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ADD statement on UK foreign aid cuts | A chance to do the right thing

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ADD statement on UK foreign aid cuts

A chance to do the right thing

There is still a chance to stop the UK foreign aid cuts, which are not only legally and ethically wrong, but will a have a detrimental impact on the lives of persons with disabilities around the world.

Our UK aid funded-programme, Inclusion Works, supports the most marginalised and vulnerable people in countries such as Bangladesh and Uganda to find work. During the pandemic, disabled people have been hit the hardest and cuts at this stage could mean they begin to lose everything.

Persons with disabilities may fall further in the dark, losing their hope.

Abdur Rakib, ADD International Bangladesh.

In Sudan, cuts to our UK aid-funded inclusive education programme will affect our ability to support schools in creating and managing more inclusive classrooms and could see more than 200 teachers not receive effective training to help disabled children receive an education.

In Bangladesh and Uganda, the cuts will impact the livelihoods and financial wellbeing of people living with disabilities – the very families most often left behind by other development initiatives.

Reducing UK government support now will jeopardise the path towards achieving several UN Sustainable Development Goals such as those for decent work and economic growth (Goal 8), reduced inequalities (Goal 10) and no poverty (Goal 1). It will also stall progress towards fulfilments of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Is cutting aid to vulnerable disabled people the right thing to do?

Through its own good work, the UK government has developed a reputation as a global leader on disability inclusion. The proposed cuts put that reputation at risk and threaten to wipe out years of recent progress in this area.

You can help us change this.

Right now, the UK Government is deciding if these cuts will happen. Next week's planned Commons vote will come in the same week the government hosts world leaders at the G7 summit. Take action to make sure they do the right thing.

  1. Write to your MP
  2. Share our message
  3. Support our work

"The Global Disability Summit’ co-hosted by UK and Kenya governments and IDA in 2018 was a landmark moment. Under the leadership of the UK, not only did it galvanize huge commitments for disability inclusion from across the international community, it demonstrated the UK’s commitment to ensure we don’t leave disabled people behind in our international development efforts.

These cuts puts that at risk. At a time that it is greatly greatly needed – when countries around the world are still struggling with Covid-19 – a pandemic that we have seen to disproportionately affect people with disabilities. We cannot let this happen."

Tamsin Langford, Director of Programmes, ADD International

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Legally and ethically wrong

Dominic Raab, the UK foreign secretary, announced last July a £2.9 billion cut to the UK’s aid commitment. The government also announced the aid budget will be cut to 0.5% of gross national income (GNI) in view of the pandemic – even though 0.7% is enshrined in law and committed to by government.

>> Read more about our thoughts on the work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office