Grahame Morris MP

Member of Parliament for Easington

Meeting with the Charities Aid Foundation at conference

October 4, 2017 Press Releases 0

Grahame Morris, Member of Parliament for Easington attended the Charities Aid Foundation’s ‘soft power station’ at the Labour Party Conference recently to discuss the role that the UK’s soft power can have in amplifying global civil society. 

CAF recently published a report which explores the potential impact that the UK Government could generate by investing in civil society infrastructure across the world as part of our international development work.

Their report highlighted that if people in the growing global middle class – set to increase by 2.4 billion by 2030 – give 0.5% of their income to charity it could generate $319 billion in donations towards civil society organisations annually.

However, the potential for unlocking this new source of generosity is hampered by low levels of giving in emerging economies, a history of public distrust of charities and other barriers that prevent the kind of thriving civil society that contributes so much to life in the UK. We can overcome these barriers by putting in place the infrastructure needed to empower people to use their resources to create change.

Campaigns Manager Steve Clapperton at CAF, said “Investing in global civil society infrastructure could unleash a culture of giving across the world that unlocks billions to tackle the challenges that we face. We want the Government to make growing civil society infrastructure a core part of our international engagement and were delighted to talk to Grahame about how we can use our soft power to create a groundwork for growing giving across the globe”

For more information about the work of the Charities Aid Foundation, please contact Ashleigh Milson on 03000123292 or