Developing World

Cancer Taught Me To Love Sunsets

Jheric Delos Angeles | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jheric Delos Angeles

I had started out experiencing back pain, feeling very weak and losing weight. Then after four months I was diagnosed with anaphylastic large-cell lymphoma - it's a rare type of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. I discovered that the cancer had already progressed to my abdomen, my spine and my lungs.

Orphanages Are Not A Holiday Destination: The Problem With Voluntourism and 'Poverty Porn'

Philip Ellis | Posted 06.09.2017 | 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.

Sight-Saving Surgery In the Amazon

Clare O'Neill | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK
Clare O'Neill

I've just returned from two weeks working with the Andean Medical Mission in San Borja in El Beni, Bolivia. AMM send medical teams to Bolivia every ye...

Calling on the Private Sector to Help Reinforce Creative Industries

Salma Zulfiqar | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK
Salma Zulfiqar

Strengthening partnerships with the private sector is the focus for the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) as it enters a new era. The ...

Here's How Mobile Innovation Can Help End Poverty

Philip Ellis | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Tech
Philip Ellis

The digital inclusion conversation isn't limited to emerging markets, says Cairns; there are 90 million people in Europe who don't have a bank account or any digital means of payment, rendering travel by train or plane virtually impossible.

Google's Algorithm Update Is Not For The Western World

Nigel Eastwood | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Tech
Nigel Eastwood

So if I was a betting man I'd say, based on its track record of innovative and disruptive strategies, that Google is currently setting itself up to exploit the growing opportunity for international calls and data throughout the emerging world. Which will of course, help sell a lot of phones. Watch out for a tie up with service partners in India very soon.

The Death of the Fixed Landline Phone Call

Nigel Eastwood | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK Tech
Nigel Eastwood

UK telecoms companies are about to increase their fixed-line phone charges. Ten years ago this would have led to the technological equivalent of riots in the streets. It would have been front page news. But today? Nope. Hardly a squeak.

Why Collaboration Is Key to Tackling the World's Grand Challenges

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK
Dirk Jan van den Berg

Globalisation has rendered us increasingly inter-dependent with massive opportunities and also risks/challenges as a result. Driven by technological advances from transport, to communications, and electronic networks, globalisation has delivered important advancements in terms of movement and exchange of people, ideas, values, resources, commodities and finance.

Can Mobile Technology Help Teachers to Be More Effective?

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Tech
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

I believe that if children are to enjoy their right to an education they must be taught by teachers who are properly trained and supported. There is a pressing need to consider how best to train teachers - both new teachers and up-skilling the large numbers of currently unqualified and under-qualified teachers through in-service training.

It's Not About the Money: The Addictive Ideas That Drive an Entrepreneur

Mansoor Hamayun | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Tech
Mansoor Hamayun

A lot of people ask me why I took the plunge from having a dream job at one of the most well-recognised and valuable brands (Rolls-Royce) to starting something where sleeping on the floor of friends' houses became a common event

The STEM Skills Shortage Is Even More Apparent for Start-Ups

Mansoor Hamayun | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Tech
Mansoor Hamayun

The work undertaken by STEM companies - both large and small - is extremely important, not just to our economic future, but to the development of our world. Only by ensuring an increased supply of high quality engineering talent will companies like ours be able to flourish.

Let's Make Education a Reality for Every Girl and Woman

Pauline Rose | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK
Pauline Rose

One of the rewards of helping to track global education over the past decade has been watching progress in getting more girls into school. But as we mark International Women's Day, I'm more conscious than ever that the glass is still not even half full: 31 million girls have never set foot inside a classroom, and half of them are unlikely ever to do so.

'Green Growth' Is Key, New Development Paradigm for Developing Countries

Julian Hunt | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK
Julian Hunt

Following a recent meeting between Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao and Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei, the ADB has pledged its support for green and inclusive growth in China with a major new investment...

