A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
Duncan Green, Oxfam spokesperson, said: “This G20 summit delivers a vital pick-me-up for poor countries struggling to survive the economic crisis but much more is needed to ensure their long-term recovery.
“We welcome the $1.1 trillion for global economic recovery. But we must ensure that poor countries get their fair share – that Uganda benefits as well as Ukraine. And we have deep concerns about how central the IMF has become in this crisis. The fund has been given a blank check but its reform remains no more than a promise.
“We hope that the old world of G8 meetings where developing countries were just invited for a photo opportunity is dead. Gordon Brown’s new world order must be one that works for 192 countries not just eight or 20.”