UNICEF UK Responds to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee report on the Economic Impact and Effectiveness of Development Aid


UNICEF UK President, Lord Paddy Ashdown:

‘Scrapping the 0.7% commitment would not make aid more effective it would simply deny vital assistance to millions of poor and vulnerable people throughout the world. Long-term development aid means that we can reduce the amount we have to spend on humanitarian emergencies and will help millions more children go to school and live to celebrate their 5th birthdays. The UK should retain its principled position as one of the global leaders for the world’s poorest children.’

UNICEF UK Executive Director, David Bull:

‘You don’t break a promise you make to a child. Over the past 20 years development aid has meant that 4 million fewer children will die this year, 33 million children have had the chance to go to school for the first time and 4 million more people have access to live saving drugs for HIV/AIDS. There is no greater example of the effectiveness of long-term aid than the fact we could eradicate Polio within the next five years. We have three years left to meet the Millennium Development Goals.  Now is not the time to turn our backs on children who need our help the most. We call on the Government to keep it’s commitment to the 0.7% aid spending target.’


For more information please contact:
Stephen Pattison, Senior Media Officer UNICEF UK.
Tel: +44 (0) 207 375 6085 or +44 (0)7971650171


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