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Monday, 30 September 2013

80% of Germans wants to keep the development aid target

A recent opinion poll by the Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW) has revealed that most Germans want to keep a the European development aid target. 80% of them disapprove their federal development minister Dirk Niebel’s statement that the target of earmarking 0.7% of European gross national income (GNI) for development aid is “no longer up-to-date,” EurActiv Germany reports.
The poll has also revealed that as many as 40% of surveyed citizens actually want greater German engagement with developing countries. More than 80% of poll respondents said they considered German efforts to combat poverty in the developing nations to be either “important” or “very important.”
At the same time, the citizens polled  overestimated the amount of aid that Germany was currently disbursing, on averaging attributing a figure of 2.4% of gross domestic product (GDP). However only a little over half (0.38%) of the target of 0.7% of the country’s GDP is actually being spent on development aid.
The Green MP Thilo Hoppe considers that the survey results are a clear warning to the Federal government: “Merkel and Niebel are wrong to assume that stingy politics will be well-received by the German public,” he said, ”The fact that the government has already made cuts to its support for the poorest of the poor and chosen to reduce development funding, not only hurts its international image but also stirs up domestic disapproval and local protests.”
Industrialized countries consider the 0.7% target as an essential step to fulfilling the eight Millennium Development Goals set for 2015. Even so, the majority of EU member states remain well below this target according to the European Commission.

Source. Euractiv