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EU to deepen relationship with Horn of Africa on peace, human development, economic recovery

In establishing a new strategy with the Horn of Africa, the EU will deepen its strategic relationship with the region on areas of cooperation such as democracy, peace and security, social and human development, trade and regional integration, and post-COVID-19 social and economic recovery. 

The EU’s new strategy will promote multilateralism, provide "principled" humanitarian assistance, address the growing impact of the climate crisis and environmental degradation, enhance resilience, and strengthen the health sector while exploring potentially boosting local vaccine manufacturing capacity. Providing the region’s young people with skills and education will drive the EU’s approach to social and human development.

Press release - Council of the European Union

Strategy - Council of the European Union

G7 foreign and development ministers' agenda focuses on gender equality through education, ending gender-based violence

The UK hosted a G7 meeting in London on May 4-5, 2021, that put women and girls at the center of the agenda with a focus on the three E’s: education, empowerment, and ending gender-based violence.

Foreign and development ministers from the G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the US, and the UK, plus the EU) met for their first in-person meeting in two years. The foreign ministers from Australia, India, South Africa, South Korea, as well as the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), were invited to some of the talks as guests.

The G7 foreign and development ministers agreed to a new goal of sending 40 million more girls from low-and middle-income countries to school over the next five years and helping 200 million more girls read by the age of 10. 

They also agreed to provide a US$15.0 billion two-year package to help women in low-income countries build resilient businesses and respond to the economic impacts of COVID-19. The funding will be provided through the 2X Challenge, a partnership between G7 Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) that was originally launched in 2018. The 2X Challenge focuses on providing finance and support to female-owned and staffed businesses or to businesses that provide products or services that particularly benefit women.

The G7 ministers also called for women’s rights organizations at local, national, and international levels to be actively included in decision-making on the COVID-19 recovery, and the ministers committed to working to prevent and eliminate gender-based violence through increased support to programs aimed at addressing this issue.

Press release - UK government

News article - BCC

News article - The Guardian

EU parliamentarians adopt report calling for increased EU role in humanitarian assistance and development for COVID-19 response

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) of the Committee on Development adopted a report calling for the EU to play a larger role in development cooperation and provide humanitarian assistance to address the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in EU partner countries. 

The report welcomed the new ‘Team Europe’ approach and highlighted the need for increased EU support to key sectors, such as food security, poverty, health, human rights, governance, democracy, education, and digitalization. It emphasized the importance of the humanitarian-development-peace nexus, building resilience, and suspending debt service payments for the poorest countries.

Report - European Parliament

Sweden adopts US$385 million 2021-2024 development cooperation strategy for Afghanistan

On April 29, 2021, the Swedish government adopted a new strategy for its development cooperation with Afghanistan for 2021-2024 which amounts to SEK 3.3 billion (US$385 million).

Sweden will focus its support on strengthening democracy, gender equality, and human rights, as well as on promoting education, health, economic development, and peacebuilding.

Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation, Per Olsson Fridh, said that the strategy reflected Sweden's long-term commitment to Afghanistan, saying, “There is great political uncertainty, but our support strengthens the forces that want to safeguard the achievements made over the last twenty years."

Press release – Government Offices of Sweden (in Swedish)

Former UN Ambassador Samantha Power confirmed to head USAID, role to be elevated to US National Security Council

By a bipartisan vote, former UN Ambassador Samantha Power was confirmed as Administrator to the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The vote in the Senate was 68-26 and was met with enthusiasm from development groups and her new colleagues, including US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.  

In a first for a USAID Administrator, her role will be elevated to be a part of the US National Security Council.

Power addressed her priorities in her confirmation hearing in March 2021, saying that she would aim to enhance USAID's work addressing food security, education, gender equality, global health, as well as the "interconnected and gargantuan" current global issues of the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate emergency, state collapse, and "democratic backsliding",

News article - CNN

European Parliament calls for EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy to promote global transition to fair and sustainable agri-food system

A report by the European Parliament’s Committee on Development has called for the EU’s Farm to Fork strategy to help enable a global transition to resilient, fair, and sustainable agri-food systems that provide safe and affordable food for the global population. 

