2 July 2015 - Responding to a speech this evening by the Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening, Christian Aid’s Director of Policy & Advocacy Christine Allen said there was a lot to welcome.
‘It’s great to hear Justine Greening’s broad vision of how the UK can continue to help defeat poverty, while also going beyond aid,' she said.
'Going beyond aid means tackling the fundamental forces that trap countless millions in poverty, such as unjust tax rules, climate change and corruption. Christian Aid firmly agrees that this is essential, if we are serious about helping people living in poverty to survive and flourish, sometimes against terrible odds.
'Ms Greening's recognition of the importance of the Government continuing its work towards tax justice is hugely welcome in this light, as is her acknowledgement of the UK's vital role at the Paris climate change summit later this year. It is vital the DFID works across government to ensure we do all we can to get a strong deal in Paris - one that will offer hope to the world's poor.
'Also especially welcome is the Secretary of State's clear desire to reach the women and girls who make up 51 per cent of the world's population but whose lives are often cruelly limited by deeply-rooted discrimination.'
Ms Greening was speaking at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in Blackfriars, London. She urged UK civil society to work to lobby other countries to play their part in international development, rather than campaigning on UK government policy.
Christine Allen added: 'Christian Aid sees the desperate need for more countries to follow the UK lead on so many issues. Yet as UK organisations, we must also continue to hold our own government to account when it is failing. We owe that to people in poverty around the world.'
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