Justin Byworth
Justin has worked in international development for over 20 years with international children’s charity World Vision in a wide range of roles in Asia, Africa and the UK. He is currently Chief Executive for World Vision UK overseeing strategy, direction and performance towards their mission of ‘inspiring the UK to action to transform the lives of the world’s poorest children’. World Vision UK is a significant member of the global World Vision Partnership, the world’s largest private humanitarian, development and advocacy organisation with unparalleled grassroots presence and global reach in 96 countries.

Justin was previously International Programmes Director at WVUK, where he oversaw relations with partners, government and funding and technical support to humanitarian and development programmes worldwide. Justin spent eight years in Cambodia managing humanitarian and development programmes, including four years as World Vision’s National Director there. This followed previous roles in Mauritania and supporting partners in India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. After Cambodia, Justin worked with World Vision International on Development policy, programmes, monitoring and evaluation. Justin’s areas of interest and expertise include leadership and Organisational Development, faith and development, and the effectiveness and accountability of humanitarian and development programmes.

A graduate in ecology from University College, London and a published writer, Justin is married to Mischka, (a psychotherapeutic counsellor at Oxford University) with four children (Caitlin & Joshua young adults, Maia 12, and Luke 9) and lives near Oxford. He is an active member of his local church, keen mountain walker, runner and football supporter.

Entries by Justin Byworth

Almost Four Years on, One Syrian Family's Painful Testimony on Life as a Refugee in Jordan

(0) Comments | Posted 10 March 2014 | (23:00)


Three years ago, a group of school-children scrawled political graffiti on a wall in the remote Syrian town of Daraa. Their subsequent arrest and torture was the spark that ignited the civil war now ravaging Syria and devastating the lives of...

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Starvation Is a War Crime - The World's Message to Parties of the Syria Conflict

(13) Comments | Posted 22 January 2014 | (23:00)

"If you can't stop the war then at least send us steel shelters so children have somewhere to hide, and send us some food so that people don't starve. The children in Syria are so hungry they are eating mud."

These are the stark words of 12-year-old Syrian refugee Zeina...

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A Tale of Two Catastrophes

(0) Comments | Posted 3 December 2013 | (23:00)

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Dickens' famous opening seems to fit these last three weeks with the joys and woes of working in a humanitarian organisation responding to catastrophes.

The world is currently at the grip of two devastating crises. Disasters that have...

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Did We Get the Millennium Development Goals Wrong?

(1) Comments | Posted 16 May 2013 | (17:04)

Along the mighty Indus river in Pakistan's most sourthern province, Sindh, I met one-year-old Daim at a mobile health post. He was possibly the most malnourished child I've ever seen in the 20 plus years I have spent working with World Vision. He was weak, distressed, crying without ceasing. As...

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Post 2015: No-one Should Be Left Behind

(0) Comments | Posted 30 January 2013 | (09:58)

A child's right to protection is everything - and the Millennium Development Goals, agreed at the turn of the century with ambitious development targets for 2015, have achieved much we should be proud of.

The MDGs focused the international community and galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the...

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Enough Food for Everyone IF: The Scandal of Hunger in the Congo

(0) Comments | Posted 24 January 2013 | (13:38)

"I have to go to the bush to collect firewood we can sell - but it's dangerous, I could easily be raped."

For Mwamini, the threat is real. She has already lost one of her four children while fleeing through the forest in terror after a rebel...

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Middle East Reflections

(0) Comments | Posted 7 December 2012 | (09:31)

It's been a fascinating week immersed in the complexity of the Middle East. One that illustrates vividly the heartache and the joy of working with World Vision. As the United Nations General Assembly voted to give Palestine non-voting observer status, I was meeting with a group of extraordinary Palestinian children...

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We Told Her the Bombing Was Balloons Popping - A Mother's Heartbreak in Lebanon

(0) Comments | Posted 27 November 2012 | (09:46)

I don't know how I'd feel to have my life turned completely upside down. To go from educated, middle class respectability to life as a refugee utterly dependent on the goodwill of others - for shelter, warmth and survival. To lose any sense of what the future holds.

I'm currently...

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No Mere 'Talking Shop' - the High Level Panel Could Save Children's Lives

(1) Comments | Posted 30 October 2012 | (23:43)

As David Cameron welcomes global leaders and policy experts from around the world to London this week (31 Oct-2 Nov) to help shape what comes after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), it is a good time to take stock of what has been achieved so far......

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Defending Aid Should Not Be Hard Sell for New Development Secretary

(8) Comments | Posted 11 October 2012 | (00:00)

Delegates at the Tory Party conference heard some impressive statistics this morning. Among them, aid has helped stop a quarter of a million newborn babies dying needlessly. A further 11million children now have access to permanent schooling.

Justine Greening, the new development secretary, was setting out her stall for...

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Witchcraft Accusations: When Beliefs Cross the Line

(9) Comments | Posted 18 August 2012 | (00:00)

We've seen the troubling issue of violence against children accused of witchcraft back in the headlines this week, as the UK Government launches an action plan to tackle it.

Charities like ours see every day how the stigma of such accusations, made in one short moment, can...

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Life and Death for Afghanistan's Children

(1) Comments | Posted 4 May 2012 | (00:00)

As the world focuses on Afghanistan today; President Obama's historic visit and discussions about the future of the country, the scene that we witnessed unfolding inside the little neonatal unit at the provincial hospital this morning runs in freeze frame through my head. Two empty incubators across the room. On...

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