Ask party leaders to protect UK aid

 

UK aid is our country’s investment in helping children to change the future we all share. But in an election, it’s under threat.

The UK has a proud record of helping children and their families in some of the toughest places on earth. UK government-funded aid provides education. Healthcare. Shelter.

It funds innovative programmes like this one in Bangladesh that supported Taslima (above) to stay in school.

But there are those who disagree with the importance of overseas aid. It’s often during times of political instability – such as an election – that criticism ramps up, putting our aid commitment at risk.

In this election it’s vital that leaders from political parties know there are people who feel proud of UK aid. By showing support we can make sure they don't break their promise. That’s why adding your name matters. 

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Dear Party Leader, 
 
UK aid is an amazing success story and something we can all be proud of. It protects millions of children from deadly diseases through vaccinations and reaches children in some of the most difficult places on earth, like Syria and Yemen. 
 
But there is still an enormous job to do to ensure poorer countries can stand on their own two feet and help all children reach their potential. Turning our backs on the world’s poorest children is not an option.  
 
I call on you as Party Leader to make the following commitments in your election manifesto in order to protect aid and ensure it is spent in the most effective and transparent way;
 
To maintain the commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on overseas aid.  
To retain an independent Department for International Development (DFID) and not merge it with other government departments. 
To ensure that UK aid is focused on poverty reduction and strengthening systems in countries. This means that aid is spent on investing in healthcare and education systems so that countries can stand on their own two feet.
 
By making these commitments the UK can continue to play a powerful role in helping children transform the future we all share. 
 
Yours sincerely,
 

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