MEMBER NEWS: Oxfam and World Vision highlight plight of world's poor at G8 summit

Photo courtesy of World Vision

DEAUVILLE - For NGOs seeking to get their voice heard at a G8 summit, staging stunts is often the most effective way to attract media coverage. There have been a few good ones this time round by several of InterAction’s members attending this year's summit in Deauville, the pretty seaside town in northern France.

On Wednesday, World Vision delivered a “maternal health” basket to the venue of a reception hosted by France’s First Lady Carla Bruni, who herself is pregnant if news reports are to be believed.

World Vision also wrote an “open letter” to G8 spouses, urging them to discuss food security issues when they enjoy the fabulous food from the Normandy region at their social and official gatherings.

In another stunt which got widespread play, Oxfam International activists posed as British Prime Minister David Cameron, U.S. President Barack Obama, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, wearing giant caricature masks at a poker table in a gambling club in Paris. The inference there is that by not fulfilling pledges in areas such as food, agricultural assistance and maternal health, G8 leaders are gambling away people’s futures.

Read more about what NGOs are doing at the G8 on InterAction's Aid Buzz blog.