Melanie Ward
Melanie Ward is an anti-poverty campaigner and Labour Party activist who lives in Fife, Scotland.

Melanie has worked for some of the UK’s biggest international poverty charities including Christian Aid and ActionAid, where she campaigned against tax dodging and for women’s rights. She has also worked as a human rights observer in the Middle East. Melanie is a former President of the National Union of Students Scotland. She has a degree from the University of Stirling and a Masters in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. She tweets @melanie_ward.

Entries by Melanie Ward

Lobbying Bill Is a Pernicious Attack on Our Freedoms

(1) Comments | Posted 14 January 2014 | (23:00)

When the British public think about international poverty charities such as ActionAid, they immediately think about organisations that hand out food, shelter, medicine and other supplies in times of emergency, such as those we witnessed last year in the Philippines and the ongoing crisis in Syria....

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Tax Dodging and Global Poverty: What the G8 Must Deliver

(1) Comments | Posted 17 June 2013 | (13:44)

Over the next two days leaders of the G8, the world's eight richest countries, will meet to discuss reforming the global tax system. Over these 48 hours, developing countries will lose £1.4billion to tax dodging. I'm in Northern Ireland with some of my ActionAid colleagues including Pamela Chisanga, Director of...

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The G8: Burning Enough Food to Feed Half the World's Hungry

(0) Comments | Posted 28 April 2013 | (23:16)

Every night, one in eight people go to bed hungry. It's simply crazy that we are burning food for fuel in our petrol tanks whilst this persists - something that I have blogged about before, including whilst seeing the impact for myself in Tanzania.

Over in...

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Sweet Nothings: The Human Cost of Tax Avoidance in Africa

(3) Comments | Posted 10 February 2013 | (11:03)

Tax avoidance doesn't just damage the UK. It hurts ordinary people across the globe, wherever they live. A new piece of research by ActionAid has shown the activities of one British food company to be leeching vital funds from Zambia, one of the world's poorest countries.

The UK...

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Delhi Women Speak Out About Their Rights

(11) Comments | Posted 31 January 2013 | (23:00)

Yesterday in a poor area of south Delhi, I met some girls who were very clear that if the world is serious about development, women must be prioritised. They all agree with the data that shows that without progress on women's rights it will be impossible to make any significant...

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The Greening Agenda: Women in Afghanistan?

(11) Comments | Posted 27 October 2012 | (00:00)

The House of Commons International Development Committee has just released a new report into development in Afghanistan. It made the headlines because of its not very surprising conclusion that it will make take more than aid to build a properly functioning democratic Afghan state. The report sensibly suggests that UK...

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Rising Food Prices: It's Time to Stop Burning Food as Fuel

(10) Comments | Posted 16 October 2012 | (00:00)

Recent headlines about rising food prices are just the latest in a succession of reports illustrating how our daily staples are becoming increasingly expensive. The effects of this are hitting people hard - not just poor people in the UK but in parts of the world where almost one billion...

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Great Sexpectations?

(25) Comments | Posted 29 June 2012 | (00:00)

The ability to plan when we want to have a family is something that most of us in the UK take for granted. Until we decide that the time is right to have children we can access a wide range of contraception with accompanying advice free of charge, thanks to...

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Biofuels: Putting Developing Countries on the Road to Greater Hardship

(10) Comments | Posted 2 February 2012 | (23:00)

Some things just seem too good to be true, don't they? Letters which promise that you could be a millionaire (just call this number at £3 per minute for 20 minutes to find out if you're a winner). Or those e-mails from a "dear friend" (you've never met) promising a...

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The One Million, the FTSE 100 and the 99%

(3) Comments | Posted 17 November 2011 | (22:00)

On Tuesday evening, a special BBC Newsnight programme saw an audience of unemployed young men and women speak about their search for work and the hopelessness that they feel about their situation. It was depressing viewing. On Wednesday, unemployment amongst 16-24 year olds in the UK rose above one million....

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Return of the Taliban? Afghan Women Speak of Their Fear for the Future

(2) Comments | Posted 4 October 2011 | (00:00)

As the tenth anniversary of the US/ UK military intervention in Afghanistan approaches this Friday 7 October, there will be much reflection on what has been achieved. Thousands of lives have been lost and billions of dollars spent. Yet the future of Afghanistan remains far from certain.

In the next...

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The Lib Dems are missing a trick when it comes to tax

(0) Comments | Posted 24 September 2011 | (17:15)

For the second year running, talking tough on tax dodging was a big theme of the Liberal Democrat party conference. Danny Alexander warned those who don't pay what they owe that he "will find you and your money", and Vince Cable criticised "those British billionaires who demonstrate their patriotism by...

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Aid Dependency can end - if Developing Countries are in the Driving Seat

(2) Comments | Posted 13 September 2011 | (00:00)

You don't have to be an international development expert to be shocked by the suffering of the women, men and children affected by the East African famine. The images in the media distributed by TV stations and aid agencies alike paint a vivid picture of the full horror of starvation....

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