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Policy issues concerning Global South

There are 920m people in the Global South living on less than $1.25 a day. In a world with resources many times what is required to eliminate global poverty this situation is intolerable according to the latest Policy Briefing fromSocial Justice Ireland.  

CAFOD, the UK development aid organisation, has warned that the World Bank’s ‘Doing Business’ rankings are actively harming the poor. This is a further example of a tendency in international agencies to use data selectively which then provides an inaccurate analysis which, in turn, leads on to inappropriate policy recommendations. 

Ireland is heading for the fourth year in a row in which its Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) Budget will fall as a percentage of Gross National Product. According to the annual report of Irish Aid just published, in 2010 Ireland’s Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) budget as a percentage of Gross National Product fell for the third year in a row.

There are 920m people in the Global South living on less than $1.25 a day. In a world with resources many times what is required to eliminate global poverty this situation isintolerable.
 
There has been some progress in Asia but the situationhas changed littlesince the 1980s in Sub- Saharan Africa and in Latin America.
 
On June 10, 2010 former Taoiseach Dr. Garret FitzGerald launched “Act Now on 2015”, a campaign led by 61 anti-poverty organisations to call on Government to deliver on its promise to reach the UN target of spending 0.7% of national income on overseas aid by 2015. Social Justice Ireland is a member of this campaign.

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