NGOs: Don’t divert scarce development aid budgets to cover security and defense costs

A coalition of organizations including BOND, Dochas, Global Citizen, Eurodad, ONE, Oxfam and Save the Children are calling on leaders to make sure the choices they make on aid in the coming months do not mean the poorest people lose out on vital public services like education or healthcare.

The coalition strongly urges European leaders to:

  • Ensure that the definition of what can be counted as Official Development Assistance (ODA), does not include any defense and security costs or in-country refugee costs.

  • Include developing countries and non-governmental organizations in the process of modernizing ODA.

  • Ensure that refugees are afforded the protection they need.

The world’s poorest should not pay for the security and defense of Europe