#ProudOfAid: social media

Despite an increasing majority of the UK public believing in its importance, aid is under attack.

Express your support for aid by tweeting one of the suggested messages or images below, or by adding #ProudOfAid to your own stories. Why are you #ProudOfAid?

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The hub brings together the most useful aid resources to support those wanting to stand up for aid, and it gathers the latest news and views about international aid.

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What does aid achieve?

Some possible responses to common criticisms of aid:

  • Aid contributes to combatting terrorism and creating new markets. But its main purpose is helping fellow human beings in need.
  • Aid helps to make the world a fairer and safer place.
  • Aid helps to strengthen fragile states and reduce the risk of more armed conflict.
  • Aid helps tackle infectious diseases, which threaten everyone.
  • The number of children who die before their first birthday has fallen by half since 1990.
  • The number of young people out of school has fallen by almost half since 2000.
  • Between 2000 and 2015, the rate of new malaria cases fell by 37% across the world.
  • The 2 pence a day that every person in the UK gives to the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria saves a life every 3 minutes.
  • The World Bank estimates that for every US$1 we spend on sanitation, we’ll get US$5 in social and economic benefits in return.
  • Every dollar invested into disaster preparedness saves seven dollars in the aftermath of disasters.
  • The UN says that more than 125 million people in the world are in need of humanitarian assistance. 
  • In 12 months, the world will spend £7bn on peacekeeping - less than half of 1 percent of world military expenditure.
  • In 2014, the world spent over 72 times as much on military expenditure as humanitarian aid.
  • No system is perfect, neither is aid. We would never get rid of the NHS because of its imperfections: it saves lives and is a source of national pride. Aid is the same.
  • In the last 5 years UK aid helped 60 million people get clean water, better sanitation or improved hygiene conditions.
  • UK aid has supported 11 million children through school.
  • UK aid has made sure 5.1 million babies were delivered with the help of nurses, doctors or midwives.
  • Organisations and the UK government are constantly adapting and improving to make sure the money we’re spending has the biggest impact and delivers results.
  • Emergency food aid helps keep more than 80 million people alive each year.
  • 0.7% isn’t an arbitrary level - it is an internationally agreed baseline, set by the UN, and it is a target we’ve been promising to hit for more than 40 years.
  • Some aid is spent through charities, who can get help to people on the ground quickly, independently and based on decades of working in some of the toughest environments on earth.
  • The world spends nearly three times as much on ice cream as it does on humanitarian aid.

#ProudOfAid tweets

15 million people now have access to life-saving HIV/AIDS medicine. #ProudOfAid.

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13 million people received emergency food via UK aid in 2014-15. #ProudOfAid.

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Worldwide deaths from cholera have been cut by 65%. #ProudOfAid.

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46 million additional children are in school in Africa. #ProudOfAid.

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School children in Chennai, India

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5.4 million children saved by vaccinations in the last ten years

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Aid has contributed to a 60% reduction in malaria deaths

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