Helping the world’s poorest: Stephen’s delight as 0.7% aid commitment is enshrined in law

Stephen this week spoke of his delight after the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill became law.

Stephen is pictured with fellow campaigner Baroness Glenys Kinnock and David Taylor from Oxfam

Stephen is pictured with fellow campaigner Baroness Glenys Kinnock and David Taylor from Oxfam

Having passed its final hurdle through the Lords on Monday (March 9), it means the UK Government’s commitment to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) on Official Development Assistance is now enshrined in law.

“I have campaigned on this issue for many years, both as an MP and in my previous roles with Oxfam and World Vision,” said Stephen.

“Helping the world’s poorest is not only our moral duty in this world of conflict, instability, climate change and many other challenges – it is in our common interest.

“I was part of the team that drafted a similar law in the last Labour government, but unfortunately we ran out of time to get it passed, so I’m therefore delighted to finally see this measure passed.

“It will build on the progress we made in the previous Labour government, when our aid budget trebled, historic agreements were reached on debt reduction to some of the world’s poorest countries, three million people were helped out of poverty a year, and 40 million people into education.

“British aid changes and saves lives,” added Stephen.

“It makes a huge difference to millions of people – whether that’s through the provision of malaria nets or crisis support, or programmes that empower women and girls, or offer business support so people can work their way out of poverty.

“We should be proud of what our commitment can do for those in need, and what it says about us as a country.”

 

 

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