Muenster June 18 : 45 minutes; ½ hr Q&A - Eine Welt Netz NRW

eine.welt.netz.nrw.de

Muenster June 18 : 45 minutes; ½ hr Q&A - Eine Welt Netz NRW

10independent lives”. Indeed both the notion of social security and of the freedevelopment of one’s personality, article 2 of your “Grundrechte”, are deeply valuedin German society.Why not translate these wonderful principles in your development policies?By funding social protection programs Germany could both adhere to itscommitments regarding aid effectiveness and ensure the Bundestag and taxpayersthat German aid is used for what it is meant for: lifting the poor out of poverty…Now – why do I spend so many words on what your government should do?Many of you are working on raising funds and implementing nongovernmentalprojects, many of which contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Goals. And Iapplaud these efforts: each individual life improved by your efforts must becelebrated.But however much multiplied – these efforts will never add up to compensatefor the missing billions that your own government promised – but is not providing;and for the waste of billions of aid funds as your government is reluctant toimplement the agreed agenda to make its aid more effective.Ultimately only comprehensive government action can achieve theMillennium Goals and lift the billion plus poor sustainably out of poverty:1. Governments in developing counties must heed the needs of the poor andbe accountable to their citizens. So if you are engaged in development projects: donot build schools, but help your partners, civil society there, to empower citizens todemand education from their government; and2. Governments in rich countries must assist developing countries in theirefforts.The most important contribution that you – civil society – can make is to holdyour own government to account for this. Thus – let me say this in provocativeterms: your job is not as much to raise funds, but to raise voices. It is interesting thatin Germanic languages voices and votes (Stimmen) is the same word, because thisis exactly what this is about:The real problem is that government leaders come to the United Nationsmake beautiful speeches and promises and take back the plane to business asusual. And they get away with it. Living up to these promises requires publicawareness and citizen advocacy, suggesting to political leaders that they will win,

More magazines by this user
Similar magazines