North East Call to Action on Global Poverty and Climate Change
North East Call to Action on Global Poverty and Climate Change

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Who we are

During 2005, many organisations - including aid and development agencies, faith groups, trade unions, etc, - came together under an umbrella organisation called MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY. Much campaigning was done in 2005 to persuade our government, and the governments of other richer countries, to act to alleviate global poverty.

During 2005, local groups throughout the country supported the aims and activities of the national MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY campaign. A group emerged in the North East which consisted of individuals and representatives from various organisations. This group co-ordinated various events and campaigns throughout 2005.

The national MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY organisation was only designed to run for the year 2005 and has now formally ceased operations. You can read an evaluation report about the national campaign of 2005. However, the group in the North East decided to continue to meet and act for the foreseeable future.

Prior to September 2010 we were known as MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY North East. In September 2010 our name was changed to North East Call to Action on Global Poverty and Climate Change (NE-CAP)

One main reason why the name was changed was because memories in the general publicís mind of the national 2005 campaign called MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY seem to be fading and the term MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY North East may be confused by some people to mean that we aim to act against poverty in the North East of England.

However, NE-CAP continues to promote the aims and activities of the national MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY campaign that formally disbanded in 2006. That is, we call upon people in the North East - from Tees to Tweed - to join us in demanding that our government, and indeed the governments of the world, should act to alleviate poverty for the world's poorer countries by:

  • Trade justice
  • Dropping the debt
  • Providing more and better aid
  • Curbing climate change
  • Promoting Fairtrade

Why not get involved?

The committee of NE-CAP is made up of individuals, some of whom represent local branches of aid agencies, development agencies, and similar organisations. Currently, the following organisations are represented on the committee, but we stress that anyone or any organisation that shares our aims is welcome to join us.

Christian Aid
Jubilee Debt Campaign at Newcastle University
Justice and Peace

All members of the committee, and all activists, campaigners and supporters are volunteers and receive no payment from NE-CAP.

"For the first time in human history, we have the means to end absolute poverty throughout the world. The only question is whether or not we have the will. MAKE POVERTYHISTORY is a heroic attempt to generate the will that is essential for this most important task of the 21st Century.
Professor Tony Campolo in a message to North East campaigners, March 2005