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Africa Day 2012

What do people in Ireland think about Africa? To mark Africa Day, on 25 May, we took to the streets of Dublin to find out.

What you think

We also gathered opinions from loads of other people living in Ireland. Here is what we found:

  • Over 50% of Irish people believe that corruption is the main cause of poverty in Africa
  • Almost nine in every 10 people believe that African governments are corrupt
  • Despite this, the Irish public is overwhelmingly willing to help
  • Four in every five Irish people would pay a higher price for products ethically produced in Africa
  • 60% believe that aid from Ireland is making a huge difference

Optimism and crisis 

These findings reflect a discussion that raged last week at the Concern National Debate Final. The motion was “With recent signs of growth and stability, there is strong cause for optimism in sub-Saharan Africa.” Find out who won

It’s like a tale of two Africas. On the one hand, the International Monetary Fund forecasts economic growth of 5.5% in 2012 for sub-Saharan Africa. On the other hand, there are 239 million people going to bed hungry every night.

What we’re doing

Concern, and charities like us, work with communities throughout sub-Saharan Africa. We help get these communities back on their feet. We make sure they have the expertise and tools to make lasting positive changes to their lives. You can help – join our Africa Day celebrations