As Congress worked to pass a budget for 2011, it often seemed like nothing would escape funding cuts, including vitally important programs fighting poverty in the developing world. But on Friday, April 15th, President Obama signed a final budget in to law that, thanks to the voices of activists like you, contained nearly all the key funding for these life-saving programs.
This is a huge victory in the fight against global poverty, only possible by activists everywhere making it clear that these were budget cuts the world could not afford. More than 13,000 Care2 members signed a petition asking the U.S. Senate to keep this vitally important funding, and in the end the Senate listened.
The funding continued in the 2011 budget will help fund testing to fight the spread of HIV, will continue programs to distribute bed nets and fight malaria and further numerous other efforts to save lives and fight poverty worldwide.
The ONE campaign put together this breakdown of funding for key programs in the new budget:
- The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria — no cut, funded at $1.05 billion.
- The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) — no cut, funded at $4.6 billion.
- Feed the Future Initiative (agriculture) (bilateral) — no cut, funded at about $813 million.
- Feed the Future Initiative (agriculture) (multilateral) — received $100 million appropriation for the first time.
- Development Assistance — no cut, at FY10 level of $2.5 billion (contains ag, ed, microfinance, water, etc).
- GAVI – hard to determine, but most likely to be flat at $78 million, perhaps better.
- World Bank IDA — no cut, at $1.235 billion.
This is not the end of the fight to keep funding for anti-poverty issues. Politicians will continue to try to make dangerous cuts to these and other important programs.
With the approaching presidential election, the budget for 2012 will almost certainly be even more contentious than this year. But the continued funding for anti-poverty programs this year proves that when we work together, we can win great victories and help save millions of lives in the developing world.
Thank you for your support!
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