UK; DFID

The Trouble With Aid

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK
Hannah Beckerman

I suspect most of us want to see an effective international aid programme. But only by addressing some of the institutional processes by which money is awarded and projects assessed are we likely to feel as confident as we ought that British international aid is making the difference it should, and difference it could.

UK Aid: Does the Anti-Corruption Response Need to Improve?

Robert Barrington | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Politics
Robert Barrington

One solution comes quickly to mind, but should be banished equally quickly. The answer is not to stop giving aid. That punishes poor people twice: with corrupt government, and by taking away the funds needed for health, education and the other Millennium Development Goals...

She Is a Girl, Yes, But She Is Not Helpless... She Is a Survivor, Not Ours to Save... She Is Her Own Advocate

Emma Fulu | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK
Emma Fulu

The International Day of the Girl Child recognises the specific barriers faced by girls globally that inhibit their potential to act in and shape the world around them, and Malala is a perfect example for us. She is a girl, yes. But she is not helpless. She is a survivor, not ours to save. She is her own advocate.

How the Girl Generation Came to Be

Efua Dorkenoo | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK
Efua Dorkenoo

The issue of female genital mutilation (FGM) requires urgent action: more than 125 million girls and women alive today have undergone FGM - the equivalent of Kenya's entire population almost three times over...

It Takes More Than Words to Beat Ebola

Adrian Lovett | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK
Adrian Lovett

It is hard to imagine a crisis with the severity and reach of the Ebola epidemic currently sweeping West Africa. The outbreak of this deadly virus has presented the biggest global health emergency we've seen in years, perhaps even decades.

UK Aid, Skill Holes and the 0.7%

Jane Quinn | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Politics
Jane Quinn

The political commitment is there and the achievements are clear. But in a time of austerity, where poorer people are suffering increased deprivation in the UK, why should we be giving so much money to overseas aid and then enshrining that giving in law?

Unicef School Clubs Help Syrian Children Catch Up During Summer Break

Razan Rashidi | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK
Razan Rashidi

For thousands of children in Syria, summer vacation is no longer about taking a break from their hectic school lives. On the contrary, with displacement and violence regularly interrupting normal classes, many children around the country used their summer break to visit school clubs and catch up on lost school days.

It Is Time to Disband DfID

Alastair Roderick | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

This country needs a foreign policy, but increasingly it has two. One is NATO summits, and conference calls with the White House: a global player, but whose star is on the wane. The other is as a self-declared aid superpower. DFID appears as a new Colonial Office whose role is to manage relations with poor countries.

Time to Act on LGBT Rights in Africa

Kevin Watkins | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK
Kevin Watkins

In a taped recording he left to be played in the event of his assassination, Harvey Milk, America's first openly gay elected official, left a message for our times. "All young people," he said, "regardless of their sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment to achieve their full potential." Nowhere is the world further from that goal than in Africa.

2014: A Landmark Year for Disability and Development?

Dominic Haslam | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK
Dominic Haslam

The call for DFID to make concrete commitments to include people with disabilities has been growing over the last decade. 2014 marks the year where these calls have been heard. We look forward to working with DFID to ensure people with disabilities are at the heart of the decisions to come, the impact of which could change the lives of millions.

So the England World Cup Squad Are Taking Their Anti-malarials. But What's the Real Headline?

James Whiting | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK
James Whiting

Whilst the England squad or holiday makers taking anti-malarials can make the news and raises critical awareness, the story behind the headlines is that a child still needlessly dies every minute from this preventable disease which costs less than a cup of coffee to treat.

Meet Solo and Ze, the Girls on the Side of the Bus

Emily Graham | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK
Emily Graham

Some 748million people around the world do not have access to safe water. That is one person in 10. Around the world, it is nearly always up to girls and women to hike treacherous paths to fetch water and carry that heavy burden home to their families.

