When international aid is spent effectively, it can make a real difference to the lives of millions of children. Since 2002, aid has helped:
- 40 million children go to school in Africa
- ensure around 4 million fewer children under five will die this year compared to 1990
- rebuild countries, such as Sierra Leone, following civil war.
A strong case for increasing aid
Children are the most vulnerable when people lack essentials like food, water, sanitation and health care.
Progress toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals has been slow. Without dramatic action, many developing countries are unlikely to meet the targets by 2015. Furthermore, children have been hardest hit by the recent financial crisis, which was estimated to have pushed another 90 million people into extreme poverty during 2009.
There is therefore a strong case for increasing aid in the coming years.