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Welcome for Justine Greening speech on aid, women and transparency

October 09 2012 - Welcoming Justine Greening’s speech to the Conservative Party in Birmingham today, Christian Aid’s Senior UK Political Adviser, Sol Oyuela, said:

‘We feel very encouraged by Justine Greening’s reaffirmation of her Government’s commitment to meeting the 0.7 per cent target for spending on international development in 2013. We look forward to celebrating the realisation of that goal next year – and all that UK aid has so far achieved in helping millions of people to change their lives for the better.

‘The Secretary of State for International Development’s emphasis on the importance of supporting women in poor countries is welcome. At Christian Aid, we believe it is vital for gender to be at the heart of work to tackle inequality.

‘We were also especially pleased that Ms Greening stressed how greater transparency can help cut corruption and allow ordinary people to hold their governments to account for how they are spending public money.

‘We agree about the importance of reducing secrecy, although we also want much greater transparency from multinational companies and tax havens. That will help to combat tax dodging as well as corruption – and in the long run reduce the need for aid to poor countries.’

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For more information please contact Rachel Baird on 020 7523 2446 or rbaird@christian-aid.org. 24 hour press duty phone 07850 242 950.

Notes to Editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around some 50 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.

2. Christian Aid has a vision, an end to global poverty, and we believe that vision can become a reality. We believe that the underlying causes of poverty were made by, and can be ended by, human action. Our strategy for building the power of us all to end poverty is embodied in a new report ‘Partnership for Change’: http://www.christianaid.org.uk/Images/2012_strategy.pdf

3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of 125 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development.  Further details at http://actalliance.org

4. Follow Christian Aid's newswire on Twitter: http://twitter.com/caid_newswire

5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid visit http://www.christianaid.org.uk