JOA firmly believes that:
- It is our moral duty to care about other people and to help them help themselves;
- It is our duty to our children and grandchildren to address issues of poverty which may in the long term threaten global security;
- It is the States’ duty to meet existing international obligations. Jersey is a signatory to Agenda 21, committing us to reaching a target of overseas aid funding which is comparable with that of other nation states.
The great need for overseas aid is illustrated by the following:
- 836 million people still live in extreme poverty.
- Globally, one in nine people in the world today (795 million) are undernourished. Every day, 8,500 children under 5 die from poor nutrition.
- 1.4 billion people have no access to electricity worldwide – most of whom live in rural areas of the developing world.
- 103 million young people (aged 15-24) worldwide lack basic reading and writing skills. More than 60% of these are women.
- 2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services, such as toilets or latrines.
- 663 million people remain without access to an improved source of drinking water.