16 August 2019

Claire Godfrey, Interim Director of Policy, Advocacy and Research at Bond, the UK network for civil society organisations working in international development, said:  

"Our focus is trying to make sure that whatever the outcome of Brexit, it doesn’t leave people across the world facing poverty and conflict any worse off. Better still, it positions the UK to more effectively contribute to delivering the sustainable development goals. The Department for International Development has provided welcome reassurances [on EU funding] to our world-class sector over recent months, but the reality is, this isn’t just about funding.
 
This needs to be about redefining the UK’s role in the world in a positive way, by championing international development and aid that prioritises the needs of those who are unfairly excluded from global growth and prosperity. Continuing to work with our EU partners is key to this because that’s the only way we are going to have any hope of tackling huge global challenges such as inequality and poverty, climate change, humanitarian emergencies and the refugee crisis.’

ENDS

  1. Today the International Development Secretary issues a letter to civil society organisations about the Government’s planning for Brexit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/international-development-secretary-letter-to-civil-society-organisations-about-the-governments-planning-for-brexit
  2. Bond is the network for organisations working in international development across the UK, including Christian Aid, ActionAid and Oxfam. Bond unites and supports a diverse network of over 400 civil society organisations and allies to help eradicate global poverty, inequality and injustice.
  3. For further information or interviews please contact Maryam Mohsin on 07555 336029 or [email protected]