UK Aid

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 27.09.2016 | 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 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.

Brexit but Not Splendid Isolation

Simon O'Connell | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Politics
Simon O'Connell

Britain must continue to play a positive role on the world stage. In today's increasingly interconnected world, the outcomes of our actions are increasingly shared beyond our borders - and vice-versa. Adopting short-term policies of isolationism in today's multi-polar, unpredictable and volatile world will only create longer term challenges for all of us.

The Implications of Brexit on International NGOs Based in the UK

Toby Porter | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK
Toby Porter

Putting aside the utter dismay that I feel as an individual citizen of the UK and the EU on the outcome of Thursday's referendum, my priority this week as Chief Executive of HelpAge International is to digest and think through the many immediate and longer-term implications for the organisation that I lead. Identical exercises will be going on among all or very many of our peer agencies in the UK development and humanitarian sector.

Want to Cut Aid Spending? Imagine If Giving Birth Was a Game of Russian Roulette

Amy Agnew | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK
Amy Agnew

Last year, the UK made history when it passed a law ensuring at least 0.7% of the national income would be spent on helping the world's poorest. Even though that's just 7p out of every £10, the impact it has is incredible - UK Aid saves a life every two minutes. But this life saving intervention is at risk.

Seven Pence in Every £10 Is a Small Price to Help the World's Poorest

Mark Goldring | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK
Mark Goldring

When MPs debate the UK's aid target today, I hope we are presented with a full picture of the pros and cons of aid spending. I'm proud that Britain hasn't turned its back on the world's poorest - the fact that the rest of the world has not yet followed suit is a reason to carry on, not retrace our steps. We can and must continue to do better, but there should be no doubt that British aid is transforming the lives of millions of the most vulnerable people on the planet.

High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS - Where's the UK?

Diane Abbott | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

At the last High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS in 2011, the coalition government sent a delegation led by Minister Stephan O'Brien. But sadly, this time round, no minister from the UK Government will attend. In addition, the Department for International Development (DFID), the lead department for this UN meeting, is not planning to send a senior member of staff either. In the context of a meeting that is expected to be well attended by ministers and even presidents from some countries, this sends a bad message about the importance the UK places on a successful High Level Meeting.

World Humanitarian Summit: A Humanitarian Contribution to Peace Is the Missing Piece of the Puzzle

Harriet Lamb | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK
Harriet Lamb

What do you have as your screensaver? While some companies allow staff to revel in their favourite sunset snap or their kids pulling hideous faces, others provide the screensavers to focus minds on the top priorities.

The Developing World Is Better Off With Britain Inside the EU

Simon Maxwell | Posted 08.05.2016 | UK
Simon Maxwell

There is much at stake in Europe just now. The external environment is characterised by economic slowdown, the pressure of conflict, the refugee crisis, and the need to move rapidly to act on the Sustainable Development Goals, especially those related to climate. Urgent action is also needed to tackle the tax and transparency issues revealed by the Panama Papers. The threat of global disease epidemics is ever-present, with Ebola having been supplanted by the zika virus as the most urgent current threat. In all these arenas, the priority is coordinated action among groups of nations: another reason to put the global role of the EU high on the agenda.

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.

Six-Year-Old Girls in Jordan's Za'atari Refugee Camp Draw Tanks, Soldiers and Blood

Jaz O'Hara | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK
Jaz O'Hara

We woke up early for the two hour drive from the city, into the midst of the desert, and there it was... Barbed wire, security and dust; we had our passports and equipment thoroughly checked before entering. As we drove through the camp the vastness of it became clear, sand-coloured shelters in every direction, as far as the eye could see; the homes of 85,000 Syrian refugees.

Europe Protects Border, But Fails Children

Janti Soeripto | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK
Janti Soeripto

Visiting the small and makeshift graveyard on Lesvos, set up by caring local volunteers, as I did in recent days, is a heart-breaking experience. I de...

Imagine Life Without Rain

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

We'd like to do a lot more to beat this crisis but we also want to stop future generations being devastated by drought. Around 70% of Africa's people depend on smallholder agriculture for a living and they produce the bulk of the continent's food. We have to find a way to help them survive major crisis - come rain or shine.

A Day In The Life Of A Lesvos Volunteer: Dan's Experience On The Front Line Of Europe's Refugee Crisis

Jaz O'Hara | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK
Jaz O'Hara

As a member of the rescue team, Dan spends the early hours waiting to spot incoming boats on the distant horizon. These boats are packed with terrified refugees making the crossing from Turkey, only a few miles away; a small stretch of sea which has become one of the most dangerous in the world over the past year.

A Resolution Worth Keeping: Helping Africa Survive Its Disasters

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

Obviously nothing can alleviate nature's disasters - whether they are prompted by climate change or by the earth's natural movement like the shifting of tectonic plates - but we can better prepare people from peril. We can make them more resilient to crisis and more capable of bouncing back.

Hope - Little Word; Big Aspirations

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 22.10.2016 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

Are you travelling hopefully or hopelessly? Is your idea of hope getting a seat on the train home or securing a loan? Hope is a very small word with a very big remit of possibilities. For everyone, everywhere it means something different and that 'different' can change every minute of every day.

Ten Tips for Britons Joining Aid Convoys to Europe

Dilly Hussain | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK
Dilly Hussain

PHOTO: Dilly assisting Waseem Iqbal distribute aid in the Sudanese quarter of "The Jungle" refugee camp in Calais. After reading and seeing the media...

Moving Beyond UK Aid to Improve Health in Sierra Leone

Martin Drewry | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK
Martin Drewry

The relationship between the UK and Sierra Leone is both historic and complex. It stretches back centuries - encompassing colonialism, and UK intervention in the civil war. Today the ties between the two countries remain strong - and not always in the ways most visible on the surface.

Education Cannot Wait When Conflict Hits

Aaron Benavot | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK
Aaron Benavot

It's complicated, and we face a huge challenge to attract greater funds for schooling and teaching in conflict. But that shouldn't scare us off. The needs are huge, and we must use that as inspiration, rather than as a barrier, to our ambitions. Education cannot wait in times of an emergency. We have no time to lose.

Pakistan Government Receives Billions of UK Aid but Fails To Stem 1,000 Deaths From Heatwave

Sayed Bukhari | Posted 26.06.2016 | UK
Sayed Bukhari

If this happened in the UK there would be a national outrage but in Pakistan there is something of a twisted inevitability to this kind of disaster which is becoming almost an annual occurrence in recent times.

Challenging the Norm of Charity Comms at Cannes

Arabella Gilchrist | Posted 25.06.2016 | UK
Arabella Gilchrist

The tide is shifting. Backing social change is authentic, credible, tangible and doable. So let's use creativity and commitment - with more than a hint of bravery - to achieve the biggest humanitarian victory of the 21st century. Making malaria no more.