Economic interests generally rank high among states' priorities. This has fatal consequences for people in fragile states: who will exert their influence to reduce hunger and poverty if not the government? This is where development cooperation should include advocacy work, to raise political awareness of problems at a national and international level, and to call for action.
Who is Advocacy Addressed to?
This work focuses on respect for human rights and strengthening civil society, to promote good governance and exert a positive influence on political crises. It uses tools ranging from analysis to awareness raising, to give people in countries of the Global South a voice and to call for provision of funds. Advocacy is addressed to:
Sustainable Goals and Funding for Implementation
As hunger is caused by the interplay of many factors, it can only be overcome through global cooperation. To this end the United Nations produced 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Welthungerhilfe believes that Zero Hunger by 2030 is the most important of these. To achieve this goal there must be transparency regarding the progress of Germany policy, and efficient development funding.
The Movement of Refugees Affects Everyone
There are limits to what individual countries can do when it comes to flight and migration. This is where international political actors such as the EU or the UN are needed. The causes of flight should be dealt with through fair-trade relations, fair financial, economic and environmental policy, and strategies for conflict prevention.
Grass Roots Strength: Giving Civil Society a Voice
Civil society is under pressure in many states. Economic and autocratic interests prevent large minorities or the entire population from participating or expressing themselves, in some cases threatening their very survival. Advocacy work supports suppressed or marginalised groups in society, so they can act as an independent community to demand that the government respect their human right to food. This includes fairness in national agricultural trade and in international economic agreements.