norwegians support aid to developing countries, new survey shows

A survey conducted by Statistics Norway (SSB) for Norad shows that even during the corona pandemic, there is very high support for Norway’s development aid policy.

Nine out of ten respondents to the SSB’s survey on Norwegian development assistance believe that it is right for Norway to provide assistance to Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Two out of five believe that development assistance produces fairly or very good results.

“The figures clearly show that Norwegians want to contribute to reducing poverty in the world. They see the value of helping children get an education, vocational training, improving families’ access to food, supporting farmers to adapt agriculture to a new climate. 

“They see that Norwegian aid is useful. In short, this is a stamp of approval to Norwegian development assistance,” Minister for Development Aid Dag-Inge Ulstein (KrF) noted.

In the middle of a pandemic

The SSB survey has been conducted every four years at the request of Norad since 1972. In this year’s survey, 2,000 people aged 16 to 79 were interviewed in the period from January 4 to February 13. A total of 59% of those surveyed this year responded to the survey.

Ulstein points out that this year’s survey comes in the middle of a pandemic, where many lost jobs and are worried about work and school.

“With these figures, we have received an important signal that Norwegians still want us to be a nation that thinks globally and shows charity to others,” he said.

In the past year, a significant proportion of Norwegian development assistance has been used to combat the pandemic, including in vulnerable countries such as Malawi, Nepal, and Yemen.

Geographical differences

Only 40% of those who responded believe that development assistance gives good or very good results – that is lower than in a similar survey carried out in 2017. 

This year’s survey also shows that the youngest Norwegians are more positive about long-term development assistance, while the elderly are more supportive of emergency aid.

The survey also shows that there are geographical differences. More people living in less densely populated places are positive about development assistance. In Trøndelag, as many as 95% of those surveyed support development assistance, while only 86% support it in Northern Norway.

Among those who vote for the Progress Party (FRP), seven out of ten are in favor of aid, while 25% are against development aid to Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Among those who vote for the other parties, support for development aid policy is higher. 

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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