The report stated that the EU should help tackle all forms of malnutrition in humanitarian and development contexts, including in low-income countries. It emphasized the need for the Farm to Fork strategy to explicitly address gender inequality, strengthen resilience to climate change for smallholder farmers, and protect workers’ rights. 

The Committee on Development also encouraged the EU to support capacity-building for regional integration efforts such as the African Continental Free Trade Area. 

Report - European Parliament

UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office will have US$10.9 billion ODA budget for 2021-2022, nearly quarter less than in 2020

The UK Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, the Commonwealth and Development, Dominic Raab, announced on April 22, 2021, that the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) will be responsible for delivering £8.1 billion (US$10.9 billion) of official development assistance (ODA) in 2021-2022, which is a reduction of 23% based on the UK’s 2020 provisional ODA figures.

Other government departments will be responsible for an additional £1.8 billion (US$2.4 billion), as announced in January, making the total UK ODA budget £9.9 billion (US$13.3 billion) in 2021-2022.

Raab also provided headline budget figures for key thematic priorities for the FCDO. The FCDO has allocated:

  • £534 million (US$729 million) for climate and biodiversity and £941 million (US$1.2 billion) in 2021-2022 will be counted towards meeting the UK’s International Climate Finance commitment of providing £11.6 billion (US$15.6 billion) over the next five years;
  • £1.3 billion (US$1.7 billion) for global health and COVID-19 – it is assumed that this is bilateral spending, but it is not entirely clear with the text noting a focus on COVAX (the global vaccine initiative), the World Health Organization, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and it also specifies bilateral spending via individual countries;
  • £400 million (US$537 million) for girls’ education to be invested directly in over 25 countries, helping to achieve the global target of getting 40 million girls into education systems – Raab noted that the UK will generously replenish the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) (the UK is co-hosting the GPE replenishment with Kenya this summer), but refused to reveal the exact UK commitment;
  • £906 million (US$1.2 billion) for humanitarian preparedness and response, which will include a £30 million (US$40 million) crisis reserve fund;
  • £251 million (US$337 million) in research and development across the UK's priority areas and a further £38 million (US$52 million) targeted directly at science, technology, and innovations;
  • £419 million (US$562 million) in support of open societies and conflict resolution;  
  • £491 million (US$659 million) on economic development and trade;
  • £3.1 billion (US$4.2 billion) will be provided as multilateral core contributions to key global funds and development banks, including keeping the UK’s pledge to be the top donor to the World Bank’s low-income lending arm (the International Development Association), and this bucket also includes funding to key bodies such as the British Council and the FCDO; and
  • Half of its bilateral ODA will go to Africa (with Raab noting that there will be a major tilt towards East Africa), and one-third of the bilateral budget will go to the Indo-Pacific region and South Asia, while funding to China will be cut by 90% and fall to £900,000 (US$1 million).

Many parliamentarians and civil society organizations criticized the government for a lack of clarity on where the cuts had actually been made and how spending would be affected beyond the broad thematic areas. The way the data had been presented made comparisons with 2020 and 2019 ODA spending extremely difficult. Commentators were also disappointed that there was no country budget level data announced, beyond China. Raab noted that country budget allocations were in the process of being decided and further information would be released once the decisions had been taken.

A joint statement made by numerous UK NGOs condemns the announcement as a "tragic blow" for the world’s poorest.

Press release - UK Government

News article - Devex

News article - The Guardian

Joint statement - Bond

Center for Global Development calls for UK government to return to 0.7% of GNI as ODA when economy returns to pre-pandemic size

The Center for Global Development (CGD), an international development think tank with a hub in London, has published a new blog exploring when the government should return to spending 0.7% of its gross national income (GNI) on official development assistance (ODA).

