A third of adults in the UK do not donate anything to humanitarian aid causes, according to new research commissioned by the global humanitarian aid event AidEx.
The research company YouGov asked a representative sample of more than 5,000 adults in the UK, France, Germany and Belgium how much they gave to humanitarian aid causes in a year.
Of the 2,058 UK adults who responded, 33 per cent said they gave nothing. The figure in France was 30 per cent, in Belgium 29 per cent and in Germany 28 per cent.
When asked to choose from a list of reasons for not giving, 59 per cent of UK adults said it was because they were concerned about how the money would be spent.Thirty per cent said they would rather give to organisations helping people in the UK.
Nicholas Rutherford, event director at AidEx, said the findings were worrying but unsurprising. "There has always been a certain level of scepticism around the delivery of aid during humanitarian crises, but this has not often been directly linked to actual donations, or lack of them," he said.
"It’s not an easy issue to address – with every high-profile disaster comes speculation about how money is being spent, but steps are certainly being taken to achieve greater transparency in the sector."