Delyn MP David Hanson has today praised local people’s campaigning as key in securing record funding for overseas development. David Hanson MP said the campaigning of churches, faith groups and charities in Delyn has been recognised by the Government as it announcement the annual overseas aid budget will increase from £5 billion in 2007 to £9 billion in 2010.
This funding is further confirmation of the UK’s global leadership on international development issues. This record funding will provide more resources to help the world’s poorest people escape poverty and respond to humanitarian crises.
The UK has a proud record on international development. The UK’s Department for International Development has already been acclaimed as the world’s leading aid agency helping deliver real improvements to the world’s poorest people. For example, UK aid: is lifting 3 million people out of poverty permanently, every year; is helping treat a million Africans with HIV/AIDS; and has put 6 million more children into school in Ethiopia, 17 million more in Bangladesh.
The UK is also a global leader in responding to humanitarian crises. For example, the UK is the largest donor to the UN’s Central Emergency Relief Fund. This has delivered significant humanitarian relief to the people of Darfur, to those affected by the recent floods in Africa and the 2005 Pakistani earthquake.
David Hanson said:
“This is a great result for anti-poverty campaigners in Delyn and around the globe. I have pressed upon the Secretary of State for International Development, Douglas Alexander, that the people of Delyn are proud of our international development record. We wanted the government to do more and they have listened and delivered.
“But we still have much work to do. For example, poverty still kills a child every three seconds and 72 million children have no school to attend. I will continue to work with campaigners in Delyn until we have realised our ambition of eliminating global poverty.”