Development

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.

A Flight of Fancy - The Future of Learning

Dominic Irvine | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK
Dominic Irvine

The world of business is missing a trick. The greater use of simulation to help improve people's skills could lead to substantial improvements in performance. We should learn the lessons from other sectors.

Does the UK Really Want to Face the True Issues of Flooding?

Louis Sherman | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK
Louis Sherman

Instead of learning from nature many want to ignore it and say those want to use nature for flood protection are 'leftie environmentalist with no real-world idea'. The environment has provided us a lot so far, maybe if we allowed it some land it could help us a bit more.

From Paris to the Peanut Crop - Why the Climate Deal Must Not Forsake the World's Poorest

Barbara Frost | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK
Barbara Frost

The future of the UN's new Global Goals and the promises to end extreme poverty, the health and well-being of those who are most vulnerable, and even the fate of peanut crops like Diallo's are all at stake as these world leaders return home to consider the promises made. What is needed next is action to ensure finance for adaptation goes where it's most needed, and that the poorest and most vulnerable are given priority.

Tanzania Abolishes Secondary School Fees - But Does Anything Come for Free?

Aaron Benavot | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

Primary school children in Tanzania. Credit: Frans Peeters It is extremely good news to hear that the United Republic of Tanzania has cancelled schoo...

Gender Equality - It Can't Yet Be Counted But It Most Certainly Counts

Aaron Benavot | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

This week, we launched the 2015 EFA GMR Gender Summary in time for International Day of the Girl Child. As we noted in a previous blog this week, it s...

Don't Be Gender Blind - Take a Moment to Understand Gender Gaps in Education

Kate Redman | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK
Kate Redman

It may surprise many that, in global terms, girls make up just 52% of out of primary school age children. At the secondary level there are actually fe...

How Long Will It Take to End Child Malnutrition: 15 or 150 Years?

Sabrina de Souza | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Politics
Sabrina de Souza

If we get this right, my great-great-granddaughter won't be witnessing the end to malnutrition, I will. And so will you.

The Bitter Taste of Tax Avoidance

Anders Dahlbeck | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK
Anders Dahlbeck

Caroline Muchanga showing her market stall tax receipt Mazabuka is known as "the sweetest town in Zambia". The town's other source of fame, industri...

Will the Growth of Private Schooling Help Achieve Quality, Universal and Free Education?

Aaron Benavot | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK
Aaron Benavot

Last week, world leaders put their signature to 169 targets for the next 15 years. One of the education targets stands out in its scale of ambition: "...

Global Goals; Achievable for All?

Helen Morton | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Politics
Helen Morton

17 years. The average time that a refugee is displaced from their home. Following that logic, the babies of Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan, won't return to their home country, Syria, until they are adults.

SDGs: It's Time to Get Serious About Sustainable Development

David Nussbaum | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK
David Nussbaum

A few days ago WWF revealed that over the last few decades, the number of marine vertebrates in our seas has halved. Bird, fish, reptile and mammal p...

Opportunities Amidst the Migration Crisis

Gibril Faal | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Gibril Faal

In August 2015, there were about two million Syrian refugees in Turkey and they make up about 25% of the population of Lebanon. Even with the highest ...

Sustainable Development Goals - Utopian Fantasy or Economic No-brainer?

David Nussbaum | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK
David Nussbaum

Last week, following months of painstaking negotiations that may have passed many readers by, UN negotiators in New York completed their work to finalise the text of 'Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development', setting out the final text of 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Gavelling the Goals: Job done ... now the work begins

Helen Morton | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK
Helen Morton

The road from Rio, in June 2012, has been difficult to navigate. But it has also been creative, and, ultimately, constructive. We now have a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will shape how we view, and do, development for the coming decade and beyond. So, what are the wins?

No-one Can Do It Alone: Open Collaboration to Power the Next Generation of African Ventures

Beatrice Pembroke | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Tech
Beatrice Pembroke

President Obama's trip to Kenya this week kicked off at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, where he joined leading figures from across the continent ...

The Climate Negotiations in Paris - Time for Change

David Nussbaum | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Politics
David Nussbaum

These two meetings are the culmination of long, intensive processes, and present governments across the world with the chance to make bold decisions. If they rise to the challenge, they can set us all on a path to address the inter-connected crises of poverty, inequality, environmental degradation and climate change.