Aid can be life-changing – it can help prevent disease, send children to school and support communities to recover after disasters.
Aid isn’t the only answer to poverty; we need to challenge unfair global systems too. But it does have a crucial role to play. Thanks to international aid, 41 million more children received primary education in 2005 than they did in 1999 - and the average chance of a child surviving to the age of five has doubled. We believe we have a moral duty to reach out to those in need, regardless of nationality, race or religion, so that all people can flourish.
You have helped change political thinking on aid. Despite tough economic times, you’ve persuaded all three main political parties to back the 0.7 per cent target – now we just need to make sure aid is spent wisely.