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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Beyond the headlines: UK public opinion on aid and development

Debates on public attitudes to aid and development remain in the headlines and broad support for UK development efforts can no longer be taken for granted. The financial crisis and ensuing spending cuts continue to impact on public opinion.

Wednesday 28 November 2012, 12:30 - 14:00
Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NJ

There is also some evidence of growing scepticism about the effectiveness of UK aid programmes (and, indeed, of aid in general). But how much is really known about public opinion trends and why people hold the views they do?

This public event seeks to look below the surface of public opinion, and to take stock of the current evidence base, drawing on both the latest opinion polling and new ODI/IPPR qualitative research. With a panel of researchers and campaigners, it will ask what are the implications of this research for how to communicate aid and development issues and where do we go from here?


  • Spencer Henson - Professorial Fellow and Team Leader, IDS
  • Leni Wild - Research Fellow, ODI
  • Sarah Mulley - Associate Director for Migration, Trade and Development, IPPR


  • Ben Jackson - Chief Executive, Bond

Visit the Overseas Development Institute website now to book a place

The event is run in partnership with Overseas Development Institute and Bond

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