The government temporarily suspended its commitment in 2020 in the face of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on public finances, and it has stated that it will only return to the 0.7% commitment "when the fiscal situation allows". The government has failed to outline how it will decide this, despite repeated questioning. In the absence of a straight answer, the Center for Global Development has proposed three different potential scenarios for measuring "when the fiscal situation allows" that the government could use:

  • Scenario 1 – Under this scenario, the government deficit would be used as the measurement. The CGD notes that historically, the UK has met the 0.7% commitment with a government deficit of 1.6% of gross domestic product (GDP), on average. By this measure, the UK could return to 0.7% in 2023 when the deficit is projected to be around 0.8% of GDP.
  • Scenario 2 – Under this scenario, the measurement for when the UK could return to providing 0.7% of its GNI as ODA would be when the budget deficit is eliminated. The UK Chancellor of Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has stated that this scenario is his intention. However, according to a projection by the UK Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR), an official independent body on UK public finances, this is unlikely to be reached until 2025-2026. Even then it is not a given, as historically, very few governments have achieved this goal. 
  • Scenario 3 – Under this final scenario, the government returns to 0.7% when the UK economy recovers to its pre-pandemic size, which is expected in 2022. While this option might pose value for money problems as the budget was dramatically cut and then has to rise quickly again, it also allows for programs to be paused rather than canceled, with payments delayed for a year only. It would also enable the UK to announce (as it hosts the G7 and the UN Climate Change Conference in 2021) that it will quickly resume its spending, maintaining global development leadership.

The CGD notes that its preference would be for the government to opt for Scenario 3, given the shortness of the cut, as well as the ability to press pause and to retain UK global development leadership. However, the CGD stresses that whichever scenario is chosen by the government, it is important for the government to set out a clear schedule for returning to the 0.7% target to enable those in the development community to plan effectively.

Op-ed - Center for Global Development

EU Council approves new strategies for Indo-Pacific and Mediterranean cooperation on development, climate

The Council of the EU has approved conclusions on strategies for cooperation with both the Mediterranean region (or, the ‘Southern Neighbourhood’) and the Indo-Pacific region, which cover issues such as development, investing in young people, climate and the green transition, health, trade, and security.

Given the intense geopolitical competition in the Indo-Pacific, the EU will seek to contribute to regional stability, prosperity, and sustainable development in the region through trade and investment, tackling the climate crisis, and working together on security, defense, and inclusive socio-economic recovery.

In the Southern Neighbourhood, the EU will invest in socio-economic recovery, job creation, a just and inclusive green transition, and in the people of the region, especially young people. The EU will promote human rights and the rule of law, as well as seek to partner on security, migration, healthcare preparedness, and response capacities. 

Press release on Mediterranean region - Council of the EU

Press release on Indo-Pacific region - Council of the EU

UK cuts humanitarian assistance to Syria by nearly third; meanwhile, speculation grows over who will take over top UN humanitarian position

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Minister, Dominic Raab, has announced that the UK will provide £205 million (US$275 million) to the Syrian refugee program at a recent donor pledging conference. This represents a cut of up to a third of the UK’s contribution from last year, which amounted to £300 million (US$403 million), and the cut comes despite heavy lobbying for the UK to maintain its commitment to Syria.

The decision to cut the budget comes as speculation grows as to who will replace Mark Lowcock, the former Permanent Secretary of the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), when he leaves his role as the head of the UN’s humanitarian operations. Lowcock announced that he was departing imminently in order to spend more time with his family. The post has traditionally been given to a British national, though there is a drive to select the person based on merits.

British nationals in the running include Nic Dyer, the UK Special Envoy for Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Affairs, or Harriet Mathews, the Director for Africa at the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. Outside of the UK, Olof Skoog (a Swedish diplomat who is the EU Ambassador to the UN), William Chemaly (a Lebanese human rights and humanitarian protection specialist who has worked as a Senior Policy Advisor for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)), and Koen Davidse (a Dutch Executive Director at the World Bank) have all been proposed as potential candidates.

News article - The Guardian

News article - The New Humanitarian

Spain launches 'Focus on Africa 2023' strategic plan

On March 29, 2021, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez participated in a high-level event to release ‘Foco África 2023’ (‘Focus on Africa 2023’), the new strategic program of the Spanish government to foster peace, stability, and sustainable development in the continent. Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo and Arancha González Laya (Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation) also participated in this launch event, which served to reaffirm Spain’s goal to strengthen cooperation with the African continent.

