Under pressure from MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY campaigners like you, the UK Government has put Africa on the agenda at the G8, at the UN and elsewhere. But there is another key opportunity that we cannot afford to miss.
This year the UK has the Presidency of the European Union and we need your help to make sure European Community (EC) aid reaches the people who need it. Please email Jack Straw now to say that EC aid should be focussed on the poorest countries, and especially on sub-Saharan Africa. As Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw is responsible for UK negotiations with other European countries.
Tony Blair told MEPs in Brussels that ‘we are leaders in development and proud of it’. But at present less than half of EC aid goes to the poorest countries. There are no sub-Saharan African countries included in the top ten recipients of EC aid. This has got to change. The main focus of the European aid programme must be on ending poverty in the poorest countries.
Please take two minutes to send an email to Jack Straw, asking him to push for more and better EC aid to the poorest countries in Africa.
The Make Poverty History team