We held a public zoom event on Wednesday 10th February, 2021, where Nick Dearden , Global Justice Now and Nadia Whittome, MP spoke on defending aid, making it more effective and just, debt cancellation, and climate finance.
Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now (GJN), talked about how we can support justice for the global south in the times of Covid-19. He discussed GJN’s campaign to not just defend the aid budget, against the government’s merger of DfID and planned cuts to the 0.7% target, but also to make it more effective and just. He also highlighted how debt is built into the global financial system, and how we can support GJN’s work campaigning for debt cancellation.
Nadia Whittome, Labour MP for Nottingham East, spoke about aid and debt cancellation from a Labour perspective, confirming that debt cancellation is Labour party policy, and pointing out the vested interest we all have in a global recovery and building economic resistance.
Both Nick and Nadia expressed optimism that change is possible.
To download an audio recording of the meeting, go to https://www.dropbox.com/t/MCWftiPEZ1ZZLpya (This is only available until 19th Feb)
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