£8m boost for local projects fighting global poverty

Linked with Department for International Development DFID annual reports.

Published on DFID, July 8, 2009.

A campaign against ‘fast fashion’, a project teaching UK schoolchildren the true cost of blood diamonds and a group using Brazilian martial arts to educate inner-city kids about global poverty are among the new projects sharing a £8.2m Government funding boost announced by Douglas Alexander today.

This year’s Development Awareness Fund (DAF) will back at least 30 new projects across the UK designed to help more people – from schoolchildren to community and faith groups – to understand poverty in the developing world and how they can join the fight against it.

The successful projects include:  

  • A project informing Asian youths in London and East Midlands about the effect cheap, disposable clothing – ‘fast fashion’ – has on the environment and workers in the developing world;
  • A website and programme of classes and workshops for schoolchildren to raise awareness of the damage done by the global trade in diamonds, gold and other valuable commodities;
  • Using capoeira, a Brazilian art-form mixing dance and martial arts, to teach schoolchildren in Hackney and other UK cities about global development.

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