Aid alone is not enough to promote long-term development, and donors should begin helping developing countries move toward self-sufficiency. This is among the key messages aid campaigners in the U.K. hope to get across to members of the country’s parliament.
“A thousand people from around the U.K. will be coming to Westminster to lobby their MP on international development at ‘Tea time for Change,’” Jenny Ricks, ActionAid UK’s head of campaign, writes on the “Left Food Forward” blog.
The agenda of the event, to be held Thursday (June 9), will include stressing the importance of fulfilling aid promises as well as thanking U.K. officials for planning to enshrine into law the country’s commitment to meet the U.N.-set target of spending 0.7 percent of the gross national income on aid.
“But supporting development does not end with aid. Although it is essential now, aid on its own it will not end poverty,” Ricks says. “Supporters will be talking about how we must help developing countries end their dependency on aid and stand on their own two feet.”
Ricks notes that there are signs global leaders are getting this message, citing as example the recent announcement of a new Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development vision that recognizes the importance of promoting sustainable and inclusive economic growth. This new vision was part of an OECD development strategy framework unveiled May 26 by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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