Imagine you are at a crossroads and you have to choose which way to go. That’s the situation our EU representatives are faced with now: they can decide to pave the way for a better future for all or go for quick fixes. We are urging them to choose the right direction and invest in long-term development. They can do that right now, as they are deciding how much money will be spent on eradicating poverty within the 2018 EU budget.
The EU and its Member States are the world’s biggest aid donor. From 2014 to 2015 alone, EU funds helped send over 18 million children to school, ensured that more than 8 million births will be attended by skilled health personnel, and benefited over 5 million malnourished women and children.
Yet the EU is facing unprecedented uncertainty: from the refugee crisis to Brexit and rising global instability. In this context, it is tempting to take the easy route and look for short-term solutions. But this will not solve the long-term challenges that Europe and developing countries face together.
The proposed EU aid budget for 2018 is 6% lower than last year. Now is not the time to cut development spending. Now is the time to re-route & re-focus on eradicating extreme poverty. The EU must step up and pave the way for a steady, long-term aid plan that would lift millions out of poverty. With the challenges ahead—famine, conflicts, pandemics and refugee crises—we need the EU to deliver a strong and ambitious vision for development.
We have already gathered more than 40,000 signatures from members and citizens who back our call to EU leaders. Our leaders need to know that European citizens care and are asking for an ambitious 2018 aid budget, capable of tackling the biggest challenges that the EU and developing countries face together.
Join the 50,000+ signatories to our petition, and urge our leaders to choose the path to end extreme poverty. Sign now.