Christian Aid Says Theresa May’s Plan For Helping Africa Is ‘Badly Flawed’

Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to Chinese President Xi Jinping sat opposite her as they hold a bilateral meeting during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. (Matt Cardy/PA Wire)

A Christian charity said Theresa May’s G20 Africa announcement ignores the real demands of Africans.

Theresa May revealed a new insurance deal at the summit in Hamburg that will help Africa when humanitarian disasters strikes and secure £60 million to help Africa integrate into global financial markets.

However, Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid’s international climate lead, said the plan is “badly flawed because it makes no mention of climate change”.

He said: “Africa is suffering climate impacts, not least economically, that it did not cause. Africa’s poorest people are among the worst hit by impacts such as the horrendous famine across East Africa.

“Just a few weeks ago African leaders affirmed their support for growing their economies sustainably, and called on rich countries to make good on their promises of support and finance.”

While Adow admitted the plan “looks like a generous offer”, he said it won’t truly help Africa unless it develops “clean jobs that the poorest can access”. He added that future jobs and infrastructure adapting to climate change should have been at the heart of the UK’s announcement.

Theresa May said the protection scheme will be a quicker, more reliable and cost-effective way of dealing with catastrophes like floods and droughts.

Around £30 million of UK aid funding will be used for the scheme over the next four years. Her idea is that boosting prosperity will help curb migration and stop people becoming radicalised by lifting millions out of poverty

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SOURCE: Premier
Tola Mbakwe 

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