Over the last year, the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday have led a vicious campaign against UK aid, including allegations which the UK government's Department for International Development has powerfully argued are unfounded in reality.
Now, they’ve ramped up their coverage. Attacking a budget which primarily exists to serve the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world, the Daily Mail calls for UK aid to be slashed.
Let us be clear - we believe aid should be spent effectively, and always prioritise ending extreme poverty for the most vulnerable people on this planet. But calling for the UK aid budget to be scrapped is wrong on every level - and could have a disastrous impact on the world’s poorest people.
Right now, UK law states that the nation must spend 0.7% of its Gross National Income on international aid, less than a penny in every pound. For this tiny percentage of GNI, UK aid has an enormous impact - it saves a life every 2 minutes, supports more than 11 million children through school, and has helped 64.5 million people gain access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene. This is an immense achievement that we should all know about - so why don’t we?
When the general public doesn’t know the true impact of UK aid, there's a risk of painting a completely inaccurate picture of how our money is being spent.
Worse, when efforts are made to convince the public that this budget should be scrapped, it risks the nation’s international aid budget being dramatically reduced, and the lives of the world’s poorest people becoming a political football. We can’t let this happen.
We need your voice. Let’s tell the world (and the Daily Mail) about the true impact of the UK aid budget - and that it should be protected.