Hold your government and politicians accountable to aid pledges and political promises by writing letters to your local Member of Parliament or parliamentary representative. Use your voice to urge government leaders to make international humanitarian assistance and the resolution of violent conflicts their top priority. DONARE has compiled some information for you on how to contact your representative or senator in the Unites States, your local MP in the United Kingdom or the Members of European Parliament (MEPs) in your country.
If you are U.S. resident, contact your district representative or state senator. You can get in touch with your congressman or congresswoman and senator via email or writing a letter to one of their postal mailing addresses.
- House.gov: Directory of Representatives: You can lookup by state and congressional district or last name. The directory lists web sites and phone numbers. You can also phone you representative. The directory will take you to representative's web sites, which usually have contact information: email, mailing addresses and phone numbers.
- House.gov: Find your Representative: Not sure of your congressional district or who your member is? This service will assist you by matching your ZIP code to your congressional district. The service offers links to your member's website and contact page. Please note: There is no central listing of email addresses.
- Senate.gov: Contacting U.S. Senators: If you are unsure, lookup your senator first. Please note: There is no central listing of email addresses. Please be aware: Many senators will not respond to a message from another senator's constituent.
- Senate.gov: Senators Phone List: You can also phone you senator.
If you are resident of the United Kingdom, write to your local MP. This can be one way to lobby the British government, to stop cutting humanitarian aid. You can get in touch with your local MP via email or writing a letter to their constituency or parliamentary address. You can also phone you MP. Writing is perhaps the best method, as it provides a written record that can be referred to later.
- Parliament.uk: Contact your MP: Instructions on how to get in touch
- Parliament.uk: Find you MP: If you are unsure, lookup your member of parliament first.
- The Directory of MPs also list websites and social media of MPs.
- If you wish to find out which MPs take a special interest in a particular topic you can check the Register of All-Party Groups to see if there is a relevant group and find out which MPs have joined. You can also contact the chair of the group.
If you are resident of the European Union, you can write to Members of European Parliament. You can get in touch with MEPs via email or writing a letter to one oft their parliamentary addresses. You can also phone your MEPs. Writing is perhaps the best method, as it provides a written record that can be referred to later.
- Lookup members of parliament first: You can find Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) by country, name or political group.
- The Directory of European Parliament Members also list websites and social media of MPs.
- If you want to find out which Members are particularly interested in foreign policy issues, you can look on the following page: Members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Within Parliament, humanitarian aid falls within the remit of the Committee on Development (DEVE).