Public support

NGOs have long recognised the importance of building wider public support for international development, but continue to face the challenge of low public trust of, and engagement in, their causes. Public support is vital for increasing pressure on governments and the private sector to enact change, to create stronger civil society organisations, and to sustain lifestyle changes that halt excessive consumption.

There is a wealth of insight on public attitudes and effective messaging available to the sector, but this is often difficult to distil and apply to a specific cause or campaign. Bond’s Public Support project aims to support NGOs to access the key takeaways from this insight and embed best-practice approaches across all areas of public engagement.

Public support essentials

  • Public Attitudes towards development: this guide draws learning from the Aid Attitude Tracker to support NGOs to be more effective in making the case for aid and development
     
  • The Narrative Project: this piece of research highlights how our narrative approach to international development can change public attitudes
     
  • DevCommsLab: this website can help you find insights to help you understand audiences, motivate public action and influence attitudes
     

Listen to our podcast episode where we discuss media attitudes and the erosion of public trust in NGOs.

Public support news and views

Rescue workers celebrate in Nepal surrounded by cameras
11 January 2019
A new research study finds that very few commercial news organisations cover humanitarian issues outside of major emergencies.
Civil Society Futures workshop in Newcastle
3 January 2019
After speaking to over 3000 people, the Civil Society Futures inquiry has proposed some recommendations for building stronger connections between charities and the public.
Woman walking through ruined area of Sana'a, Yemen
13 November 2018
A new poll has found that 42% of the UK public do not know that there is a war going on in Yemen. Why is there such a lack of awareness?

Latest public support resources

Donation jars
A new study suggests that a person’s political views and attitudes towards their own country – and whether they voted for or against Brexit – can explain which causes they support.
4 August 2017
ThankUK image - for water
A collection of images to be shared on social media in support of UK aid.
5 April 2017
How charities work
A resource explaining how charities are run and how the public can help them to make a difference
16 December 2016

Share your learning

Explore ways of building long-term public support for development with others in the sector in our working group. Bond members can join working groups for free.

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Get in touch to share your public support success stories: perhaps you have come across some helpful new insight, or your organisation has tested a messaging approach that works well with your audience. We’d love to hear about this and share what you’ve learned.

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