ActionAid Head of Advocacy, Barry Johnston, commenting on Parliament’s UK aid debate and the 0.7% spending pledge, said:
“The generosity and commitment of Britain is transforming the lives of some of the poorest people in the world. ActionAid uses UK aid to to support girls living in poverty to go to school, respond to humanitarian crises like the Nepal earthquakes and support women in Africa to claim their human rights and learn new skills.
“Charities and the Government have a duty to ensure every aid penny is spent wisely and we will continue to do everything possible to make sure it goes to helping the people who need it most.
“But it is only through supporting long term change through education, reconstruction and resilience building, and by supporting people to take control of their own lives that we can help communities to build their own futures, free from aid.”