Justin Forsyth
Justin started his career with Oxfam as a Policy Adviser on South Africa during the dying days of apartheid, a cause which had been close to his heart as an activist. At Oxfam he rose through the ranks and helped build campaigns on debt cancellation, Africa, Make Trade Fair and access to medicines. In 1995 Justin went out to Washington DC to set up Oxfam International, before returning in 1999 as Policy and Campaigns Director. He helped build Oxfam as a global campaigning force.

In 2004, Justin was recruited to Number 10 by Tony Blair where he led efforts on poverty and climate change and was one of the driving forces behind the Make Poverty History campaign. He was to stay on under Gordon Brown, becoming his Strategic Communications and Campaigns Director, helping to use new communications strategies to reach the British public on a range of issues from knife crime to climate change.

Justin was appointed as Chief Executive of Save the Children in September 2010. As Chief Executive, Justin has increased the charity’s impact for children, increasing its income by over £50m per year since 2010, recruiting hundreds of thousands of new supporters, pioneering new innovative strategies for change from the humanitarian leadership academy to the No Child Born to Die campaign - enabling it to increase the number of children it reaches from 8m to 15.4m in recent years.

Entries by Justin Forsyth

Britain Must Offer Refugee Children a Better Future

(13) Comments | Posted 5 January 2016 | (23:00)

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Two children play on the railway lines in Presevo, waiting for another train to take them on the next step in their journey

A few weeks before Christmas in 1938, a party of 196 German children arrived at the UK port of...

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We Must Not Turn Our Backs on Refugees

(8) Comments | Posted 2 December 2015 | (23:00)

In my job, some of the worst news comes by phone. The call that came earlier this year to say five of our Afghan colleagues had been abducted and murdered, leaving 12 children without a dad. The ones that said the death toll from drownings in the Mediterranean had topped...

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Not Just a Piece of Paper

(2) Comments | Posted 29 September 2015 | (00:00)

Last week in New York over 160 leaders from around the world signed an agreement that will shape all of our destinies and radically change the way we tackle poverty, inequality and climate change. In more than 25 years working in international development, this is perhaps the most pivotal moment...

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World Leaders Hold Syrians' Lives in the Balance

(5) Comments | Posted 31 March 2015 | (00:00)


World leaders are gathering in Kuwait today to decide the fate of millions of people in Syria and the neighbouring countries. The Kuwait pledging conference, the third of its kind, will bring together the UN and donor governments to pledge money to help...

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The Human Cost of Ebola

(0) Comments | Posted 3 February 2015 | (09:45)

Even though the statistics are shocking it is not until you sit down with a family who have felt the full force of Ebola do you really understand the devastating human toll and long term consequences of this disease.

I met 15-year-old Joshua, a survivor, and his mother Gbassy...

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Peshawar Bombings: Every Child's Right to Education

(4) Comments | Posted 19 December 2014 | (17:04)

Every child in every country should feel safe and secure in school. No right-minded person would disagree with such a simple, fair and just idea. That is why we are all shocked and appalled by the Taliban's attack on innocent pupils in Peshawar.

But unfortunately the brutal...

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Risking a Lost Generation in the Middle East

(8) Comments | Posted 20 August 2014 | (00:00)

Across the Middle East, aid agencies are responding to an unprecedented number of deeply distressing humanitarian emergencies. At times it feels overwhelming for our teams on the ground. From Syria to Gaza and Iraq, some 11million people* have been forced to flee their homes, because of conflict and urgently need...

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Central African Republic Teeters on the Brink of Catastrophe

(1) Comments | Posted 16 December 2013 | (23:00)

I have just returned from a week in the Central African Republic (CAR). I was shocked by what I witnessed.

Dead bodies littering the streets. Children shot and injured in the fighting. Hundreds of thousands of families driven into the bush by fear, living out in the...

