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Poor must not be forgotten

The impact of the global economic crisis on the world’s poorest people has been revealed in a new report. Concern supports the call not to “turn our backs on the poor."

The report was launched by Dochás, the umbrella organisation representing NGOs in Ireland, whose members include Concern Worldwide.

Recession means hunger

According to Hans Zomer, Director of Dóchas, the poorest developing countries “lack the buffers that allow countries like Ireland to spread the pain and look for solutions. For poor countries, economic recession means increased hunger, death and disease.” The report, entitled “Now is not the time to turn our backs on the poor”, was welcomed by Concern CEO Tom Arnold.

Poorest need support

“Even at a very challenging time like this, I think most people understand that the very poorest people in the world need support from the richer countries, even though the richer countries are going through some difficulty,” he said. “Ireland has consistently played a leadership role in this regard and I think our decisions influence other rich countries as well.”

Aid is a part of the answer

Tom continued: “Aid itself is not going to be the only critical factor in what must be a more holistic approach. Other critical factors include sensible economic policies, good governance, and other elements, but aid and the contribution that rich countries have to make to poor countries at this time of great stress is a part of the answer.”

The Dochás report, “Now is not the time to turn our backs on the poor”, is available here.