We have recently returned from the first ever World Humanitarian Summit, which discussed the highest level of human suffering since the second world war. Across the world 125m people are affected by conflict and disasters.
We have seen desperate families. Families who have lost their homes, any hope of education and worst of all, loved ones and friends. They are stuck in a cycle of massive confusion, hopelessness and unforgivable living conditions.
This cannot continue. The summit called for a response from governments, civil society and the business community. In this light, the UK’s commitment to meeting the UN target of spending 0.7 per cent of our national income on aid is more critical than ever. We worked hand in hand with Sierra Leoneans to defeat Ebola and now we are leading the global fight for education.
Today, parliament will debate the UK’s commitment to helping the poorest on the June 13. This is an important moment for MPs to express their support for our commitment to overseas aid in the developing world. This is not only the right thing to do, but a smart investment in the fight against poverty and inequality.
It is why we are calling on all parliamentarians to join us in sharing why they too are #ProudOfAid.
Chief Executive, the Bond Network of 470 international NGOs
Chief Executive, Western Union, and host of Advancing Private Sector Engagement in the Humanitarian Crisis session at the World Humanitarian Summit