Targeting aid: including the poor and marginalised in decision-making.
In June 2010, EU member states will meet to discuss their proposals to a MDG review conference, taking place in September in New York.
Irish NGOs call on the EU member states – including Ireland – to deliver on their side of the bargain, and deliver the resources required for the “recipe”, and invest in more and better aid.
In addition, we call on rich countries to recognise that vulnerable and marginalised people must be included in development policies and programmes. The MDGs will only be achieved if the people and communities can participate actively and meaningfully in plans and programmes that affect them.
EU Ministers must take the lead in ensuring the inclusion of marginalised groups, in particular women, children and persons with disabilities, within the MDG framework.
The EU have recognised that ‘poverty reduction cannot be met without addressing the needs of people with disabilities’ (EC Guidance Note on Disability & Development, 2004). Disability is a key cause of chronic poverty with more than 80 per cent of people with disabilities in developing countries living below the poverty line.
In other words, if we want to make poverty history, it is vital that we reach the poorest and most vulnerable people. All programmes aimed at eradicating poverty must identify which groups are facing exclusion, and ensure meaningful participation of people living in poverty.
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