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|Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:29 am Post subject: GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO ABOLISH 0.7% FOREIGN AID
|Government responded to “Abolish the 0.7% GDP target for Foreign Aid”
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5 Dec at 01:01
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Dear thomas davison,
The Government has responded to the petition you signed – “Abolish the 0.7% GDP target for Foreign Aid”.
Our aid commitment – which is enshrined in law - increases Britain’s global influence and allows us to shape the world around us which is firmly in the UK’s national interest.
Investing less than one percent of our national income in aid is creating a safer, healthier and more prosperous world. it is firmly in the UK’s and humanity’s interests.
Global challenges like mass migration, disease, terrorism and war have no respect for national borders. If we stand back from this fight we are not only abandoning our moral responsibilities, we are allowing other countries’ problems to come closer to our shores. Eradicating deadly diseases like Ebola protects us here at home, the provision of education and economic opportunities around the world can stem migration. And we have a moral obligation to help nations rife with poverty and poor health.
Advancing economic development in the world’s poorest countries is a hallmark of a Global Britain. Investing in the growth of companies in Africa and South Asia creates the jobs and economic stability that lead to global security and help end aid dependency, as well as driving better value for money for UK taxpayers and rates of return on investment.
Life-changing progress comes from growth that transforms economies; that creates productive jobs and private sector investment; and that spreads benefits and opportunities right across society.
As we leave the EU we will build on our strong record as a champion of trade and development.
We are securing existing duty-free access to UK markets for the world’s poorest and providing new opportunities to increase trade links and grow economies to help end poverty, while supporting jobs and businesses in the UK too. We are also working with a broader range of partners, including smaller charities in the UK, to get the best of British expertise.
We are harnessing the energy of the UK science and technology sectors, using cutting-edge technology to transform the way we do development and new vaccines to wipe out disease. We are leaving no-one behind, including by putting disability at the heart of our agenda.
The UK is using its leadership to challenge other nations to deliver on their commitments.
DFID is committed to spending every single penny of its aid budget wisely and without waste.
We have introduced tough new reforms of its aid spending to deliver value for money, including clamping down on the risk of unethical practices by suppliers, holding aid organisations to account by tying funding to performance, closing programmes which fail to meet development objectives, and increasing efficiency savings.
The UK has also secured important progress at the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) meetings in Paris to change the international aid rules and ensure they remain relevant for the modern world.
We will continue to use our leadership to challenge other nations to deliver on their commitments.
Department for International Development
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This is absolute rubbish , the publics money is being sqaundered on despots dance bands , terrorists and countries that have a greater GDP than we do -----------It is going into rich peoples pockets while we have ex-soldiers living on the street, pensioners who either have to heat or eat , children going to school hungry and families going to food banks, we are becoming the third world while the third world is coming here help by this government----- this government is selling us down the river as I write by giving in to EUstan demands plus shelling our another £50 billion so that we can trade , they are also filling up our country with muslims who get here using the money we gave them----------------------there can only be one answer to this -------------correct the solution is in your hands,
PS. I am no longer on Facebook as I was banned for telling the truth, facebook is a government/liberal run institution who are stamping out anything that goes against their agenda , in fact they try and lead the publics way of thinking to suit them---------beware Facebook is a propaganda arm of governments.