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A Modest Proposal for Feeding Africa

Professor Sir Gordon Conway | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK
Professor Sir Gordon Conway

By pooling resources, farmer associations are able to set up seed banks, storage facilities and savings and credit groups, thus reducing the costs and risks farmers face and maximising their collective income.

Bill Gates Has Been Drinking Sewage, Sort Of

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Tech

Bill Gates has been drinking sewage. It's not a statement you hear every day and if we're being really picky then it's also not strictly true. Wha...

Astronaut Chris Hadfield's 2015 Pep Talk Might Transform Your Year

Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Tech

If you had a bad year and aren't exactly thrilled with the prospects for (a) your personal slice of humanity or (b) civilisation as a whole in 2015, a...

World Malaria Day - Malaria No More UK Seeking Your Ideas

James Whiting | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK
James Whiting

To end malaria we need a commitment from a generation of people to see it through. We at Malaria No More UK will work tirelessly to achieve our aim but I'm also making a call out to you. How do we persuade every day people, business leaders and policy-makers to see this through? To end deaths from malaria - and to end malaria - in our generation.

Making a Dent in the Universe

Dr Arlo Brady | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dr Arlo Brady

I've had a pretty thought-provoking week on the other side of the Atlantic. Travelling always seems to expand the mind and give one some time to think, but this week it's been less to do with the opportunity for reflection and more to do with a handful of seemingly-unrelated comments that were made to me in passing...

Trust and Philanthropy

Carlos Miranda | Posted 21.12.2013 | UK
Carlos Miranda

Earlier this month, the Stars Foundation - in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Charities Aid Foundation, GlobalGiving UK, the Pea...

Bill Gates Is The World's Richest Man (Again)

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Tech

Bill Gates is now officially the world's richest man. Again. According to Bloomberg the Microsoft founder recently dethroned the Mexican telecoms b...

Was Millions Of British Aid Money Spent On Fast Cars And Mansions?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK

Millions of pounds of British aid money may have been spent on mansions and motors by officials in Sierra Leone, according to the country's anti-corru...

Breaking the Sound of Silence on Syphilis

Professor Rosanna Peeling | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK
Professor Rosanna Peeling

Syphilis is said to have affected some of the great writers and artists of history including Oscar Wilde, Van Gogh and Manet. Yet, despite being depicted in some of the most popular artwork and literature of our time, it affects more pregnant women than HIV and it kills over 400,000 babies a year.

Bill Gates Is Wrong

Martin Drewry | Posted 22.02.2013 | UK
Martin Drewry

Bill Gates has suggested that the Millennium Development Goals do not need updating. He is wrong. Here's why: Throughout the world, from Burma to Namibia, Somaliland to Laos, China to Nicaragua, there are communities of people marginalised by the societies in which they live and forgotten by international development organisations.

Bill Gates On Apple, Inheritance And His Least Favourite Picture On The Internet

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 14.04.2013 | UK Tech

Microsoft founder Bill Gates took part in a Reddit 'Ask Me Anything' (AMA) on Monday - via an 80 inch Windows 8 computer. The billionaire co-chair ...

Keeping Score: Can the NTD Scorecard Keep Global Action Against These Diseases on Track?

Simon Bush | Posted 18.03.2013 | UK
Simon Bush

This week sees the publication of From Promises to Progress, a new report on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), a group of 17 infectious diseases that between them affect over 1.4 billion of the poorest people in the world.

2012 Review: Sexual And Reproductive Health

Helen Marsden | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Marsden

2012 was a year when sexual and reproductive health hit the headlines in a big way. Sexual and reproductive health continues to cause passionate debate around the globe year after year.

British Philanthropy is Coming of Age but Don't Expect it to Fill the Gaps Left by the State

Charles Keidan | Posted 04.02.2013 | UK Politics
Charles Keidan

The dramatic emergence in recent years of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the American billionaires Giving Pledge and reduced public resources,...

Working Together to Tackle Neglected Tropical Diseases

Simon Bush | Posted 15.01.2013 | UK
Simon Bush

The goal? To tackle a group of 17 infectious diseases that between them, affect over 1.4 billion of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world.

UK Aid is Helping to End Polio in Pakistan

Suniya Qureshi | Posted 18.12.2012 | UK Politics
Suniya Qureshi

We're in the final round of an epic fight. Now is not the time to flinch - now is the time where together we make history.

Women in African agriculture: Farmers, Mothers, Innovators and Educators

Professor Sir Gordon Conway | Posted 17.11.2012 | UK
Professor Sir Gordon Conway

The droughts in the US and Russia and their impact on harvests have dominated the news in the last few weeks.

Planning for Family Planning - Walking the Talk of the London Summit

Geeta Bandi-Phillips | Posted 17.09.2012 | UK
Geeta Bandi-Phillips

It's clear that last week's London Family Planning Summit was a success. The vibe at the Summit was electric with many global leaders making big promises. A massive well done to Melinda Gates, who nudged world leaders to pledge more $2.8 billion in support of family planning up to 2020.

Why Do Contraceptives Save Lives?

Peter Byass | Posted 09.09.2012 | UK
Peter Byass

In reality, every single woman who gets pregnant takes a risk. There are lots of ways of viewing the risks, but let's look at the ultimate bad outcome - women who die as a result of being pregnant.

'Women Have The Right To Choose' Says Conservative Minister

The Huffington Post | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 11.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle

World leaders will today discuss how they can tackle one of the biggest killers of teenage girls worldwide: pregnancy. According to the Department...

Don't Mention the 'A' Word

Dana Hovig | Posted 09.09.2012 | UK
Dana Hovig

I'm happy to admit I never expected to see Melinda Gates, David Cameron and Andrew Mitchell standing on a stage in London talking about the value of family planning - and even happier to admit I was wrong.

Government Pledges £1 Billion For Family Planning

PA | Posted 11.07.2012 | UK

The government is to pledge to donate more than £1 billion to help family planning services in the developing world. In a bid to help 24 million g...

Delivering Water Babies

Barbara Frost | Posted 09.09.2012 | UK
Barbara Frost

This understanding that wider determinates of poverty have a big impact on the risks of mothers dying in childbirth is reinforced by evidence, not only from our own programmes but from scientific studies.

A Good News Year for Women and Children?

Geeta Bandi-Phillips | Posted 07.09.2012 | UK
Geeta Bandi-Phillips

Over the years we have seen a lot of good, bad and ugly promises, campaigns and programmes. Some, such as increasing child vaccinations, have been very successful. But in the run up to the finish line for the Millennium Development Goals in 2015, we see that we are still way off key targets for women and children.

Great Sexpectations?

Melanie Ward | Posted 28.08.2012 | UK Politics
Melanie Ward

We know that there is a gap into which a minimum of 200million women fall because their needs for contraception are unmet. Getting condoms, pills and other supplies onto the ground is one essential part of what needs to be done to deal with this. But it is only one side of the coin. If women are to be able to make use of these then we need to also tackle the flip side of the coin - the gender inequality and unequal power relations between men and women which mean that women and girls often cannot decide when or whether they have sex, including whether contraception is used.