About us Latest News What impact will the EU referendum have on international development? Andre Nsengiyumva, Send a Cow's Director in Rwanda and Burundi, wonders about the effect of the EU referendum results on international development: Here in Rwanda and Burundi, we greeted the news of the EU referendum in the UK with confusion. Skype calls with my colleagues in Bath that morning revealed that they were also concerned. What will this vote mean for Britain? And what about for Africa? Because it certainly will have an effect on Africa. We are all global neighbours now. I have always found the UK to be a welcoming and outward looking country. On my visits, I have been treated with friendliness and respect. It is therefore sad to hear of social divisions surfacing and worsening in the UK. This is especially pertinent as British generosity and compassion have been vital in helping to strengthen divided communities in both my adopted country, Rwanda, and now my home country, Burundi. Most immediately, we are concerned that Brexit could lead to a financially poorer UK, and therefore a drop in donations to Send a Cow and other international development programmes. If the value of sterling falls, those donations will not go as far in Africa. Plus, the EU itself is a source of funding for international development projects (although currently, Send a Cow receives EU funding only in Lesotho). But most of all, we at Send a Cow hope fervently that, whatever political settlement is now reached, the government and the people of the UK will not turn their backs on the world. All of us the world over must work together for our common good. Efforts to tackle poverty, halt the effects of climate change, and build global peace and security have a chance only if we all pull together. Unless we build thriving communities back home, many young Africans will continue to risk life and limb to seek more stable futures in other countries. Partnership is the way forward, and the UK and Europe have a vital role to play. To quote the late Jo Cox MP, a champion of international development: we have more in common than that which divides us.