Making poverty history
You've probably seen people sporting the white wrist bands, heard rock stars' pleas for trade justice, and spotted the banners advocating the Make Poverty History campaign. So what's it all about? Rhona MacDonald explains
You might have noticed lots of hype surrounding the Make Poverty History campaign (box 1). We will soon find out whether wearing a white band, watching one of the many Live 8 concerts, or marching the streets of Edinburgh, Scotland, on 2 July—the official Make Poverty History march—will help persuade the world's eight most powerful men to meet the demands of the campaign.
But whatever the outcome of the G8 summit (a meeting of the leaders of the world's most industrialised countries), the Make Poverty History campaign will continue for the rest of the year. But what is it all about? The key issues focus on dropping the debt, more and better aid, and trade justice.