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Whether online or on the street, GCAP Germany --´Deine Stimme Gegen Armut´ or ´Your Voice Against Poverty´ - is on message: as long as world poverty exists, we must not stop making noise and campaign for a good standard of living for all.

Having committed to “Leave No One Behind”, we are vocal in our efforts to tackle the growing gap between rich and poor both at home and abroad, writes GCAP Germany's Max Beckmann.


The promise of a living wage, basic social security and welfare benefits would protect employees from falling into the poverty trap.

But here in Germany, one in four people earn less than 9,15 euros per hour – barely enough to provide basic necessities for themselves and their families. Globally, more than a quarter of all workers are denied a decent income.

GCAP Germany: "The Right to Food should not be a game of chance"

As the European Union debates a new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) whose impact will be felt across the globe, GCAP Germany has presented its government with a petition calling on the EU to enshrine the Right to Food in its policies.

More than 14,000 people signed the petition, which was presented to German Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner.

"Europe's agricultural subsidies and export policies undercut local products – particularly of milk and meat -- in other countries, depriving farmers and traders in Africa and elsewhere of their livelihoods," says Anke Scheid of GCAP's German national coalition, Deine Stimme Gegen Armut which means "Your Voice Against Poverty".

GCAP Germany presents Right to Food petition

Invitation: Contribute To Global Perspectives 2011: Share Your Story

The Berlin Civil Society Center Together With GCAP Present Global Perspectives 2011, The International CSO Leaders' Forum

Share Your Story About the Global Power Shift

A Snapshot of The World We Want Report From GCAP Germany

GCAP Germany 2011: Raise the stakes, defeat poverty

Political background

Civil G8 presents its demands to G8 Sherpas

While the G8 Sherpas listened, civil society representatives gathered at Rome for the Civil G8 outlined our demands and questions for the upcoming G8 meeting. Press the G8!

Civil Society representatives gathered in Rome to finalise a set of demands and questions for the upcoming meeting of the G8 in Italy in July. They met with G8 Sherpas on the last day and presented them with demands and questions focusing on the following five areas:

Road to Copenhagen: Blogging from Bonn

In 2002, I stood on the banks of the Yellow River in China holding an undernourished, scrawny animal that had just been passed to me by an aging goat herder. The herder told me how the river, proudly known as the ‘Mother of China’ by locals, had in recent years dried up to become little more than a trickle. For the farmers and labourers in this part of China, a changing climate is a terrible reality destroying their livelihoods, and lives. As I left to return to Kaifeng, the city in which I was living, he said something which has stayed with me ever since. ‘They listen to you he said,’ talking about the people who have caused this mess and the leaders who can help to solve it and who have the money to help farmers like him to adapt. ‘Please make them listen, please do something.’

Fast forward seven years and I sit in a five star hotel in Bonn, Germany, surrounded by thousands of well-off, well-educated representatives of governments, business and civil society. In December these same people, along with Heads of State will meet in Copnehagen by which time they have committed that an agreement will be made to tackle the worst consequences of climate change. Yet, the gap between these meetings and the reality of the problem is appalling. Government after Government prefers to play a game of brinkmanship waiting for someone else to blink first. There is no leadership, no bravery, noone willing to jump first in the hope that others will follow. Earlier this week in London, there was a similar lack of leadership as the G20 summit passed with barely a recognition of the climate crisis. T

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