So, what about the four issues IF has campaigned and lobbied on since January?
- The UK government delivered on its commitment to spend 0.7% of GDP on Aid, something we’ve been campaigning for since the 1970s!
- The Nutrition for Growth event pledged an additional $4.1 billion to tackle malnutrition. This could potentially save the lives of almost 2 million children.
- For the first time ever, land grabs were put on the G8 agenda.
- Trial partnerships with a small number of developing countries were agreed to help make buying, selling and owning land fairer.
TAX and TRANSPARENCY:
- Just before the G8, David Cameron announced that all UK-affiliated tax havens, like the British Virgin Islands, would agree to share more information on which companies use their tax system to avoid paying elsewhere.
- This will directly benefit poor countries, as their tax authorities will be able to see where money made locally is being stashed globally, and take action.
- At the G8, this decision to share information was expanded so that the tax arrangements of companies in G8 countries will be available for scrutiny by some tax authorities too, but poor countries are still waiting for this extension to apply to them.
All of these achievements are down to IF supporters and campaigners like you, raising your voices together to convince the UK government that positive change, however incremental, is always worthwhile. There’s still plenty to work towards, but we knew hunger wouldn’t disappear overnight. Instead, what the IF campaign has shown is that humble, dedicated, compassionate people in their thousands can influence the most powerful group in the world. Thank you.
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