Responding to Wednesday’s Spending Review announcement, Maurice Adams, MRDF Chief Executive, commented:
‘In these times of austerity the government should be applauded for planning to continue to fulfil its aid promises to the world. The effects of the commitment to spend 0.7% of GNI on international development, which will still equate to less than a penny in every £1 of government expenditure in 2015/6, will be far reaching, transforming communities as well as improving the stability of entire nations. Investing in healthcare, sanitation and clean water will help to save millions of people from hunger and preventable diseases. By supporting education and sustainable livelihood projects, like those of MRDF’s partners, this aid can give people the resources they need to break the chains of poverty and become self-supporting in the future.
However, while aid is an essential element in the fight against poverty, we cannot underestimate the negative effect of issues such as global debt and speculation on food commodities, which are currently crippling many poorer nations around the world. MRDF and our partners are committed to shining a light on these issues and amplifying the voices of marginalised communities who are often worst affected by these injustices, and sidelined in global decision-making.’