Dear Aid/Watch Supporter,
What a year it has been!
Last year we saw the debate about world development undergoing a dramatic transformation. The climate crisis we face created a global wave of unprecedented mobilisation led by an ardent global climate youth movement. New types of leadership and organisation emerged, and hundreds of thousands of peaceful protesters spilt onto the streets. At the same time, demands for transformed climate policy in the form of a Green New Deal gained traction in a variety of contexts.
With these positive steps forward 2019 ended with a global wave of forest fires and flooding that underlined the absolute need to develop new ways to address the growing economic, social, environmental, and climate crisis we currently live in.
Now after weeks of physical distancing and lockdown, the COVID-19 pandemic is widely predicted to reverse development prospects across the globe, especially amongst the most vulnerable low-income groups, and in societies already hollowed-out by neoliberalism or military conflict. We anticipate an urgent need to completely reorientate not just aid and development policies but also the wider structures of the global economy.
In this context of a climate crisis, COVID-19 pandemic and the very recent global uprising for racial justice and equity AID/WATCH has been adapting our existing mandates to focus on the immediate and pressing question of a post-COVID Global Justice Reset.