Britain shows 'true global leadership' in keeping overseas aid promises
In today's Budget speech, Chancellor Alistair Darling said Britain's Overseas Development Assistance budget would be £7.48bn for 2009/10 and £9.14bn for 2010/11 as proposed in last year's Comprehensive Spending Review. The UK remains on track to keep its promise to devote 0.56% of national income to effective overseas aid by 2010.
ONE Executive Director Jamie Drummond said:
"The Prime Minister and the Chancellor have shown true global leadership in keeping Britain's promises to the world's poorest. Britain is setting the standard for other G8 countries at a time of global crisis when effective overseas assistance has an even more vital role to play.
"This pledge reflects the British public's firm belief that effective international aid is a smart investment in a fairer, more prosperous world."
Notes to Editors
ONE is a campaign and advocacy organisation co-founded by Bono and backed by more than two million people around the world who are committed to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, especially in Africa.