It’s our last conference call of what has been a rather turbulent year for advocacy on international development. Despite the challenges of a reduced Official Development Assistance (ODA) budget, wavering political support and numerous Foreign Secretaries, we ended the year on a high! 

A day after International Volunteers Day, it was special to be able to thank and congratulate our volunteer advocates on the call for all that they do. Just this month, we received confirmation of the UK’s £1 billion pledge to the Global Fund to Fight HIV, TB and Malaria which, although less than we asked for and somewhat disappointing, is still a huge win given the current context. We also shared the good news that part of the UK’s £50 million pledge to the Global Polio Eradication Iniative will be dispersed this year. Your advocacy is noticed and appreciated, and contributes to meaningful changes. 

To round off 2022, our December action is calling for the UK to pledge £170 million over three years to Education Cannot Wait, the only global fund for education in emergencies. We are doing our part for their global campaign ‘222 million dreams’ – reflecting the number of children affected by crises who are in need of education or educational support. This month, we were lucky to be joined by two brilliant expert speakers, Nasser Al-Faqih, Chief of Strategic Partnerships at Education Cannot Wait and Ben Sadek, Donor Relations and Strategic Partnerships at Education Cannot Wait. Nasser shared powerful insights into why education is so important for children in humanitarian crises, including the provisions for safety and security that it can offer. Ben explained how ECW works and how it reaches people often left behind. Both speakers were very knowledgable and inspiring to listen to and if you missed it, please catch up on some snippets of the call below.

Our action this month suggests that you use a creative approach to letter writing to get noticed by Andrew Mitchell MP, Minister for Development, but any action you can take – no matter how big or small – will make a diference. Check out our action materials for more information and ideas.

We look forward to seeing what next year has in store and hope to see you on our first conference call of 2023 on Tuesday 10 January. 

Recording of the call and links shared during the call:

Ministerial statement on 0.5%

BOND analysis 

RESULTS UK statement on the UK’s Global Fund pledge

September action on polio

International Volunteer Day blog 

Send my Friend to School

List of countries where ECW works 

Data from Education Cannot Wait

Education Cannot Wait investment case

Send my Friend to School tweet with images of an action taken by school-aged children on ECW