10 May 2013Dear Prime Minister,On behalf of the IF campaign, a campaign of almost 200 members organisations, we want to thank you foryour leadership on development. Expectations are high for the summer, as the UK hosts the G8 Presidencyand the two pre-summit events.As we discussed
when we met with you recently we welcome the government’s response to our campaign to
date. Putting the issue of tax dodging (a key drain on the resources of developing country governments),nutrition and land rights on the G8 agenda and honouring the 0.7% aid promise are critical steps forward.We do believe that more progress is needed in three key areas, and that the time has come to translatewords into bold action.Firstly, the level of ambition for your Nutrition for Growth event on the 8
of June. This event could be aturning point. At least one third of all child deaths are attributable to malnutrition, but despite this only0.37% of aid globally is spent directly tackling the problem. We welcome the target of reducing the numberof stunted children by twenty million by 2020 as an important step towards elimination of this condition that
is causing irreversible damage, both to children’s lives and to countries’ development.
But we are worriedthat without the necessary financing this commitment will ring hollow. As far as we are aware there has notbeen anything like enough outreach to other donors and developing countries to make this targetachievable. We still have over a month left to fix that, but would encourage you personally to make the
necessary calls to get us back on track. We mustn’t squander this opportunity.
Secondly, we’d urge you to ensure that the G8 publishes a clear, timed plan of how poor developingcountries will benefit from any G8 tax agreement. Getting the UK’s own h
ouse in order ahead of the G8
Leaders’ Summit is an essential step towards this. This would require that the UK’s Crown Dependencies and
Overseas Territories sign the existing Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in TaxMatters immediately and in advance of the G8. At the G8 they should