The ‘Foco África 2023’ plan, which is aimed at supporting the implementation of the Spanish government’s ‘Third Africa Plan’ approved in March 2019, outlines Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Angola, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and South Africa as priority partner countries. Specifically for development cooperation, Spain will focus its efforts on Mali, Niger, Senegal, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Morocco, Mauritania, Tunisia, and Egypt.

The new plan outlines seven strategic priorities:

  • Peace and security;
  • Sustainable development;
  • Trade and economic investments;
  • Global public services (with a focus on health, water, and sanitation);
  • Humanitarian assistance (with a focus on nutrition and education);
  • Gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment; and
  • Migration and mobility.

Press release – La Moncloa

'Foco África 2023' – La Moncloa (in Spanish)

European Parliament proposes putting human development at heart of new EU-Africa strategy

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) passed a parliamentary resolution with proposals that call for putting human development at the heart of the new EU-Africa strategy, as originally proposed by the European Commission in March 2020. This includes education issues such as training teachers, reducing the number of students leaving school early, and ensuring the inclusion of girls, as well as improving health care and national health systems. 

MEPs also called from moving away from the traditional donor-recipient relationship. They supported future cooperation on the green transition, energy, digital transformation, sustainable jobs, good governance, and migration. 

The resolution will help to inform the future joint EU-Africa strategy, which will be adopted by the EU and the African Union (AU) at the upcoming AU-EU Summit (to be scheduled). 

Press release - European Parliament

Cuts to public research budget threaten UK government’s ambition of being science superpower

Leading UK academics and members of the parliament have urged the UK government to reverse its short- and long-term cuts to the UK public research budget. Academics and parliamentarians noted that the cuts risk thwarting the government’s ambition of being a science superpower in the coming decade, as outlined in its recently published Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.

Critics of the government's approach, point to the immediate short-term costs of the intended 70% cut in 2021-22 to UK official development assistance (ODA) funded research, noting that it will jeopardize COVID-19 research programs underway, including those supporting genomic analysis, as well as studies of transmission and treatment.

However, they also point to long-term concerns regarding funding for the UK’s continued participation in the Horizon Europe research program. Previously, funding for UK participation came from its EU membership fees, but now that the UK has exited the EU, there is a large hole in the budget.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the main public science funding body, estimates that it could have to pay £2.0 billion (US$2.7 billion) a year from its current £8.5 billion (US$11.4 billion) budget to maintain British participation in the EU research program. Ottoline Leyser, Chief Executive of the UKRI, has noted, however, that UKRI is in active discussions with the government on how it can help to ensure the UK maintains engagement in the program.

News article - Financial Times

Ahead of GPE’s replenishment conference, Spanish parliament discusses global education

On March 22, 2021, the Spanish Congress of Deputies’ Development Committee and 2030 Agenda Committee hosted a virtual event to raise awareness on global education and discuss the role Spain should play ahead of the Global Partnership for Education’s (GPE) 2021-2025 replenishment.

The event was co-organized by GPE and the Global Campaign for Education, a development NGO network which in Spain is formed by Ayuda en Acción, Entreculturas, Educo, and Plan International España. The event included the participation of El Salvador's Minister of Education, Carla Hananía de Varela, and up to eight MPs from different parliamentary groups, including the Deputy Chair of the Congress of Deputies, Alfonso Rodríguez Gómez de Celis, of the governing Socialist party (PSOE), and the President of the Development Committee, Roser Maestro, of the governing left-wing Podemos party.

During this parliamentary hearing, GPE’s Chief Executive Officer, Alice Albright, encouraged Spain to champion global education efforts and launched GPE’s €100 million (US$121 million) ask to the Spanish government for its coming 2021-2025 replenishment period.

Press release – Global Campaign for Education Spain (in Spanish)

Report – GPE (in Spanish)

Investments must address digital divide, says Dutch development minister while reviewing lessons learned from Digital Agenda for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation

The Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag, addressed the results and lessons learned from the government's Digital Agenda for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in a parliamentary letter. The purpose of the Agenda was to outline the opportunities and risks of digital technologies and data for international trade relations and sustainable development worldwide and the Dutch government's response plan.

