AID FOR DEVELOPMENT OF AFRICA, 60% OF FRENCH IN FAVOR OF PARADIGM CHANGE

AID FOR DEVELOPMENT OF AFRICA, 60% OF FRENCH IN FAVOR OF PARADIGM CHANGE
AID FOR DEVELOPMENT OF AFRICA, 60% OF FRENCH IN FAVOR OF PARADIGM CHANGE

In a survey entitled “The French and development aid to sub-Saharan Africa”, published by OpinionWay for the program “For the industrialization of sub-Saharan Africa” ​​directed by Francis Journot, the French studies institute has indicated that 60% of French people are in favor of this paradigm shift, compared to 38% who do not want to see public development assistance for sub-Saharan Africa replaced by programs more financed by private funds.

“With a contribution of $15.9 billion in 2022, France is the fourth largest donor of official development assistance in the world, and the total amount paid by the world community to sub-Saharan African countries was at nearly 30 billion dollars,” we inform.

Asked about the hypothesis of a replacement of public aid by industrialization programs more open to private capital, a majority of those interviewed expressed their support.

“60% of French people are in favor of this paradigm shift, compared to 38% who do not want to see public development assistance for sub-Saharan Africa replaced by programs more financed by private funds,” the survey indicated.

Support for this proposal is in the minority among the younger generations (47% of those under 35 compared to 52% who oppose it).

But it is increasing among older generations: 54% among people aged 35 to 49, 68% among 50-64 year olds and 71% for seniors aged 65 or over.

Regardless of income level, a majority of French people are in favor of replacing public development aid with a program giving a greater place to the private sector. Support is still stronger in the more financially well-off households. It stands at 56% among French people whose household earns less than €1,000 net per month and rises to 69% among households earning €3,500 net per month or more.

Political preferences constitute the criterion producing the most important differences on the question asked.

According to the research institute, support for the proposed measure is particularly strong among supporters of the presidential majority (74%) and Republicans (75%). It also remains a clear majority among those in the National Rally (63%) and among French people expressing no partisan preference (57%).

Opinion on the measure is less positive among left-wing sympathizers, often more attached to public programs. But a significant proportion of them are in favor of the measure: this is the case of 44% of rebellious sympathizers, 48% of socialists and even 51% of ecologists.

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