In 2013 MADE joined with over 200 organisations for the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign – a historic campaign which sought to bring global hunger to the top of the agenda in 2013.
MADE & THE IF CAMPAIGN AT A GLANCE:
- Brought together a coalition of 10 Muslim organisations to work on the IF campaign including: Human Appeal International, FOSIS (Federation of Muslim Student Societies), Islamic Society of Britain, Al Maghrib Institute, Emerald Network, The City Circle, Islam Channel, London Muslim Centre and The Leaf Network
- Collected nine video messages from prominent religious leaders including Nouman Ali Khan, Shaykh Waleed Basyouni and Shaykh Akram Nadwi
- Launched the campaign by spelling out the word “IF” using prayer mats in London’s Trafalgar Square to create one of the campaign’s iconic images
- Trained 50 young campaigners who held events, lobbied their MPs, organised khutbahs,
- Co-created the Big IFast, a multifaith day of action with nearly 1000 people participating
- Worked with the Oxfam Youth Committee to create the Travelling IF video
- Worked with eight Muslim schools to deliver lessons on the IF campaign and organised for two schools to meet the Prime Minister to hand-in petitions
- Secured nearly 50 pieces of media coverage
AND HERE’S WHAT THE IF CAMPAIGN ACHIEVED:
Nutrition & aid
- The UK government made a historic commitment to spend 0.7% national income on life changing aid, making it the first G8 country to do so.
- Ahead of the G8, an additional £4.1 billion was pledged by governments and other donors to tackle malnutrition which could save the lives of almost 2 million children by 2020.
- Whilst the G8 repeated its promise to provide finance to tackle the effects of climate change, it is vital that progress is made at the UN climate talks in November.
- The G8 however missed the chance to support the small-scale farmers that feed a third of the world’s population.
Tax and transparency
- At the Trade, Transparency, and Tax summit in June, all UK tax havens committed to sign a convention which would help improve transparency.
- Huge pressure was put on the G8 to set out great ambition to tackle tax dodging which they did at the Summit – unthinkable just a few months ago. But still more work is needed to see this ambition turned into real action that will help poor countries.
- The key win in this area was getting the issue of land grabbing in developing country to the G8 agenda at all and then to be acknowledged by world leaders in the Summit’s final declaration – this wouldn’t have happened without the IF campaign.
- Justine Greening, the International Development Secretary, and the Prime Minister also recognised the fact that biofuel production should not undermine food security.
BE A COMMUNITY THAT CALLS FOR WHAT IS GOOD, URGES WHAT IS RIGHT, AND FORBIDS WHAT IS WRONG - QUR’AN 3:104