In just 15 years, extreme poverty has been halved. We think that’s something worth celebrating – especially now, a decade since an unprecedented number of people came together to campaign to Make Poverty History.
That means that not only are millions of people worldwide no longer living on less than $1.25 a day, but more children now have the opportunity to go to school and families have access to vital healthcare and sanitation.
These photos celebrate the difference you’ve helped to make in so many lives since the Make Poverty History campaign.
Now it’s time to keep pushing – and in the next 15 years we can end extreme poverty for good.
Make Poverty History was all about people power. When we work together we can influence governments to take ambitious action – and that’s exactly what happened in 2005 when 36 million people in over 70 countries kicked off the campaign by demanding that leaders deliver debt cancellation, more and better aid, and trade justice.
After hearing your calls, the G8 leaders acted fast. They pledged $25 billion for Africa, promised universal access to HIV drugs, and agreed to cancel the debts owed by 40 of the world’s poorest countries.
Within just three years, overseas aid to Africa was increased by $3 billion. This aid was crucial in helping more children attend school, providing healthcare and medication to those in need, and protecting the livelihoods of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
Marking a huge year for improving healthcare and access to medication, increased aid meant that 5.2 million people living with HIV/AIDS now had access to vital drugs – up from just 300,000 in 2002. This measure saved millions of lives, and helped people around the world regain a sense of hope and live life in dignity.
It wasn’t just healthcare that was improving. By 2011, an amazing 130 million primary-aged children in Africa were enrolled in school. That’s a massive increase on 11 years earlier, when only 87 million children had access to schooling.
hanks to your calls for increased aid, more money was provided for mosquito nets. These simple nets had a huge impact on malaria prevention, and by 2012 there were 20 million fewer cases reported worldwide than in 2000.
After over 40 years of dedicated campaigning by organisations and individuals across the UK, the government finally made good on its promise to spend 0.7% of national income on international development. Although 0.7% adds up to less than a penny in every pound, it provides enough additional aid to vaccinate a child every two seconds.
The world has taken big steps towards making poverty history. But with extreme inequality spiralling out of control and climate change hitting the world’s most vulnerable people first and hardest, it’s more important than ever that we hold our leaders accountable to the commitments they made 10 years ago.
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We know we can achieve incredible things when we act together. Let’s continue to speak up for a fairer future – and just imagine what we’ll be celebrating 10 years from now!