Today two members of the Oxford RESULTS group joined Radio Oxford presenter Joel Hammer to discuss the upcoming Millennium Development Goal review summit and the work of the Oxford group.
Activist Dan Price spoke about how working with RESULTS empowers people and encouraged listeners: “Don’t feel disillusioned, you can make a difference.” He also movingly explained that his motivation for spending his free time working on this issue are the individuals in the developing world – the children who have to choose between earning a living and going to school or the person turned away from healthcare because they can’t afford it.
Julia Modern, RESULTS Campaigns Officer and long term member of the Oxford group, spoke about our hopes and fears for the MDG Summit. Julia praised the UK government for their continued commitment to higher levels of aid but expressed concern that other countries are using the financial crisis as an excuse to pull back.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who is representing the UK at the summit next week, must ensure that the UK leads by example, convincing other countries that we are serious about increasing our commitments to aid. Only with concrete financial pledges can we put pressure on other countries to follow our lead.
You can listen to the broadcast on BBC iPlayer for the next 7 days. Dan and Julia’s interview is from 1:09 to 1:17.