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Our executive director Jean-Michel Grand responds to UK Development Secretary Justine Greening's vision of the UK's future development support 

By Action Against Hunger

Jul 3 2015

On 2 July 2015, Justine Greening, UK Development Secretary, addressed attendees of an event at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London, co-hosted by Bond, the UK NGO body of which Action Against Hunger is a member. In her speech she described her vision of the future of UK development aid.

Action Against Hunger UK's executive director Jean-Michel Grand responds:

“It’s great to hear Justine Greening’s vision for how the UK will continue to drive progress and help defeat poverty, while also looking beyond aid.

“Going beyond aid means tackling the root causes of poverty in order to enable people to not only survive, but reach their full potential. This also means continuing to ramp up effective responses to humanitarian crises that, in too many places, threaten the very foundations of development.

 “The Secretary of State’s recognition for the need to focus more attention on fragile states is to be applauded and I welcome her commitment that the UK will step up its already considerable leadership in the humanitarian sector, including making the World Humanitarian Summit truly a landmark moment.

“The most effective way to limit the reversal of development in times of crisis is to provide an enabling environment to principled humanitarian action, which is based on need and need alone. In cases of conflict we are seeing more and more military support taking place alongside humanitarian relief efforts, which can damage the perceived neutrality of humanitarian responders and ultimately hampering our ability to provide assistance to people in need in some of the most rural and hostile areas.”

Ms Greening’s speech also marked an intent that the relationship between civil society and the UK Government becomes more strategic.  

On this, Mr Grand said: “We welcome that the UK Government is to hold a review to inform taking its relationship with civil society here in the UK and worldwide to a new level. As an organisation working in 45 countries, Action Against Hunger looks forward to contributing to that exploration of how NGOs' full potential can be recognised. How governments, businesses, NGOs and citizens interact must fit with the era of the Sustainable Development Goals. Whether the world can work together to reach targets like ending preventable child deaths and ending child undernutrition by 2030 depends on new models of working for new times.”

Watch Justine Greening's speech: 

Greening’s speech can be found on the DFID website: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/changing-world-changing-aid-where-international-development-needs-to-go-next

For further information or to arrange an interview with Mr Grand, please contact Leah Oatway on L.Oatway@actionagainsthunger.org.uk.

 

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