The domino effect of the recession is hitting the poorest countries hard, robbing people of their ability to progress and in some cases survive. Those who are least to blame for the economic crisis are suffering most because of it – and find it harder than ever to earn a living as they feel the effects of climate change. In these circumstances, giving aid is not a question of goodwill – it is a moral imperative.
These are difficult times and the economic storm continues, but Britain has held its nerve. Now it needs to get its wealthy peers, France, Italy and other members of the G8 meeting this weekend in Muskoka, Canada, to do likewise, and proudly support the poorest at their time of greatest need.