Kaag stated that investments in education, among other things, should also address the digital divide in low-income countries and prevent digitalization from leading to more inequality. She also mentioned that development programs with a strong digital component should examine which target groups in low-income countries are inadvertently excluded as a result of such a digital divide, and thus, more low-tech solutions should be offered for those groups, such as distance learning via radio instead of online platforms.  

Press release - Parliament of the Netherlands (in Dutch)

Dutch Advisory Council on International Affairs presents advisory report on foreign policy

The Dutch Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV) presented an advisory report on foreign policy for the next cabinet. The report included several concrete policy recommendations for international cooperation.

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, the AIV advocated for a greater Dutch and European commitment to the fair global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and an increase of the Dutch budget for development cooperation to at least 0.7% of the gross national income (GNI).

The AIV also called for action to support and strengthen digital literacy in education among young people in countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and recommended that financing flows which support climate adaptation be systematically monitored.

Report - AIV (in Dutch)

UK government will cut ODA to 0.5% GNI without parliamentary vote

The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has confirmed that the government will no longer give the members of parliament a vote on the government’s plans to cut the UK development assistance budget from 0.7% of gross national income to 0.5%. The government announced a reduction in the UK development budget in November of 2020 as a result of the negative impact of COVID-19 on the government finances.

Johnson cited the change in plans, stating that because the cuts are temporary, they do not require legislative change given the extraordinary circumstances.

The move came as something of a shock to UK members of parliament who were given the impression following the announcement of the cuts in November, that they would be given a vote on whether or not the budget should be reduced. The number of members of parliament, particularly in the Conservative party in opposition to the cuts has been growing in recent months. 

News article - the Guardian

Long-awaited UK Integrated Review calls for continued UK leadership on development with focus on climate change, global health, conflict, defending universal rights including gender equality

The UK government has published its long-awaited 'Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy'. The review sets out a new strategic framework for guiding UK defense, foreign, and development policy over the next decade in light of changing geopolitical and economic world.  

Key changes in the global environment identified by the review include the increasing strategic importance of China and the Indo-Pacific region, the rising competition between states and between democratic and authoritarian values, the fast pace of technological change, and transnational challenges such as climate change, global health risks, terrorism, and organized crime.

The review sets out four strategic objectives for navigating this changing world. Below is a summary of how the four objectives relate to international development assistance:  

  1. A strong focus on science and technology to ensure a UK strategic advantage: In terms of development, the review calls for science and technology to be fully integrated into the UK’s national security and international policy and confirms that the UK will continue to use its development assistance to support research and development (R&D) partnerships with low-income countries, sharing expertise to support the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The review pledges a stronger focus for public R&D spending on applied research, development and implementation, and supporting more high-risk research. Decisions on public funding for R&D should focus research on those areas with the potential for the greatest social and economic benefits including the most pressing global challenges of today and where the UK can add the most value.
  2. A continued UK leadership role in shaping an open international order including global development efforts: In terms of international development, the review calls for the UK to continue to be one of the world’s leading development actors and to focus on fighting poverty and achieving the SDGs. It also calls for the UK to ensure its development assistance investments remain evidence-based and transparent and focused on areas important to a global Britain and where the UK can have the greatest impact. The review notes that the UK will set out a new international development strategy that will align UK development assistance from 2022 to meet the Integrated Review’s strategic objectives. The review highlights the importance of the UK defending democracy and universal rights and makes specific mention of support to gender equality – via girls’ education and women’s economic empowerment. It also recommends that the UK continue to be a champion of humanitarian support and support the strengthening of institutions like the WTO and WHO. In terms of geographical focus and partner countries, the review calls for an Indo-Pacific tilt that goes beyond development cooperation, with the goal of the UK having the most integrated presence in the region of all European partners by 2030. The review also highlights South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Ghana in particular as key partners in further shared prosperity goals, democratic values, and security interests, and the review confirms the UK's continued support to conflict resolution and stabilization efforts in Somalia, Sudan, and Mali. It also highlights Yemen, Libya, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, and Morocco as key partners. The review also makes explicit that as countries graduate to being able to finance their own development, the UK should move towards providing expertise, and switch from grants to loans and focus on transnational challenges where there is mutual self-interest.
  3. Strengthening security and defense at home and overseas: The review calls for a more integrated approach to government work on conflict and instability and a continued focus on addressing the drivers of conflict and strengthening fragile states. The review announces the creation in the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office of a new 'Conflict Centre' and calls for the cross-government Conflict, Stability and Security Fund, which has an £874 million budget (US$1.1 billion) for 2021-22, to prioritize resources on stability, resilience and security in regions of strategic importance to the UK.
  4. Building resilience at home and overseas: The review calls for a focus on transnational challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss, and global health. On climate change, the review highlights the government’s International Climate Finance commitment of £11.6 billion (US$15.6 billion) between 2021 and 2025 and commits at least £3 billion (US$4 billion) of this to solutions that protect and restore nature. The review calls on the UK to strengthen its work on global health security with a focus on bolstering international pandemic preparedness, reforming the WHO, and prioritizing the support of health systems and access to new health technologies through its ODA.

