Alexandra Makaroff is Plan International’s EU representative. As head of the organization’s Brussels office, she is responsible for Plan International’s work to advance children’s rights and equality for girls by influencing relevant EU policies and programs. Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization working in 71 countries worldwide.
EU humanitarian aid is supposed to be rooted in principle, but increasingly it's being repurposed to meet political objectives, based more on the self-interest of EU member states than on any humanitarian code, write Alexandra Makaroff, Plan International EU representative and Ester Asin, Save the Children EU director in this opinion piece.
Good intentions are not enough anymore. On the 25th anniversary of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, officials from Plan International, Save the Children and World Vision call on the European Union to play its part in making the promises of the CRC a reality for all children.
If the European Union is serious about poverty eradication and improving the lives of the world's poorest citizens, protecting girls' rights and promoting gender equality must be its guiding light, writes Alexandra Makaroff, head of Plan International's office in Brussels.