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Mobile Technology Starts to Ring the Changes in the Developing World

(3) Comments | Posted 6 December 2012 | (23:00)

Power is literally in the hands of the people. Ordinary men, women and children are texting, tweeting, photographing and filming, all from a mobile device.

So remarkable has been the sheer volume of information - material that conventional journalism would never have been able to produce - that it's been...

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Aid - A UK Success Story That the British Public Should Be Proud Of

(13) Comments | Posted 5 December 2012 | (09:04)

No one is expecting today's Autumn Statement to bring much in the way of Christmas cheer. However, one good story is the remarkable progress of British aid and what it is achieving for the world's poorest children. A story that is seldom told. A story that the British public should...

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A Tale of Two Cities

(1) Comments | Posted 26 November 2012 | (23:00)

With the world turning its attention away from the violence in Gaza, back to the turmoil in Syria and the rising floodwater here in the UK, there's not much room left for the beleaguered country I've just returned from.

Hunger, war, and drought have turned this nation in the Horn...

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Aid Under Attack

(29) Comments | Posted 25 September 2012 | (16:37)

Something really momentous happened last week. Something that the whole world should be celebrating. We found out that there had been the biggest fall in history in the numbers of children dying from easily preventable diseases or from simply not having enough decent food to eat. Put simply, there are...

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Sitan's Race Against Hunger

(3) Comments | Posted 24 July 2012 | (00:00)

Eight-year-old Sitan was lying on a rattan mat outside her family's house shading herself from the baking midday sun. Years of malnutrition had left this eight-year-old looking more like a little girl of four. Worse, she could barely move and was virtually silent. She, like many millions of children across...

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Shout of Africa

(1) Comments | Posted 16 April 2012 | (10:30)

As the clouds gathered over the small village house in the Liberian bush early on Tuesday morning where John Humphrys was preparing to co-anchor the Today programme, little could he have known that a Twitter Storm was about to rain down on his head.

BBC radio's flagship had chosen to...

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Time for Change at the Top: Why the Next President of the World Bank Must Put Poor People First

(0) Comments | Posted 13 April 2012 | (15:00)

Since the formation of the World Bank in 1944, a gentlemen's agreement has been in place that gifts the presidency to an American citizen, just as a European traditionally takes the helm of the International Monetary Fund. On Monday, the Bank's Executive Board will decide who will replace current President,...

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Children in Niger Need Urgent Help

(1) Comments | Posted 14 March 2012 | (12:11)

The UK government has just announced an extra £5m for the food crisis in West Africa. The money will help a provide food, water and medical supplies for 115,000 people in the crisis-hit region. This is very welcome news. I was in Niger last week and met families who are...

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The Poorest Must Not Pay the Heaviest Price

(6) Comments | Posted 13 March 2012 | (09:40)

Rachel works 22 hours a week in a pharmacy but after rent, bills and childcare she often has only £10 left for food and other household essentials for her and her two-year old son Luca.

She skips her own meals to be able to give food to Luca, and...

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The Fight Against Syphilis

(3) Comments | Posted 1 March 2012 | (04:00)

The greatest tragedy is surely for a mother to bury her child. But imagine the grief of passing on a deadly disease to your child - and being powerless to stop it? An estimated one million babies die every year from congenital syphilis - deaths that could be prevented by...

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Hope and Heroes in Afghanistan

(0) Comments | Posted 14 February 2012 | (23:00)

Doctors and nurses rushed to a bed in Khulm District Hospital as little Ahmadullah fought for his life. Only four days old and ill with neo-natal sepsis, a potentially fatal blood infection - it was going to be touch and go whether he lived.

The head doctor...

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Why Borgen Mirrors Real Life Pressure on Governments to Cut Overseas Aid

(3) Comments | Posted 22 January 2012 | (23:00)

A prime minister under pressure. A coalition government rebelling over whether money should be spent on a granddad at home or a 'bloke from Somalia' instead. A key finance bill is at stake. Deals are quickly made and unmade, alliances forged and broken, with an ever more pressing deadline that...

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