#Development

How A Toilet Can Change Your Life

Mary-Ann Ochota | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Mary-Ann Ochota

The Congolese sun is gleaming off the earthen floor but I feel cold. I'm knee-to-knee with a tall, dignified woman called Bawili, who's talking me through the day her teenage daughter was gang-raped. Bawili speaks quietly, simply - the details are the more harrowing for it.

Achieving Sustainable Industrialisation In Africa

Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Tech
Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho

Ultimately, bold expansion of renewable energy can go a long way to fostering sustainable and inclusive industrialisation in Africa. I call on private sector companies to join hands with African governments, universities and the broader civil society to address this challenge.

Where Did Virtual Reality Come From? And Where Is It Going?

Ran Berger | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Tech
Ran Berger

Steady work on developing the tech throughout recent years has bought us to today, where companies like Oculus Rift can offer incredibly impressive virtual reality experiences through their gear. Augmented reality, (where we add to our existing world rather than 'escaping' to another) has also hit the mainstream, thanks to Pokemon GO and snapchat filters.

Education needs to fundamentally change if we are to reach our global development goals

Aaron Benavot | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

The new Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report by UNESCO, released this morning, shows the vast potential for education to propel progress towards a...

Young People Are Taking The World By Storm

Adam Bradford | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Bradford

Young people across the world are giving up more of their time to donate to good causes. We have already seen the masses of research and reports about Generation Y, Z, Millennials, whatever the name is you want to call the now generation - they suggest that young people now have more of a social conscience than ever and care more about their impact on the world than their wages.

The Smog Free Project

Frontier | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK
Frontier

We are all aware that air pollution is a serious problem. It may not be felt as much in the West where the air quality is moderate at worst but over i...

Trade Deals Are About to Be Rewriten: Let's Make Them Fair

Michael Gidney | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK
Michael Gidney

We will need to hold the government to account - the years of blaming Brussels will soon be at an end. The fact is most of our trade deals will need to be renegotiated. There is an opportunity to put fairness at the core of the UK's future international trade. Whatever the outcome of the current chaos, we at Fairtrade will redouble our efforts to make trade fair. Now, more than ever, producers need the support of shoppers, businesses and politicians to make this happen.

The Implications of Brexit on International NGOs Based in the UK

Toby Porter | Posted 28.06.2016 | 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.

Head Above Water...

Helen Morton | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK
Helen Morton

Every day, at high tide, the village of Nonua Chora floods. The water rises rapidly; to the knees of the adults, and the necks of the children. The challenge of keeping your head above the water, in every sense of the term, is all too real for the families of Southern Bangladesh.

How We Can Tip the Energy Balance Towards Low-Carbon

Dr Alison Doig | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Alison Doig

It will take a huge amount of political will to bring about a radical change in energy investment strategies across the globe, particularly from wealthier nations who invest in developing countries. Renewable and low-carbon energy generation technologies are becoming less costly and studies show that in the long term, switching investment to these types of ventures will make economic as well as climate sense. The time is right to tip the energy balance but it needs governments to make the first push.

A Moment to Celebrate Progress on Water and Sanitation

Margaret Batty | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Politics
Margaret Batty

Amid all the recent headlines around the UK's overseas aid, there was one very positive one last week: evidence of tens of millions of lives transformed.

Let's Follow Celebrity Suit and Talk

Leslie Sinoway | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK
Leslie Sinoway

This Menstrual Hygiene Day we want to get everyone talking about why #menstruationmatters. And you can help! Share this blog on Twitter and Facebook to start the conversation and help break the taboos about periods that are holding girls back.

World Humanitarian Summit: Drowning ... In Silence

Helen Morton | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Politics
Helen Morton

The image of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler washed ashore on a Turkish beach, is one of the most resonant of our times. A picture that changed the pi...

A Death on the Wild Coast: Murder and Mining in South Africa

Charlotte Allan | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK
Charlotte Allan

Global days of activism, such as today, therefore highlight the power of those who do have such facilities, in helping intimidated communities such as Xolobeni's in spreading the message of activism for them.

Better Lives for Girls Are Coming, But We Must Speed Up

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK
Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

We also need to see the reality of lives girls, so often overlooked. We need to hear the voice of girls like Gema and Maya: girls with insight into the barriers, with experience of overcoming them. Because the people who are really going to change things are girls themselves.

Time to Tackle the UK's Tax Havens

Charlie Matthews | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK
Charlie Matthews

Today's Anti-Corruption Summit in London is a golden opportunity to deliver on promises the Prime Minister made in 2013, and open up a new era of transparency and openness, with the UK at the forefront. Unfortunately, it looks as though what we will see instead is business as usual...

Aid to Education Has Again Gone Down

Aaron Benavot | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Aaron Benavot

Governments around the world have just signed up to an enormously ambitious and promising vision for education and lifelong learning over the next fifteen years, an agenda they know is crucial if even greater ambitions for sustainable development are to be realized by 2030.

English Language: A Persistent Issue in Indonesia

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Whenever she is called, Celina says frequently, 'Pardon', to clarify our utterances. With her authentic smile and shy character, she then said; 'I am sorry, my English is not good'. Celina arrived in Manchester with obsequious English skills and a simple dream; to work as a cleaner in a restaurant.

Infrastructure Morality

Lord Michael Hastings | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK
Lord Michael Hastings

I would like to thank James Stewart, Global Infrastructure Chairman, KPMG in the UK, for writing this article with me. The True Cost of Infrastructur...

Malnutrition in Sudan: An interview with UNICEF's Talal Mahjoub

Yousra Elbagir | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK
Yousra Elbagir

Sudan has one of the highest malnutrition rates in the Middle East and North Africa region. For the last forty years, one third of the population has suffered from irreversible chronic malnutrition - a life-long growth condition that has consistently plagued Sudanese children since 1987.

Papua, Peace, and Development

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Recently, four construction workers in Papua were shot dead by an unknown armed group. The individuals were shot while carrying out roadworks in Sinak...

Time to Bring the Invisible Girl Into the Spotlight

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

The Commission on the Status of Women kicks off this week in New York and the movement for girls' rights is growing ever more impatient for progress. ...

Can Mobile Learning Bridge the Digital Divide and Learning Gap?

Aaron Benavot | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Tech
Aaron Benavot

ICT for learning may be a trendy and popular topic as a blog on this site last week discussed, but the fact remains that children from poorer households are less likely to have access to ICT both in and out-of-school. As a result, they take longer to adapt to using the technology or hone their ICT skills.

Language in School: If You Don't Understand, How Can You Learn

Aaron Benavot | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

How a country chooses the language for its education system is not an easy process. The decision is usually influenced by multiple factors: colonial h...

Inequality and Older Age

Toby Porter | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK
Toby Porter

Ageism or age discrimination is arguably the last widespread, identity-based form of discrimination still to be tackled on a global scale. It perpetuates and heightens inequality, it dehumanises, and it holds us all back. Our human rights should not weaken as we age. We all hope to grow old. The 21st century will be an era of hyper longevity, so let's all come together to make our ageing world a great world to live in.