What Being a Feminist Actually Means

Isy Suttie | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK Comedy
Isy Suttie

I can't believe that when I used to hear the word "feminist" in my teens, I used to think I'd have to get hold of a fleece and dangly earrings to 'join' ... Now I'm a bit older, I'm proud to call myself a feminist - and to take action too, because sticks and stones may break the bones of misogyny, but words will never hurt it.

This World Water Day, Let's Not Forget It's a Luxury for Some

Jane Labous | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Politics
Jane Labous

World Water Day is today, a time to pause and appreciate a substance that is available to us so freely and cheaply in the developed world. It is a day to address the fact that 783 million people in the world do not have access to clean water - representing roughly one in ten of the world's population.

Why Global Food Solutions Need Women

Green Futures | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK
Green Futures

Judith Harry says that women are not supposed to be leaders, or at least that's what people think. She is a groundnut farmer in Mchinji, Malawi, and a single mother raising her teenage daughter and two teenage orphans.

How Private Capital Can Help Sustain Our Commitments to the Developing World

Lord Boateng | Posted 27.03.2013 | UK Politics
Lord Boateng

As a former treasury minister, I understand how markets can be used to benefit people around the world. We recognised that public funding, and specifically aid, alone could not solve all of the challenges faced by developing world countries. There was a clear need to harness private sector capital and expertise.

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...

Reporting the World: Why Global Coverage is More Important Now Than Ever Before

Marion Bowman | Posted 04.07.2012 | UK
Marion Bowman

As the deadline for the UK's Millennium Development Goals approaches in 2015, there is a widening debate about how to continue making progress in tackling poverty, inequality and intolerance. The industrialisation of China, Chinese investments in Africa, stresses on the world's food and water systems, migration and population will all feature in the futures of the wealthy and poor alike wherever they are. Through our awards we encourage journalists and filmmakers to tell the whole story, to relay the authentic voices of people often discounted or silenced in international affairs, and to help us understand how in a globalised world, 25 years on, we are all connected more than ever.

'World Domination' - How 'Green' NGOs are Harming International Development

Raheem Kassam | Posted 01.05.2012 | UK Politics
Raheem Kassam

I've written previously about 'green' non-governmental organisations and their penchant for protectionism. But as the European Environmental Paper Network met over the past few days in Portugal (my invite must have been lost in the post), I thought I'd bring to you a video worth watching and sharing.

Ending the Hunger Games

Matthew Frost | Posted 23.05.2012 | UK
Matthew Frost

The international community and governments need to stop treating food crises as a series of unexpected disasters. They can no longer play with people's lives or wait to act until we see starving African children on our TV screens, as if it were the televised Hunger Games.

Why the Poorest Will Have to Wait for Water

Barbara Frost | Posted 21.05.2012 | UK
Barbara Frost

It is only by investing in both water and sanitation that the full health benefits of these services will be realised for the world's poorest people. We know that diarrhoea is the single biggest killer of children in sub-Saharan Africa and on current trends it will be around 200 years before Africa has universal access to both water and sanitation.

Ghana's Women Can Teach Us the Power of Saving

Rachael Barber | Posted 08.05.2012 | UK
Rachael Barber

We have a lot to learn from the women in Ghana about the importance of saving and the difference it can make between living on the edge and being able to improve ones circumstances.

International Women's Day Call to Action: Integrate Family Planning and HIV Services to Save Women's Lives

Dana Hovig | Posted 07.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dana Hovig

Every year, over 350,000 women die from pregnancy-related complications. If every woman on the planet had equal access to family planning and safe motherhood services, one in four of these women's lives could be saved. Some 17 million women of reproductive age are living with HIV.

Transparency Will Help the Aid Debate Grow Up - And Help it Grow Old and Die

Jamie Drummond | Posted 28.01.2012 | UK Politics
Jamie Drummond

A life and death debate will rage this week over the crucial - but excruciatingly technical - issue of aid effectiveness.