Nearly one out of every seven people in the world go to bed hungry each night. More than 100 million children are chronically malnourished and 131 million girls are out of education. 1.5 billion people are affected by neglected tropical diseases such as trachoma — an eye infection that leaves sufferers blind.
Overseas development aid from countries such as Ireland is key to tackling these issues and lifting communities around the world out of extreme poverty. In 2005, 15 countries — including Ireland — agreed to spend 0.7% of national income on overseas development aid by 2015. Since then, the UK, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Sweden have fulfilled their promise. It’s time for Ireland to rise to the challenge.
Send an email now, asking Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar to stand up for Irish Aid, and commit to the global goal of spending 0.7% of national income on overseas development aid.
Here are some points to help you as you write your email:
1. Irish Aid addresses critical issues of education, health and nutrition in poorer countries — promoting peace and equality by ensuring no one is left behind.
2. It can help to tackle widespread displacement of people due to famine and natural disaster, as well as disease and epidemics that we are unprepared for.
3. Irish Aid delivered through organizations like the World Health Organization and the Education Cannot Wait Fund can strengthen country capacity and more effectively coordinate on-the-ground responses.