We did it! UK keeps aid promise

The UK Government has announced that it is keeping its promise to spend 0.7% of national income on aid. Millions of people living in poverty worldwide now have a brighter future – all thanks to the thousands of campaigners who spoke out and convinced our politicians not to back down.

 

A 43-year-old promise…

Enough Food IF campaigners gather in Westminster to call on Osborne to keep promises to the world's poorest.

Enough Food IF campaigners gather in Westminster to call on Osborne to keep promises to the world’s poorest.

This announcement has been 43 years in the making. Back in 1970, 22 countries committed to the 0.7% aid promise. Only five delivered. Until now. The UK has just become the first G8 country to keep its promise.

 

Even in tough times, we will not turn our back on the world’s poorest people. That’s the message we’ve sent out – loud and clear – to other rich countries.

 

More aid means more people with the opportunity to feed their family and work their way out of poverty. It’s an incredible achievement, and it’s all yours. Thank you for believing in a world with enough food for everyone.

 

What now?

It doesn’t stop here. With tax dodging in developing countries making the hunger problem even worse, we need to keep the pressure on politicians to address the issue in the upcoming Finance Bill. And with the G8 coming up, we need to put pressure on other rich countries to follow the UK’s example.

 

Keep up the pressure on world leaders – get involved with IF at the G8.