UK Aid

Before Next Week's Referendum, MPs Need to Make History With Michael Moore's Private Members Bill

Nadeem Javaid | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
Nadeem Javaid

With less than a week before Scotland votes for its future, MPs will have the opportunity to #TurnUpSaveLives on Friday 12 September. This date is the second reading for Lib Dem MP Michael Moore's Private Members Bill to legislate Britain's overseas aid as 0.7% of Britian's gross national income.

Seven Things You Didn't Know About UK Overseas Aid

Billy Hill | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Politics
Billy Hill

According to the International Aid Transparency Index, UK aid is the most transparent in the world... Meaning, we can see where our money is spent.

Why I Keep Being an Aid Worker Despite the Dangers

Johan Eldebo | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK
Johan Eldebo

Every day the news seems to suggest the World is getting scarier and more dangerous. Iraq, Gaza, Syria, South Sudan - the list goes on. For me reading the news is never a shock. I spend my working life immersed in the horrors, the violence and the poverty that blight the globe.

The Girls On the Bus: The Road Ahead

Emily Graham | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK
Emily Graham

"When I have a family it will be totally different. I hope we will be able even to wash and do our laundry here at home. And when we will have the water point up here, that old water point can be used for the rice field, it would be good for tomato and onion growing, so there would be more food."

The Path to Better Education in Pakistan

Aaron Benavot | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK
Aaron Benavot

Improving quality in Pakistan would also be a huge breakthrough. In rural areas many primary schools lack sufficient classrooms to provide a proper five year cycle: In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, for example, more than half of the schools do not contain the requisite 5 classrooms (one per grade). If you were a parent, would you send your children to school, and keep them there, if school conditions meant that your children were unlikely to learn the basics?

Aid to Education Has Fallen by 10% Since 2010

Aaron Benavot | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

Humanitarian aid makes up only a small share of the external financing for education: The sector received only 2% of humanitarian appeals in 2013 - a long way from the modest 4% target set by the UN last year.

#ProudOfUKAid but we mustn't overlook people with disabilities

Dr Caroline Harper | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Caroline Harper

At Sightsavers we have used UK aid in recent years to screen 40 million people for potential sight problems, provide 1.2 million people with sight-restoring surgery, and protect 75 million people from neglected tropical diseases such as trachoma. On a larger scale, every year the UK aid budget educates more children than live in the whole of the UK...

Jumping Syria's Aid Queue: Solving Syria's Aid Conundrum

Tam Hussein | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK
Tam Hussein

The problem of aid delivery in Syria has become so grave that the UN is pressing the Syrian government to allow more aid to pass through Turkey to reach what it estimates to be 3.5 million people who have been isolated and cut off from any form of humanitarian relief.

We Must Shelve Our Hopes for Aid to Education From Australia

Manos Antoninis | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK
Manos Antoninis

The news that

Money, Peace and Children - Inseparable to Stop a Catastrophe in South Sudan

Unni Krishnan | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Unni Krishnan

Who said children don't vote? Well, they don't cast their votes by standing in long lines and on ballet papers, but they cast their votes from under-funded relief camps and feeding centres and ill equipped schools and hospitals. Every hungry child is a vote of non-confidence on humanity. I hope the donors don't ignore them.

Cut Aid To Pakistan Unless It Cracks Down On Extremism, Say MPs

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK

Britain should cut aid spending to Pakistan and divert it to poorer countries unless "clear evidence" is produced that it is helping reduce Islamic ex...

Foreign Aid, An Irrational Scapegoat

Jake Hurfurt | Posted 04.06.2014 | 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 23.05.2014 | 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 19.05.2014 | 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 18.05.2014 | 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 17.05.2014 | 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 16.05.2014 | 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.