From the MakePovertyHistory Team:
There was some important progress on aid in 2005. But much more needs to be done. The G8 promised to increase aid by $48 billion a year. However, only $15-20 billion of this is newly pledged and the amount of extra money will not reach the level of $48 billion until 2010.
This rate of increase is too slow. Can extra money be found? Countries like France and Brazil have pressed ahead with plans for an Air Ticket levy – a tiny supplement to the cost of plane travel – that would create predictable new money for aid. Money to pay for clean water, healthcare and education. A meeting of ministers in Paris next month could unlock this extra money. The good news is that the UK has agreed to join in with this initiative.
Yet it can all go wrong
unless we are assured of certain commitments. This is where you come in. How
much money will the UK put in? Will it truly be extra money? Will it come
without strings attached?
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, is pivotally placed to influence the amount of ‘extra finance’ that can be made available for aid to help make poverty history. Please send him a message.
Make Poverty History Team