The 0.7% aid budget needs your help
The coalition government is under pressure to back away from its pledge of passing into law the commitment to give 0.7% of national income in foreign aid. Aid cynics in the media continue to spread myths about the ineffectiveness of aid, forcing the government to consider cutting foreign aid.
These myths are wrong, dangerous, and a significant step back in the fight against extreme poverty. If left unchallenged, these myths will have a huge negative impact on the lives of the world’s poor.
British aid is working, it is saving millions of lives, and it is helping to pull millions out of extreme poverty. British aid helps provide schooling and vaccinations for millions of children, access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation to even more people, better healthcare for women and newborns therefore reducing preventable deaths, and helps support countries to hold freer and fairer elections so promoting international peace and development, and growth.
All three major parties have committed to the 0.7% target, this is something that we should be proud of as it makes our country an international leader on aid issues; it sets an example to countries across the world to do the same. However, in order for them to stand firm behind this commitment, the Government need us to show we support their promise.
What will you do to support the 0.7% aid budget?
To tweet your MP click here to find out your MPs twitter handle. When you reach the page, select your constituency first, and then type in your postcode. Please use the #0.7 in your tweets, and feel free to use our suggested tweet: ‘@(your MP) I’m proud the UK saves lives through international aid. What are you doing to protect the 0.7% commitment in the budget? #0.7’
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