UK Aid

Foreign Aid, An Irrational Scapegoat

Jake Hurfurt | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jake Hurfurt

UKIP and our right wing press draw emotive comparisons between our foreign aid budget and cuts to services and budgets to be spent on home shores. They appeal to the witless nationalist tendencies amongst much of the British public, claiming that slashing spending on foreign aid could reduce cuts to services in the UK.

Never Has the Phrase 'Adapt or Die' Been So Apt

Ben Price | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ben Price

The world over, we are seeing ever more cases of extreme weather, from the recent floods in the UK to wild fires in Australia. With each incident comes the familiar assurances that - this time - the necessary action will be taken to make sure there is no repeat. The reality is we have no choice, as every country faces the fact that climate change - and its impact on the weather - is no longer a distant prediction, but a daily reality. And for the poorest people on the planet, the need to change is not just a matter of saving money, but saving lives.

The Operation Was Successful, But the Patient Died

Jonathan Whittall | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK
Jonathan Whittall

For those who do manage to reach health facilities, actual care often remains elusive because of cost. In Khost, in the east of the country, and in the capital, Kabul, roughly half the people surveyed by MSF borrowed money or sold what they could to pay for medicines or doctors' fees during a recent illness. Several sought care in neighbouring Pakistan.

Syrian Refugees Make the Best of Temporary Schools

Manos Antoninis | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK
Manos Antoninis

Mohammed, a teacher from Syria who lives in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, is participating in the Education for All Global Monitoring Report's #TeacherTuesday campaign. His daily struggle to help Syrian refugee children underlines the need to support teachers in difficult situations - and to make education a more central part of humanitarian efforts in conflict zones.

Crowd-sourced Mapping Is Opening Up the Darkest Corners of the World

Dr Kat Arney | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Tech
Dr Kat Arney

Most maps are static representations of a geographical snapshot in time but the world changes constantly, especially in fast-moving situations such as wars or natural disasters - something I recently explored in a recent documentary for BBC Radio 4, Mapping the Void.

Syria Must Not Become a Forgotten Crisis

Sir Nick Young | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK
Sir Nick Young

Three years ago, the world watched in shock as Syria slowly descended into bitter conflict. Once thriving communities have been utterly destroyed. Nine million people are now in need of humanitarian assistance, with their future looking perilous and uncertain. The scale of the humanitarian crisis which results from a conflict of this kind can be overwhelming. But we cannot let ourselves forget its human face.

Jessica Elgot

Daily Mail Anti-Aid Campaign Is 'Dangerous' Global Poverty Experts Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK

Global poverty experts have expressed their shock and anger at the "outrageous" campaign to get Britain to drop its international aid budget in favour...

LOOK: Nigel Farage Wades Into Floods

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK

Wearing his waist-high green waterproofs, the Ukip leader has quite literally waded into the chaos in flood-stricken Somerset. Nigel Farage, wearin...

Donors Must Renew Their Commitment to Supporting Education Goals After 2015

Pauline Rose | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK
Pauline Rose

Some donors - including Canada, Spain and the United States - also channel a large share of their funds through non-government organizations. While this can be a means to reach marginalized children, it is unlikely to strengthen government education systems in the long term.

To End Poverty We Need to Understand it Better

Intelligence Squared | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Politics
Intelligence Squared

Multidimensional poverty, as participatory work of late has shown, includes poor health, lack of education, inadequate living standards, environmental degradation, lack of income, gender discrimination, poor quality of work and violence. Ending $1.25/day poverty is unlikely to mean the end of these many overlapping disadvantages.

What Will It Take to End Poverty?

Intelligence Squared | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Politics
Intelligence Squared

Poverty has always been with humanity - even Jesus said that the poor would always be with us. Yet while nothing short of a miracle would have made poverty eradication possible 2,000 years ago - neither emperors nor kings had the knowledge or resources to do it - today, we have what it takes to tackle poverty.

What Typhoon Haiyan Tells Us About the Best Defence Against Disasters

Adrian Lovett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Adrian Lovett

Eight hundred thousand. That's the most remarkable number to emerge in reports from the typhoon-hit Philippines in the last few days. In a story of lives lost, homes destroyed and people uprooted, 800,000 people were reportedly moved by the authorities to safe shelters as the storm approached.

