UK Aid

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 27.09.2016 | 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 13.07.2017 | 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 29.06.2017 | 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 11.06.2017 | 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 13.06.2017 | 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 08.06.2017 | 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 21.05.2017 | 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 09.05.2017 | 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.