German Public Opinion on International Solidarity in the Covid-19 Pandemic

This report was created by the German Institute for Development Evaluation, and seeks to better understand German public opinion of international solidarity during the time of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Summary: Coping with the coronavirus pandemic requires international solidarity and cooperation – especially with developing countries. But to what extent does the general public support this commitment? Data from the COVID-19 Snapshot Monitoring (COSMO) from April to June 2020 reveals that the general public is in favour of greater commitment by Germany to combating the Coronavirus situation. However, reservations regarding debt relief for developing countries as well as aid for the economy and refugees in those countries exist. The data do not indicate that the concerns triggered by the pandemic have reduced support for development cooperation.