What Is Going On In Ethiopia?

Charlotte Allan | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Charlotte Allan

The athlete looked up at the sky when he crossed the finish line, and made an X shape above his head with his wrists. The stadium cheered, a new moment in history was made. Later when he took to the podium with 'Ethiopia' written across his top to collect a medal for the marathon he had run, he made the gesture again.

Poverty Fixation Will Not Solve Global Turmoil - Increasing Opportunity Is Key

Simon O'Connell | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
Simon O'Connell

With this knowledge, and with courage and honesty, we must build on the rhetoric of the New York meeting to identify practical solutions. In today's globalised world, where instability in one place can affect stability in another, we must find ways for all individuals to access opportunity, so they can contribute and achieve irrespective of where they were born.

The Pace Of Change

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

Life changed again, deeply and irrevocably so, with the arrival of R's girls. They landed in Mombasa when the city was labouring under a simmering, sweltering heat. R's youngest daughter came running when she saw us. R held it together better than I did.

Zongoloni's Story of Hope

Sharon Bull | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK
Sharon Bull

Terrified, grief stricken, lonely, confused, frightened and hungry, emotions and situations we would never wish our own child to have to go through, and yet Zongoloni is one of many elephant calves orphaned in this way, because of ivory poaching.

Time For The Prime Minister To Act On Ivory

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

For many of us it does seem kind of strange that there is still an ivory market of any kind. There's nothing pretty about seeing the remnants of a dead elephant on your wrist or mantelpiece. For most it isn't only times that have changed - our attitudes and understanding have too.

Orphanages Are Not A Holiday Destination: The Problem With Voluntourism and 'Poverty Porn'

Philip Ellis | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK
Philip Ellis

As the market research keeps telling us, millennials are all about experiences. And when it comes to life-enriching experiences, there's nothing more fulfilling than volunteering in an orphanage in a developing country, right? Fulfilling for the volunteer, maybe.

Devil Dentist Now Schoolgirl Slayer - Why Do People Get Off On Killing Our Wildlife?

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

Looking at giraffes specifically, it is estimated that they've lost around 40% of their wild populations in the last 15 years alone. That hardly sounds like they need Aryanna's, or indeed anyone's bows and rifles pointing in their direction right now.

Africa's Massive Revenue Losses From Tax Incentives

Mark Curtis | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK
Mark Curtis

For over 30 years, Western countries such as the US and UK, and international bodies like the World Bank and IMF, have told African governments to cut...

The Legend of Tarzan

Harry Crawford | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Harry Crawford

Forget Disney, forget Phil Collins and forget coherency. Yates's take will leave hearts swooning for the leading couple, but if it's not a catwalk you're after, or melodrama, then you might as well pretend this film never existed. This is for teenage girls who can handle a little angst.

Britain's New African Empire

Mark Curtis | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Curtis

We need to radically rethink the notion that Britain is helping Africa to develop. The UK's large aid programme is, among other things, being used to promote African policies from which British corporations will further profit. British policy in Africa, and indeed that of African elites, needs to be challenged and substantially changed if we are serious about promoting long term economic development on the continent.

Understanding the Power of Toilets in Rural Angola

Edson Monteiro | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK
Edson Monteiro

I recently returned from a trip to visit rural villages in Angola to look at the impact that Unicef's sanitation partnership with Andrex is having on children and families there. It's incredible to think that seven out of ten people living in rural Angola do not have a clean, safe toilet to use. This has a huge impact on the health of Angola's children and one of the reasons the country has the highest rate of child mortality in the world.

An Open Letter to the Next UN Secretary General

Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK
Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho

I would like to congratulate you on your election, especially against such an experienced and talented group of candidates. I wish you well in maintaining the United Nations' impact as one of the leading global institutions, and its role in promoting international cooperation on the most important issues facing humanity...

They Work for You: Monitoring Parliament and Why It's Worth It

Loren Treisman | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Politics
Loren Treisman

It's hard to trust our leaders. Across the globe, the gap between rich and poor is widening while seldom a week passes without a political figure or big brand being exposed for avoiding tax, involvement in corrupt practices or making decisions that blatantly work against the public good.

Rwanda's Creative Industries Policy takes Shape through the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

Salma Zulfiqar | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK
Salma Zulfiqar

''It's really important to have creativity to solve challenges in society, especially following our troubled past. We have to be creative to find solu...

Why Volunteer?

Wendy Kirkman | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK
Wendy Kirkman

Today I want to tell you of my experiences in volunteering and maybe to encourage you to consider this for yourself. I have no qualifications to speak...

The Fight Which Defined Muhammad Ali

David Ready | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK Sport
David Ready

Last weekend, perhaps the greatest sportsman ever to walk the face of this earth passed away and that sportsman was Muhammad Ali. Ali was the greatest...

Travelling Abroad for Voluntary Work in the World's Poorest Places? Then You Are Part of the Problem, Not the Solution

Matthew Smith | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK
Matthew Smith

Next time you or someone you know suggests taking one of these trips remember that it is really about the fulfilment of the volunteers themselves, the companies who make a profit and not the host nations. Going on a trip like this is one of the most selfish and damaging things you can do.

Why EU Membership Leads to a Discriminatory Immigration Policy

Adam Hamdy | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

Over the weekend my piece on why the UK government turned away more than 2,700 non-EU nurses was widely circulated on Twitter and Facebook, but after ...

Anti-Corruption Summit Should Go Beyond Lip Service and Provide Room for Civil Society to Function in the Most Affected Countries

Donald Mogeni | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK
Donald Mogeni

David Cameron will today be smarting from the faux pas of making an acutely embarrassing indiscretion under the glance of cameras. Just days before the 2016 anti-corruption summit, the UK Prime Minister will be hosting, he was caught on camera in discussion with the Queen and the Archbishop of Canterbury, describing two of the countries sending delegates to London as "fantastically corrupt countries".

Akon Chats To Us About His New Song And Providing Electricity To Millions

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Tech

Akon, has used his latest music video 'Tell Me We're OK' to shine a light on the need for clean energy in Africa. The track, featuring DJ Hardwerk, h...

In the Face of Conflict Build Bridges, Not Walls

Aldwyn Cooper | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK
Aldwyn Cooper

At the recent 'International Peace Summit' held at Regent's University London in partnership with the Tutu Foundation UK, Nontombi Tutu, daughter of t...

Worlds Apart: A Girl's Eye View of Hunger

Himaya Quasem | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK
Himaya Quasem

Nimah's family has lost 25 of their 35 sheep to the drought. If the remaining sheep are lost it could tip the family into destitution. Without livestock they will have nothing to eat or trade with. This prospect makes Nimah fear for her younger siblings.

Beats Without Borders

Liza Bel | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Liza Bel

I've recently started imagining the world where Donald Trump wins the American elections, Brexit turns into reality and our society becomes even more ...

Central African Republic: Helping the Most Vulnerable in the Most Difficult Places

Johan Eldebo | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Politics
Johan Eldebo

Last year one of my visits to the Central African Republic (CAR) ended in an evacuation across the river into the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as intense fighting shook Bangui, the capital city where we were. The night after we crossed the river we could clearly see and hear the artillery shells and the explosions in Bangui, wondering about the fate of the people still there and the future of the country.

Aid to Education Has Again Gone Down

Aaron Benavot | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Aaron Benavot

Governments around the world have just signed up to an enormously ambitious and promising vision for education and lifelong learning over the next fifteen years, an agenda they know is crucial if even greater ambitions for sustainable development are to be realized by 2030.