Development

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 scho...

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, industr...

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.

Will Multinational Companies Save the Poor?

Lord Michael Hastings | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK
Lord Michael Hastings

Reflections on the Financing for Development Conference On the 13th - 16th July 2015 Heads of State met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to decide where the ...

To Advance Food Security, Cold Chains Have to Get Moving

Toby Peters | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Tech
Toby Peters

The affordability of food requires populations to have access to enough nutritional produce at a stable price. For farmers to see a return on their produce, it must retain its value in transit and be kept fresh.

What 57 Seconds of Shaking Left Behind - A Visit to Nepal

Philip Goodwin | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK
Philip Goodwin

Standing in Chautara village, I got a 360 degree view of rubble-lined streets, buildings that had been yanked from their foundations and homes teetering off the hilltops. This is the true scale of devastation left by the Nepal earthquake.

Fear and Respect- Different Management Styles

Paul Bailey | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK
Paul Bailey

Allowing your employees to have input in the business is also a sign that you respect them. You also need to accept the fact that there are some things where your employees are better than you. Giving people credit for their skills is one of the ways you can earn respect.

NHS Staffing Issues Are Part of a Wider Global Crisis

Sarah K Edwards | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK
Sarah K Edwards

In the UK, NHS staffing is at the top of the news agenda with the reliance on agency staff as a result of NHS shortages making the headlines. Health worker shortages are not just an issue for the UK however. Globally we are short of 7.2million. This is more than just a shortage - this is a crisis.

Tackling Climate Change Does More Than Tackle Climate Change

Joe Ware | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Joe Ware

One of the rocks that climate change sceptics like to throw at those advocating action to tackle climate change is that it's all very well for the rich developed world to reduce its carbon footprint but it's immoral to ask the world's poor to give up cheap energy such as coal. Yes, climate change may be happening, they say, but it's unfair to pull up the fossil fuel ladder from developing countries.

Drugs Are a Development Issue - It's Time for a New Approach

Sarah K Edwards | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Sarah K Edwards

As governments, policy makers, academics and civil society gather together, it is time to call for a new approach that puts public health, human rights and development at the heart of global drugs policy.

Your Baby At Three Months

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Parents

Your two to three-month-old baby is learning fast, and you'll be amazed at how accomplished he can become in quite a short time. During this period of...