Make Global Poverty Matter this Election
The 2015 Canadian election campaign is in full swing, but so far the fight to end global poverty has received little attention. Now is the time to make our voices heard—to tell politicians to firmly commit to ending poverty once and for all.
Canada can and has taken a leadership role on the international stage. In 1970, Canada agreed to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) on international development assistance.
But Canada has sadly never met this commitment to the world’s poorest. In fact, our aid contributions have dropped from $5.65 billion in 2012 to $4.2 billion in 2014. That’s just 0.24% of GNI—far short of the 0.7% target.
Earlier this year, the United Kingdom committed in law to contributing 0.7% of GNI to development assistance. Countries such as Norway, Sweden, and the Netherlands regularly exceed this target. Our commitment could make a real difference in improving the lives of the 900 million people who still live in extreme poverty.
Canada has been a global leader in funding maternal, newborn and child health, which are closely linked to poverty alleviation. Despite progress, every year, 2.9 million newborns don’t survive past their first month. Many of these lives could be saved if Canada met the 0.7% target.
Let’s make our voices heard and tell politicians to firmly commit to ending extreme poverty.
Yours in Solidarity,
Make Poverty History Steering Committee
For more information on how you can fight global poverty this election, download RESULTS Canada's election manifesto, Turning Asks into Action.