Commenting on a speech today (1 October) by Shadow International Development Secretary Ivan Lewis at the Labour Party conference, in which he spoke of the need to tackle the fundamental causes of poverty, Christian Aid’s Senior UK Political Adviser Sol Oyuela said: "We’re glad to hear Ivan Lewis’ comments that the Labour Party will support the Government keeping its promise to hit the 0.7 per cent target for aid – but we’re even more pleased by his call for tackling the underlying causes of poverty.
"He is absolutely right that we must look beyond aid, at the forces keeping people poor. It’s especially good that he has recognised how tax dodging is a devastating problem for poor as well as rich countries, and one which must be resolved as part of ending aid dependency.
"We would really like to see a cross-party debate about how to tackle the causes of poverty in order to eliminate dependency on aid and, ultimately, poverty itself."
Christian Aid estimates that tax dodging by multinational corporations alone costs developing countries some $160 billion a year – more than they receive in aid.