Last weekend, I travelled up to Scotland for the training, following my selection as a Global Poverty Ambassador. It’s sounds very grand, but really it means that my work in poverty alleviation has been recognised as being good grounds to represent this issue globally and be able to talk about it with authority. People from all walks of life have been chosen, from young to old, but all I believe share a passion to change the world for the better.
The Edinburgh training was really very good and we were given a lot of interesting tips on how to present in an interesting way and also how to deal with difficult people, for instance that small group who couldn’t care less about poverty, unless it happens to strike them personally. Also, we were given the latest figures on how poverty has been tackled to dramatic effect in so many countries over the last 30-40 years.
If you would like me to present, then I am available to talk to people in the Midlands area of the UK and I can assure you that the presentation will be illuminating. You’ll also hear about some of the campaigns that are coming up this year.
The first of these is the focus on 0.7%, which is the figure that it was agreed back in 2000 would be the target figure for governments to spend on overseas aid, in order to meet the Millennium Development Goals. However, there is much water under the bridge since then and governments are starting to baulk at the prospect of giving away this percentage. Britain is going to be the first country to achieve this and so it is up to us to make sure that the Conservative government sticks to its promise and meets the target, showing the way for the rest of the world.
Only $100Billion is needed to remove extreme poverty from our Earth and this could be achieved easily, considering that $5.3Tn was spent bailing out the banks – in other words 53 times more, so don’t hesitate to support this campign to ensure that we meet the 0.7% target.
Lastly, in May, there will be a special campaign, which will give you a taste of what living in poverty is like and you can raise money at the same time for your favourite charity. Keep an eye on the blog and you’ll find out how to participate!