A trip to the dentist, a latrine and a night in a malnutrition ward. Sound like the world’s worst Christmas presents? Not according to figures released today by Present Aid, the ethical gift shop for charity Christian Aid.
A high level United Nations conference in Doha has proved a lost opportunity for instituting reforms to the global financial system to help poor countries, say leading development agencies Christian Aid and ActionAid.
Christian Aid says poor countries should be able to use their own wealth and resources to help them overcome poverty, and is urging people to pressure PM Gordon Brown to end tax loopholes that undermine this possibility.
Development organisations are distributing emergency food aid, bottled water and hygiene kits to thousands of Honduran families who have been forced to flee their homes after nearly three weeks of torrential rain.