If Cameron is serious about hunger he and NGOs have to put tax havens at the top of their agenda

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Save the Children issued a breathy press release after the Downing Street hunger summit on Sunday saying:

Developing and rich countries, as well the private sector, agreed to commitments that will help the world tackle the scourge of childhood malnutrition which claims the lives of 300 children every hour of every day.

But today's summit was only the start of the Race Against Hunger.

Next year, with Britain's presidency of the G8, David Cameron has a historic opportunity to lead the world in delivering real change for the world's poorest children.

They're right.

Their prescription is wrong though. You don't tackle long term hunger with aid. You tackle it with systemic reform.

Most especially, right now, you tackle it by sending back to developing countries the money that is theirs that's hidden in tax havens.

Do that and they'd, in many cases, no longer be debtor nations.

That would provide more resources than anything else could to tackle hunger in these countries by releasing the resources so that they could tackle this issue, at least to some degree, themselves.

But Save the Children didn't say that. They instead praised the role of their corporate partners.

We've got a long way to go.

As has Cameron. If he's serious about hunger tax havens have to be top of his agenda at the G20. They were in 2009. I can't see him replicating that. As this year's Finance Act showed, he's a friend of tax havens. And the world will go hungry as a result.