West must help Africa - Graca

2009-10-02 21:28

Somerset West - It is in Western states' interest to help reduce poverty in Africa, Nelson Mandela's wife Graca Machel said on Friday, urging European MPs to do more to help Africa meet development targets.

The world's poorest continent, where millions survive on $1 a day, has been hard hit by a global economic crisis experts fear will undermine recent progress in lessening poverty.

The crisis has also raised concerns that developed nations may not honour their aid commitments to Africa.

Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger by 2015 is one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) drawn up by the United Nations.

Mozambican-born Machel told delegates at the 25th anniversary conference of the Association of European Parliamentarians for Africa (Awepa) that it was in the developed world's interest to help Africa reduce poverty.

The developed world needs to feel "that these huge levels of poverty (are) a threat to their own security. When their interests are at risk, money can be found", she said.

Saving lives

"The message which our colleagues from Europe have to take to parliaments, to governments has to be reshaped so that it will touch the consciousness... to say we have an obligation to keep our brothers and sisters alive," Machel said.

Around 1 500 parliamentarians in Europe are members of Awepa, which has its headquarters in the Netherlands and nine African offices.

Machel acknowledged the problems facing developed nations because of the global economic crisis but said aid for better education and health cost less than bailing out the West's distressed banks.

"We need to make the message much clearer - that aid means saving lives, it's not a luxury."

Africa must also honour its own commitments to help meet the millennium development goals, Machel told the two-day gathering.

"We promised ourselves that we would spend 10% of the (national) budget for agriculture... how many African countries are allocating 10%?" Machel asked.

Read more on:    graca machel  |  poverty
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
When is a mountain more than just a mountain? 2014-12-18 07:26

When it’s an adventure! A group of Old Mutual employees found out how much is enough courage, endurance and camaraderie to take on Africa's highest peak.

/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

Summer Survey!
Great ideas for the best summer sandwiches!
Christmas lingerie to make this festive season the best one ever!
13 things you might not know about Disneyland

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

The energy today is serious, materialistic and hardworking. You may find you get a new outlook on things and you may want to spend...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.