“The Australian Government, which is in a much better financial position than the UK, must also not balance the books on the backs of the poor. Our commitment to aid is needed if we are to do our fair share in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, including reducing child mortality, improving maternal health and eradicating preventable diseases,” said the Reverend Elenie Poulos, Chairperson of the Commission governing Act for Peace.
“Evidence continues to show that overseas aid has improved the wellbeing of millions of children in poor countries,” said Rev Poulos. Despite great progress, 20,000 children still die each day around the world because of diseases that can be easily prevented and treated, such as diarrhoea and malaria.
Reaching the 0.5 per cent target means just 50c in every $100 of our national income will go towards our aid program. It is a small price to pay though will make a huge difference to the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.
Act for Peace has worked with partners in countries most affected by conflict and disaster to reduce poverty and build lasting peace for over 60 years and we see the life-changing impact of good aid and the devastating impact that broken promises can have.
About Act for Peace: Act for Peace is the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia and a member of the global ACT Alliance. We empower war-torn communities to reduce poverty, protect refugees, and prevent further conflict. Our project partners are currently assisting more than one million people in the world's worst conflict affected areas, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, Zimbabwe and Burma. www.actforpeace.org.au