Ripple Effect's statement on the Foreign Aid Budget Cuts
We are deeply saddened by the Foreign Aid budget cuts announced by Rishi Sunak on 25th November.
In 2015, the UK enshrined in law a commitment to spend 0.7% of GNI helping those living in the poorest areas of the world to lift themselves out of poverty. It is one of the UKs proudest achievements. Five years on and that legal obligation has never been more needed.
70% of the world’s food is produced by small-scale family farmers and tens of thousands of these have benefitted from British aid through Ripple Effect projects alone. If the British Government does not maintain our support now, many more farmers will no longer be able to transform their lives for the better.
In the face of global challenges such as climate change and coronavirus it has become increasingly clear how interconnected we are, and how when our neighbours struggle, we struggle too. There has never been a more important time to invest in foreign aid, not just for the livelihoods of those who are supported by it, but for the economic, social and environmental health of the planet as a whole.
Now more than ever the British Government needs to show leadership in the face of these global challenges and maintain our commitment to Foreign Aid.
We stand with the families we work with, many of whom have personally been supported by funding from the UK government, and call on Rishi Sunak to rethink his decision.