The IF campaign
There is enough food in the world to feed everyone. Yet nearly 900 million – one in eight people – go to bed hungry every night and over three million children die from malnutrition each year.
In 2013, the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign - a powerful coalition of more than 200 organisations supported by tens of thousands of people across the UK - called on the UK government and G8 leaders to take action towards ending the global hunger crisis.
The Enough Food for Everyone IF Campaign commissioned an independent evaluation, written by Steve Tibbett and Chris Stalker from the Advocacy Hub. The evaluation report is the culmination of over 1,000 pages of monitoring data, direct input from over 70 people within and outside the IF campaign coalition, and four surveys of coalition members. The report assesses the campaign against its objectives and provides lessons and recommendations for future coalition campaigns.
Campaigning Together is an online hub of campaigning effectiveness resources based on experiences from coalition campaigns, including the Enough Food for Everyone IF Campaign. The resources draw on the knowledge and experience of over 30 individuals. They give top tips, reflections, and ideas on topics ranging from digital campaigning to how to structure coalition campaigns. Bond hopes Campaigning Together will will stimulate ideas, challenge thinking and encourage creativity and collaboration.
The IF campaign made great progress in tackling some of the underlying causes of hunger, thanks to the support of thousands of organisations and supporters who made their voices heard. From 500 George Osbornes marching on Westminster, to over 50,000 people in London and Belfast rallying for change, to getting the IF issues at the top of the G8 agenda, the actions taken by people up and down the country made a real difference.
Aid: The UK government kept its promise to spend 0.7% of GNI on aid - something we've been campaigning for since the 1970s. And G8 leaders pledged an extra $4.1 billion that could help tackle malnutrition and save the lives of almost two million children by 2020.
Land: For the first time ever, land grabs were on the G8 agenda. World leaders agreed to set up pilot partnerships with developing countries to make buying, selling and owning land fairer.
Climate finance: The G8 repeated the excellent promise of $100 billion a year of climate finance to help poor countries adapt to climate change. They also gave some welcome encouragement for raising funds from aviation and shipping.
Tax & transparency: David Cameron announced that all UK-affiliated tax havens will now have to share information about the companies using them. And G8 leaders agreed that information from all companies should now be open to scrutiny by tax authorities in developing countries.
Thanks to IF campaign supporters, we have taken a great step forward for the world's poorest people.
Bond saw the IF campaign as an excellent opportunity to help strengthen UK NGOs' collective campaigning and to build public support for aid and development. From the outset Bond lead the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning of the IF campaign and commissioned the independent evaluation.
Bond was represented on the decision-making bodies for the campaign - the Board and Organising Committee - and organised the regular Assembly meetings open to all IF campaign member organisations.