TORONTO, April 29, 2013 /CNW/ - World Vision's senior director of policy and advocacy Elly Vandenberg said:
"World Vision welcomes this promised legislation that merges CIDA and DFAIT because it reaffirms Canada's commitment to poverty reduction. Responding to the needs and aspirations of the most vulnerable children and families around the world is an expression of Canadian values and generosity."
"With poverty reduction being enshrined in law, we expect the Government of Canada will make the needs of the poor its central concern and humanitarian assistance will be delivered free from any political, military or economic objectives, in line with humanitarian principles."
"Poverty isn't simply defined by monetary metrics—it's also about broken relationships, abuse, neglect and poor health. Responding to poverty is not just about investing in economic growth, but about investing in wellbeing by providing things like health care, education and clean, safe water. It's about investing in communities, and making sure these communities are safe, especially for children, who are the most vulnerable to abuse, neglect and violence."
"We know, at times, our trade, diplomacy and development objectives will align, but sometimes the kind of investments required to address poverty will not help our trade agenda. Over the long term, investing in development will help to improve economies and in turn global prosperity."
"A good example is education. Barriers to education include discrimination, a lack of trained teachers, school fees and dangers of violence at school. Removing these barriers requires targeted development investments, which may or may not be coupled with trade and diplomatic objectives. However, investing in education is worth it. It alleviates poverty by enhancing knowledge of rights, improving health, challenging discrimination and helping children to realize their full potential."
"We eagerly await the details of Canada's development agenda moving forward."
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SOURCE: World Vision Canada
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