Protecting Women & Girls in Crisis

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Sir Peter Westmacott

Worldwide, one in five women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape in their lifetime. Women and girls are even more at risk in crisis situations, particularly flood, famine, and conflict.

As the Philippines Reel, Empowering Women in the Face of Disaster Is an Imperative

Richard C.W. Miller | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Richard C.W. Miller

As aid agencies mobilise to relieve suffering in the Philippines following the devastation wrought by super typhoon Haiyan, the impact of emergencies on women and girls will once again be thrown into sharp relief. As will the imperative of empowering women to develop their self-confidence, to speak up and tell their own stories as a means to increasing their protection against violence and abuse.

No Aid for Loans - Yet

Amy Dodd | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Amy Dodd

No plans yet for a British development bank. That was the response from Justine Greening, International Development Secretary, to the International Development Select Committee last week. It's a welcome answer and one that will reassure many of us in the development community who have been questioning the rationale for the UK getting into the bank business.

Cyclone Phailin Relief Operation Begins

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

India is facing a massive relief operation after Cyclone Phailin struck the east of the country, killing at least 17 people and forcing up to a millio...

Cyclone Phailin Wreaks 'Shocking' Devastation, At Least 7 Dead

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK

Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged UK aid to ease the "shocking" devastation caused in India by Cyclone Phailin. Half a million people were f...

The WMDs That Hardly Get Talked About

Jehangir Malik | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK
Jehangir Malik

Syria's brutal conflict has killed over 100,000 people, driven seven million from their homes and created the worst refugee crisis for a generation. I intend to welcome the Prime Minister's recent vow to lead the world in aid for the Syrian people, and to ask the Secretary of State to ensure that no stone is left unturned in diplomatic efforts to improve humanitarian access and bring about peace talks.

UK's Global Health Powerplay

Robin Gorna | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Politics
Robin Gorna

This week's news that the UK government would contribute £1billion to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for the next three years surprised many Global Fund lobbyists who didn't expect to get what they asked for.

About What Peter Buffett Said on Philanthropy, ROI and Understanding

Bettina Gronblom | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK
Bettina Gronblom

With global economic uncertainty still with us, and sovereign states struggling and cutting back on their spending, expectations of philanthropists, charities and aid agencies are immense. We are trying to practise cost cutting and to find new ways of helping because we are frustrated with the old ways.

Mulitlateral Agencies Should Renew Their Commitment to Basic Education

Pauline Rose | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Politics
Pauline Rose

The support of multilateral agencies for basic education is slowing compared with other sectors and bilateral donors. Unless multilateral aid is increased, there is a danger that growing support to new areas such as skills development will squeeze the scarce resources for basic education even further, to the detriment of the most disadvantaged.

I Witnessed How War Continues to Affect Generations of Children

Sarah Alexander | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK
Sarah Alexander

Recent conflicts have meant that children of war are quite rightly at the forefront of everyone's minds, and I want to tell you how we can help them. I recently saw with my own eyes just how devastating the long-term effects of war are on generations of children when I travelled with ActionAid to Sierra Leone.

How to Move Away From Bongo Bongo Land

Damon Boughen | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Politics
Damon Boughen

Whilst I may have been involved with many development charities in my time, all the following is purely my own views. With that said, I think Godfrey Bloom may have been onto something with his recent comments; or at least would had been had we been discussing this twenty or thirty years ago...

Al Qaeda Group Burns £480k Of UK Taxpayer Aid In Somalia

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK

Taxpayer-funded humanitarian aid worth £480,000 was captured by al Qaida-linked militants as they rampaged through southern Somalia. The supplies ...

Welcome to Syria - Land of Anguish and Despair

Jehangir Malik | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK
Jehangir Malik

Abdul said they had lost loved ones from three generations of their family, and showed us a framed picture of his late wife, daughter, son and four grandchildren - all casualties of this brutal war. I was almost speechless. What words of comfort can you offer to a bereaved elderly man like Abdul Karim breaking down with grief.