UK Aid

Hanging Out On The Fringes - Labour Conference 2017

Simon Kirkland | Posted 12.10.2017 | UK Politics
Simon Kirkland

The Labour Party has a tradition of inviting pre-eminent international speakers to address its conference. President Bill Clinton did it twice in 2002 and 2006, and the late, great, Nelson Mandela addressed the conference in Brighton in 2000.

Next-Generation Aid

George Graham | Posted 03.10.2017 | UK
George Graham

The UK needs to bring its arms policy into line with its humanitarian principles. The devastation caused to the British Virgin Islands by Hurricane I...

Lines In The Political Sand

Simon Kirkland | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK Politics
Simon Kirkland

So it is that time of year again. The time when political hacks descend on the British seaside to drink too much warm wine and eat soggy sandwiches together. Also known as party conference season.

Why UK Co-ops Are Supporting Hurricane And Flood-Hit Areas

Ed Mayo | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK
Ed Mayo

Emergencies like the hurricanes in the Americas or the floods in South Asia are prompts not just for government action but also for a new spirit of self-help and mutual aid.

Aid Must Mean Aid - So Freeze It If It Fails

Sophie Powell | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK
Sophie Powell

The past year has seen a barrage of media attacks on overseas aid, portraying it as badly spent, wasteful or ineffective. In just one recent example, an indignant Sun reported how Britain's national security chief has launched a new review of overseas aid "to stop so much taxpayers' cash being wasted".

Things Fall Apart, The Centre Must Hold

Leonie Le Borgne | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK Politics
Leonie Le Borgne

Civilians, average citizens, will be increasingly (directly and indirectly) affected by crises and will need to be prepared for a difficult future. We have seen this in Houston this week, in countless contexts previously, and we will see it time and time again.

Sierra Leone Mudslide Disaster - Every Day, Every Hour, I Think About The Women And Children

Maytou Ganda | Posted 22.08.2017 | UK
Maytou Ganda

The landslide is huge in scale and the torrential rains that caused it keep coming - destroying people's livelihoods and crops and leaving survivors hungry and unable to support themselves and their families. Freetown's drainage system is overwhelmed, creating waterways that churn towards us as we try to get things done and we keep having to find new ways of getting access to the communities who so urgently need our help.

Hunger In South Sudan: Don't Let The Rainy Season Become The Dying Season

John Loreom | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK
John Loreom

I tell these mothers to just keep going. Dig for hours to find water underground. Walk for days to find nuts in the bush. Skip meal after meal to keep your children alive. Help is coming. And until then you just have to survive. That's what I tell myself every day when I miss my family painfully and get up, get ready for work, and just keep going.

Britain Must Put Malaria Out Of Business - Permanently

James Whiting | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK
James Whiting

If you've kept an eye on social media this World Malaria Day then by now I imagine you've discovered the Secret CEO's true identity. The ruthless tyco...

Somalia Crisis: One By One, My Children Slipped Away

Sean Ryan | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK
Sean Ryan

Across Somalia, the country worst affected by the Horn of Africa's escalating food crisis, more than half a million people are on the move in epic scenes that show not only the desperate urgency of fundraising appeals but also, sadly, the limits of the aid agencies' reach.

Nepal Earthquakes: Two Years On

Tanya Barron | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK
Tanya Barron

Experiencing the earthquake first-hand and seeing people lose their livelihoods and homes was heart-breaking, but with the amazing support of the British public, families in Nepal are starting to get their lives back on track.

Let's Start Talking About How We Spend Aid

Simon Kirkland | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Politics
Simon Kirkland

If all parties can agree on how much we spend, the 0.7 per cent, then we can all finally move on to talking about how the money can best be spent. And that should be a very interesting and useful debate indeed.

Immunisations: Saving Lives, Whatever It Takes

Nicholas Alusa | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK
Nicholas Alusa

Measles is a highly contagious, horrific disease. If left untreated it can lead to death. There's no specific treatment. All us medics can do is isolate the sufferer, give them vitamin A, and hope for the best.

Foreign Aid Is A Vital National Interest Essential In Ensuring A Safer World

Bill Gates | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK
Bill Gates

Given the recent wave of newspaper stories suggesting the UK's aid money isn't being well spent, I feel it is important for someone like me who works on foreign aid every day to make the case for the facts. So, let me be clear...

Yes, Charity Begins At Home... But Should Not End There

Simon Kirkland | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK
Simon Kirkland

While the nation debates what a global Britain should look like post-Brexit, I hope that we can stop talking about slashing our aid budget. It's not in our national interest. It would leave some of the world's poorest people high and dry, and make our world less safe, healthy and prosperous for everyone.

How would education suffer without aid from the USA?

Aaron Benavot | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

Last week, White House officials said that President Trump would increase military spending by $54 billion, taking funds from domestic programs and fo...

How Economic Growth Can Lift Even More People Out of Poverty

Marie Staunton | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK
Marie Staunton

A few years ago I met a woman in South Sudan. She arrived at a clinic I was visiting. She was carrying her 12-year old son on her back, having walked...

Direct Aid Helps The World's Poorest

Mike Noyes | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK
Mike Noyes

Over the last week the ever more shrill criticism of international aid found a new target - the practise of giving money directly to some of the poorest and most vulnerable people, otherwise known as cash transfers. The allegation made was that this amounted to setting up UK-funded cashpoints for the poor. However the reality is somewhat different... Giving cash directly to women like Julum and Elphine is not wasteful but it is empowering and effective. We need to be vigilant to always ensure aid money is not being misspent.

Seeing Effective Aid In Action

Jack Abrey | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Abrey

Thanks to WaterAid's work, they will no longer have to make this arduous journey. A safe water source in the village will completely transform the community, helping reduce disease, and giving young people more time to go to school and to play, the chance of a better future.

International Development: What Does 24 Years Teach You?

Sarah Nancollas | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK
Sarah Nancollas

After 24 years in international development, my time has come to move on. While I'll remain working in the charity sector, my next job isn't in international development.

Why The Haitian Hurricane Barely Graced Your Newsfeeds: Bad Timing Or Do We Simply Not Care?

Virginia Stuart-Taylor | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK
Virginia Stuart-Taylor

This remains a recurrent problem for Europe. We'll undoubtedly see this combination of bad timing, aid fatigue and an empathy gap rear its ugly head the next time disaster strikes in the developing world. The age-old blame game between journalists and readers cannot continue in this vein and Europeans must proactively step outside of the bubble. If not, we risk losing our sense of humanity altogether.

Emergency Medical And Dental Care In The Demolished Jungle

Ali Amir | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ali Amir

Having set off from Cardiff on Friday evening, we had no idea of whether we would even make it to Calais due to heightened security on the border and media reports suggesting that the refugee camp in Calais had been demolished; all refugees had apparently been relocated across France. However, we arrived safely in Calais via the euro tunnel with our car stuffed with clothes, medications and dental materials.

Why Middle Income Countries Still Need Aid

Sarah Nancollas | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK
Sarah Nancollas

One of the questions I'm asked quite a lot as Chief Executive of international NGO, Lepra, is why we provide support to India. The inference behind th...

Three Giant Steps Towards A Global Britain

Kevin Watkins | Posted 27.09.2017 | UK
Kevin Watkins

The question is whether, when they assemble in Birmingham for their conference next week, the government's new ministers are able to turn Global Britain from a slogan into a strategy. The issues to be addressed are complex and the foreign policy agenda is crowded. But focusing on children can help to cut through the complexity in areas where Britain is uniquely well-placed to make a difference.

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

Philip Ellis | Posted 06.09.2017 | 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.