THURSDAY 18th JUNE 2020



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.

Our goal is to raise $10,000 dollars for AID/WATCH's 
ongoing work which includes:



AID TALKS WEBINARS

AID/WATCH has partnered with Reality of Aid-Asia Pacific to co-host a bi-monthly webinar series discussing the most pressing issues on aid and development cooperation today and the critical issues surrounding it. The first Aid Talks webinar The Fragile Case of COVID-19, Call to Cancel External Debt in the Asia Pacific was a successfully attended by 80 people with speakers from The New Humanitarian, Arab NGO Network for Development, OECD and Aid/Watch.

We invite you to our next Aid Talks Webinar

Cancel Debt in Asia Pacific to Tackle Covid-19 Health and Economic Crisis
Thursday 25 June, 6:00 pm AEST
Register here: https://bit.ly/AidTalks_CancelDebt

We hope you will join us!



MINING & COVID-19

The COVID pandemic has severely affected the global economy and public health. The global mining industry is one of the most affected industrial sectors, however, the big mining corporations - especially those in the Top 50  - have persisted to continue their operation and aggressiveness in the extraction of the worlds mineral resources at the expense of people’s rights and health, workers’ safety, and the environment. Aid/Watch is part of a global network that has been monitoring the mining industry and states that are profiting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the resistance to it, this has included:



AN AUSTRALIAN CIVIL SOCIETY
RESPONSE TO INTERNATIONAL
ASPECTS OF THE COVID-19 CRISIS

Aid/Watch has been building a coalition with Jubilee Australia, Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA, ACTU, Oxfam, AFTINET, Tax-Justice Network, ActionAid, IWDA to bring a unified voice to important global justice issues in COVID-times. This has included:


All donations over $2 are fully tax-deductible! If everyone donated $10 we would reach our goal of $10,000!

We deeply appreciate your interest, time, donations and membership over these years when AID/WATCH has been most vulnerable to its survival.

We can’t thank you enough for your support towards AID/WATCH’s research, advocacy and campaigns to expose bad aid and in calling for a new aid agenda founded on economic, social, environmental, and climate justice.


Yours sincerely,

Natalie Lowrey, 
Campaign Coordinator

Mara Bonacci
Research Coordinator

James Goodman, 
Chair

 



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