Prime Minister David Cameron’s defence of Britain’s continued support for poorer countries is brave and very welcome, Christian Aid has said.
Other global development commentators agree that the PM's commitment is significant. But they add that the key issue is what kind of global aid - as well as the quantity.
Too much commercially restricted assistance can make for dependency and inequality, rather than freedom and development, they point out.
Commenting on the Prime Minister’s speech at the Global Alliance for Vaccinations and Immunisation (Gavi) conference in London today, Christian Aid Director Loretta Minghella said the Prime Minister deserved high praise for his robust stance on the moral case for aid, despite criticism even from within his own party.
"It’s heartening to see Mr Cameron’s principled approach on aid and the promises his party has made that Britain will not balance the books on the backs of the poorest people in the world," she declared.
Ms Minghella continued: "The Prime Minister is absolutely right to make the moral case for spending what amounts to a small fraction of the Government’s total budget on making a massive difference to the lives of people living in extreme poverty."
"Christian Aid also welcomes Mr Cameron’s leadership in the campaign to fund life-saving vaccinations to protect millions of children around from preventable diseases which could otherwise kill them," she added.
Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in nearly 50 countries.
The NGO declares: "We act where the need is greatest, regardless of religion, helping people build the lives they deserve."