In our Reboot Campaign, the second step we’re calling on the UK government to take is ‘Reset’: cancel debt and release emergency funding to help developing countries respond to the crisis.
Tearfund | 27 Jul 2020
Our Reboot Campaign is all about building a better post-coronavirus world. In this blog series, we’re focusing on the steps we need to take to make this happen. The second step we’re calling on the UK government to take is ‘Reset’: cancel debt and release emergency funding to help developing countries respond to the crisis.
People living in lower-income countries are already more vulnerable to the immediate impacts of the coronavirus crisis, with limited access to health services, food, water and income. And the knock-on economic effects of the pandemic could threaten lives for years to come.
It’s been estimated that 71–100 million people are at risk of falling into extreme poverty as a result of the pandemic, while 270 million people could be facing severe food shortages by the end of the year.
This is a critical moment. Failure to respond with financial and economic support could lead to catastrophic loss of life, as well as undoing decades of work in the fight against poverty. We need to act now.
Recognising this, 77 faith leaders joined their voices earlier in July to call on the UK government to cancel debt repayments for the world’s poorest 77 countries. This would bring crucial relief to help them invest in health care, access to clean water and emergency supplies.
Countries with big budgets are giving financial relief to their own citizens and businesses. A just recovery means offering this kind of support to the most vulnerable countries too.
The step we’re calling on the UK government to take
In our Reboot Campaign, we’ve called this step ‘Reset’. The UK government should work with other countries to cancel debts for the poorest and most affected countries, and release emergency funds to protect basic human rights (eg food, water), on top of our regular contribution to international aid. Some of the specific ways to achieve this include:
For more detail, take a look at our policy paper.
This is one of five steps to a better world that we’re calling on the UK government to take. Will you add your voice to call for a fairer, greener world that works for everyone?
Read the rest of this blog series on our five Reboot steps:
Respond: Share vaccines and resources
Reset: Cancel debt
Recognise: Include faith groups in recovery
Recover: A better world for everyone
Renew: Walking the talk
Learn about our work and stay in touch with all things Tearfund. Hear about our news, activities and appeals by email.Sign up now
Your privacy and peace of mind are important to us. We are committed to keeping your data safe. We only collect data from people for specific purposes and once that purpose has finished, we won’t hold on to the data.
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems.
These cookies allow us to measure and improve the performance of our site. All information these cookies collect is anonymous.
These allow for a more personalised experience. For example, they can remember the region you are in, as well as your accessibility settings.
These cookies help us to make our adverts personalised to you and allow us to measure the effectiveness of our campaigns.