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  1. Joanna Williams
    Joanna Williams September 16, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Really interesting article you’ve written Sophie. I’m writing my honours thesis on public opinion and the size of the foreign aid budget so it was really nice to finally see the collection of primary data esp. in terms of total dollar amounts. I was wondering if you would be interested in sharing this data – that is if it’s easily accessible. If not, thanks for writing a really useful article!

    1. Patrick Kilby
      Patrick Kilby September 16, 2013 at 10:12 am

      Joanna the figures are available each year in ACFID’s Annual Reports

      1. Joanna Williams
        Joanna Williams September 16, 2013 at 10:24 am

        Thanks Patrick for the heads up. I emailed ACFID earlier this morning to request access to their annual reports prior to the 2009-2010 FY (given that subsequent ones are accessible on their website).

        1. Patrick Kilby
          Patrick Kilby September 16, 2013 at 11:07 am

          There are a few in the National Library as well (early 2000s). If you want older ones pre-2000 then there are ACFOA Archives (MSN 9347) in the National Library as well.

    2. Jonathan Pryke
      Jonathan Pryke September 16, 2013 at 11:41 am

      Hi Joanna,

      We have every intention of releasing the data. We are currently in the process of putting all of the sources together into one sheet and cleaning it up to make it presentable. We will release it either as a comment on this blog post or in a subsequent blog post in the coming weeks.

      Regards,

      Jonathan

  2. Patrick Kilby
    Patrick Kilby September 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    What is particularly interesting is that if you look at NGO aid spending from their public donations (excluding govt funding) it has been around 0.03%-0.04% of GDP since the 1970 (see Lissner 1977 “Politics of Altruism” for the early figures), a remarkably stable figure, and an interesting observation on public altruism for overseas aid.

  3. Denis
    Denis August 30, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Really useful article Sophie. Thanks for posting. What struck me was the relatively small size of the Red Cross. Less than four percent!

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