The UK will build on its One Health approach that recognizes the close connection between the health of people, animals, and the environment, and will set up a Global One Health Intelligence Hub as a single source of intelligence on human, animal, and environmental risks, as well as global networks of zoonotic experts. It will continue to partner with the EU and multilateral development banks on issues such as Anti-Microbial Resistance, HIV/AIDs, tuberculosis, and malaria. The review also calls for priority to be given to accelerating equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics worldwide and supporting Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

Bond, the UK network of international development NGOs, has welcomed the review and its focus on open societies, climate change, health, and poverty alleviation but is concerned that development assistance funding will be reduced to countries most in need,

Report - The UK government

News article - Bond

Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation launches new nine-year strategy

The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), has launched a new strategy for the next nine years aiming to increase its efficiency as well as strengthen and systematize the development, sharing, and use of research-based knowledge in Norad.

The overall framework for the strategy is set around how Norad can adjust its work in order to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Norad plans to disburse funding more strategically, and its overall goal is that the budget will function as a strategic tool for eliminating poverty, slow down the nature and climate crises, and combat various forms of inequality.

Norad also aims to be a central partner in promoting sustainable development, and it wants to boost innovation in development assistance, creating a culture that is conducive to testing out new ideas and expanding on existing good ones.

Norad's Director, Bård Vegar Solhjell, said that to improve efficiency, Norad would likely want to make fewer agreements. 

News article - Bistandsaktuelt (in Norwegian)

UK civil society calls on G7 world leaders to deliver transformative agenda; civil society C7 Summit to be held in April 2021

Bond, the UK network of development non-governmental organizations, has called for G7 world leaders to deliver a transformative agenda at the G7 Summit this year focused on protecting the most marginalized and building an inclusive, resilient, and sustainable future for everyone. The UK is hosting the G7 Leaders’ Summit in June 2021 in Carbis Bay, Cornwall.

In a recently published briefing, Bond set out seven key policy asks for G7 world leaders, calling on them to address the following topics:

  1. Health – Invest at home and abroad in stronger healthcare systems to ensure access to quality healthcare for all, redress health inequalities, and ensure that nations are resilient for future pandemics;
  2. Climate and environment – End all investment in fossil fuels, decarbonize the global economy, prioritize climate finance for vulnerable countries, and sign the Leaders' Pledge for Nature to stop biodiversity loss;
  3. Sustainable economic recovery – Ensure the private sector will be supported in any future international debt cancellations, as they are also needed to support decent work, social protection, and protect the livelihoods of marginalized people;
  4. Open societies and civic space – Be active champions of democracy and civil and human rights;
  5. Education – Ensure quality, inclusive, and equitable education for every child, with a special focus on addressing girls’ education;
  6. Food security and nutrition – Build sustainable and climate-resilient food systems and increase financial contributions for famine prevention and relief; and
  7. Conflict and atrocity prevention – De-escalate current conflicts, commit to action to address some of the most pressing crises, and support building peaceful societies.

Bond will be hosting a virtual Civil Society 7 Summit on April 19-20, 2021. The 'C7 Summit' will bring together civil society leaders from around the world and provide them with the opportunity to talk to the UK government and provide ideas for the joint communiqué of the G7 leaders’ summit.

Registration for the C7 Summit is open at the Bond website.

Report - Bond