Making Poverty History.
From Jeannette James.
Other KPC members, especially those who were at the meeting on Wed Aug10th when I talked about the G8 and what is now called in the UK the Make Poverty History (MPH) campaign, may be interested in the following.† I realised later that, although I had said that the Global Call to Action against Poverty, of which MPH is a member, includes over 70 countries, most of which are poor countries, I had not made it clear that the policies are, in principle, agreed by all.†
In other words, developing countries ask
supporters in the rich countries, especially the G8, to put pressure on their
governments to take certain actions.† It
is precisely because our governments are part of the problem that they have to
be part of the solution.† For example, on
the CAFOD website below you can see messages from 8 developing countries to the
G8, and there are also the
Whilst there is obviously scope for disagreement over what should be done, both in developing countries and here, to ignore their requests seems to me to be a form of patronising neo-colonialism, saying that we know better than they do.
If we start to become cynical or lose
heart, we must remember examples like
What is so tragic is the way the
Global Call to Action against Poverty:†††† www.whiteband.org
8 African women ask the G8:†††† www.guardian.co.uk/africa8