Protecting international aid
RESULTS has spoken out about the recently-announced merger of DFID with the Foreign Office, which we believe will harm the UK’s ability to focus its development efforts on the world’s poorest and most marginalised people. Now is a vital time to contact your MP to ensure that aid spending is effectively scrutinised in future. Or why not share this email action with your family and friends?
The Global Fund’s fight against COVID
Thanks to campaigners from Macclesfield, London, Edinburgh, Bristol, Sheffield, Stort Valley and Poole for letting us know you’ve reached out to your MPs on the subject of ensuring the Global Fund has the resources it needs to address the COVID-19 pandemic in developing countries. It's vital that this new health threat does not detract from the ongoing fight against AIDS, TB and malaria.
On our June grassroots conference call on this topic, we heard from STOPAIDS Executive Director Mike Podmore (pictured above) about why additional funding will be needed. You can see the call recording here.
A busy month for the Brighton group
A big shout out to the Brighton group who recently met with their MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle to discuss the future of UK aid and funding for the Global Fund’s COVID-19 Response Mechanism – great to hear that he has written to DFID’s Secretary of State on your behalf and will be submitting parliamentary questions on both matters.
Ioasia and Sidonie from the Brighton Group meet with their MP via Zoom
Ellena, RESULTS Brighton’s new group leader, has also been working on a session plan for Brighton’s Covidarity Festival, happening virtually on 25-26 July. The festival will explore online activism and art, with a focus on connecting and sharing local stories. The group is planning a presentation and Q&A on COVID, health systems and how to get involved in campaigning. Like the event’s Facebook page for updates!
Solidary, hope and resilience: The RESULTS International Conference
The RESULTS International Conference (20-21 June) was a powerful celebration of 40 years of advocacy on international development, with some 800 attendees from over 20 countries. Coming at a time when the Black Lives Matter movement shows how racism and poverty are intertwined, we heard how anti-poverty campaigners must also tackle the oppression that perpetuates poverty and inequality around the world. We also explored the disruption caused by COVID-19: not just how to recover from it, but also how to get to a more equal world free from poverty.
Screenshot from the International Grassroots ‘Open Caucus’ session
You can read our blog about the conference here, and check in on the recordings of powerful speeches from global figures such as Professor Muhammad Yunus and WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Following the conference, the RESULTS Advocacy Week (22-25 June) saw advocates around the world share their advocacy on this Twitter Wall using the hashtag #Voices4RESULTS.
National Volunteers Week 2020
In honour of National Volunteer Week (1-5 June), we asked Ricci and Karen from RESULTS Macclesfield (pictured above) to tell us a bit about what they’ve been up to recently and what motivates them to do advocacy in their free time. Check out their blog and video here.
We also posted a blog from Lucky Soglo, who is a Youth Leader for Health based in Ghana, who wrote from the heart about his recent experiences of doing advocacy in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lucky Soglo at the Youth Leaders for Health training in Addis Ababa back in January
Apply to join our Board of Trustees!
If you are someone with a good understanding of what it means to campaign with RESULTS, and can represent the grassroots network on our Board of Trustees, then do consider putting yourself forward for the role of Grassroots Trustee. It's a great opportunity to help steer the strategic direction of our organisation. If you are interested, please read the Role Description and nominate yourself by applying with a CV and brief covering letter before 17 July. Elections will be held thereafter, giving the network the final say on who will represent them.
Thank you for all your support for RESULTS campaigns!