Enough Food for Everyone IF – Aid
I remember getting involved in the Make Poverty History campaign back in 2005. It was great to be part of a campaign movement where so many people were united around the idea of playing a part in seeking to bring hope and justice for the world’s poor. For many people it was the first time that they had been involved in campaigning. It was so encouraging to know that the church was such an active participant in the campaign. The campaign was inspiring and also enabled a great deal to be achieved. Lessons were also learnt and the recognition that not everything had been resolved. More still needed to be done and so, 8 years on, another occasion that the UK is hosting the G8, and another campaign; The IF Campaign.
Nearly one billion people go to bed hungry every night and two million children die from malnutrition every year. We’ve made progress in other areas, but hunger is still the great scandal of our age. All around the world, even in the UK, people are struggling to feed their families.
This is why Breathe has committed to being part of the coalition of the IF Campaign.
The campaign is focused on 4 main issues of aid, land, tax and transparency. All of these issues are interconnected and all are key to tackle to enable the campaign to achieve the outcomes it seeks – a world where hunger and poverty are stamped out.
Over the next 4 months we are taking the time to focus on each of these 4 issues and components of the IF Campaign in the lead up to the G8 Summit in June. We are starting this month with the issue of aid.
Development aid has not always received a good press. There are some that raise questions about its effectiveness . However can we really say that development aid is a bad thing? We believe that aid is a vitally important piece of the development jigsaw and that it enables literally millions of people to have a hope, a livelihood and a future. The debate on aid will continue to rage. However when aid, which it so often is, is SMART and also literally saves lives we think it is to vital to cut it and scale it back even when times are very hard in the UK.
Breathe as a movement signed up to the IF campaign as it believes that another world is possible. That there is enough food for everyone IF…. promises are kept by governments, including the UK, to keep to its pledged aid budget and also for steps to be made to ensure companies pay fair taxes and charges.
The 2013 Budget could mark the beginning of the end for world hunger:
IF George keeps the Government’s promise to spend 0.7% of national income on aid, and
IF he acts to ensure the Finance Bill forces UK companies to disclose tax dodging in poor countries.
The 0.7% aid commitment is a promise that’s too important to break.
If you are able and feel inspired then why not write to George Osborne MP, The Chancellor of the Exchequer to ask him to keep to the promise of protecting the Aid Budget. You might also want to consider contacting your MP to discuss the IF campaign – a couple of guides on how to do this are attached.
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