Dalia Research partnered with the Center for Global Development (CGDev), the premier think tank in development policy, to create a survey of Europe’s opinion on cash transfers.

Cash transfers is an up and coming topic within the ecosystem of foreign aid and international development. Despite evidence of its efficacy in various research studies, the concept of giving money directly to those in need remains highly controversial due to donors’ fears that the recipients will misspend the funds.

Dalia Research asked 10.000 Europeans how they would allocate a hypothetical aid budget by their government. CGDev analysts Matt Collin and Theodore Talbot analysed the data and found that there is a modest support for cash transfers among Europeans, although there is a heavy penalty for support of cash transfers if recipients might spend some of it on alcohol.

 

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[From ‘What do 10000 people in 28 countries think of using aid for cash transfers?’, Center for Global Development]

The image above depicts respondents’ willingness to allocate a larger share of  €5 if it was to be spent on something ‘good’ (in blue). In the same vein, when the money might be spent on something ‘bad’ (in red), respondents were less likely to support the cash transfer.

To read more about these findings, click here.