Ending Child Malnutrition: Never Before Have We Been So Forearmed

Sabrina de Souza | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Politics
Sabrina de Souza

That said, we have to remember that while money is necessary, it is not sufficient on it's own to tackle undernutrition. Last year was also an opportunity to share best practices, learn from each others successes and share new innovations that could bolster nutrition efforts.

Time to Refocus Development Aid?

Chris Heaton-Harris | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Heaton-Harris

As a Brit, I am proud that our government is spending 0.7% of our GDP on international development; but I am concerned that we have failed to understand the pervasive inequality facing people with learning disabilities. We must commit to correcting this failure and bringing about the more just world that the architects of the MDGs had in mind... but how?

Cut Aid To Pakistan Unless It Cracks Down On Extremism, Say MPs

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK

Britain should cut aid spending to Pakistan and divert it to poorer countries unless "clear evidence" is produced that it is helping reduce Islamic ex...

Unlocking the Potential of the World's One Billion People With Disabilities

Dominic Haslam | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Politics
Dominic Haslam

Last week I heard that Lawrence, a young boy I met a while ago in Kenya, had passed his exams and scored in the top 25 per cent of children in the country. What is exceptional is that Lawrence is blind.

Time to Celebrate! Our New Law Will Help Millions Around the World...

Karen Ruimy | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Politics
Karen Ruimy

In 2010 Jason McCue, Mariella Frostrup and I had an idea. It was more of a question really. Why, when it is proven that when women are brought into the economic and political debate there is a visible and positive change, are there no laws protecting women around the developing world?

Is Aid Really Making the World Fairer?

Barbara Frost | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK
Barbara Frost

You may be surprised to learn that over the past decade, a third of the money pledged by aid donors for water and sanitation has failed to be delivered. That's US$27.6 billion out of the US$81.2 billion committed since 2002. This is a staggering amount of money. It could have helped hundreds of millions of people gain access to water and sanitation.

First UK Prosecution for FGM Is a Watershed Moment

Efua Dorkenoo | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK
Efua Dorkenoo

The public is increasingly engaged and motivated to act. The relevant policy is in place and front line professionals are being slowly equipped with the tools and information they need to ensure that FGM is streamlined into their child safeguarding procedures. There is no reason to continue to fail our girls.

Funding a Future Generation: Where No Child Is Left Behind

Kat Pugh | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK
Kat Pugh

This week I attended the Commonwealth Observance Day service, where I was privileged to hear from Lord Coe, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Malala Yousafzai. The theme of the event centred around team as the Commonwealth builds up to the 2014 games.

Funding a Future Generation: Is Global Education on the Right Track?

Kat Pugh | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Kat Pugh

n a Western society, words are everywhere. Adverts on the tube, bus on billboards. There are words on our mobile phones, we can get apps which tell us the latest news, which tells us what is trending and which celebrity is pregnant, has been arrested or has overdosed...

Empty Words or Promises of Hope for Syria?

Jehangir Malik | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK
Jehangir Malik

Words cannot describe the hopelessness I felt emanating from these camps, and I am not surprised that so many families decide to take the next step and leave Syria altogether. If we could just get access and reach them, it might not solve the conflict, but it would lessen the burden for families who have lost everything and ease the pressure on neighbouring countries.

Give Loans, Not Donations, To Poor Countries, Say MPs

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK

More overseas aid should be given in the form of loans rather than donations, with grants restricted to the poorest countries or for emergency situati...

Are the Tax Practices of Large Businesses in Danger of Undermining Justine Greening's Aid Strategy?

Professor Mick Moore | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Politics
Professor Mick Moore

International Development Secretary Justine Greening has recently announced that Britain will more than double its investment in promoting economic growth in developing countries, to help end their dependency on aid.

Disability and DfID: Leave No One Behind

Barbara Frost | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK
Barbara Frost

If you have any doubt as to why we think the UK's Department for International Development should prioritise disability, look no further than the situation of Esther Cheelo. Blind, elderly and with difficulty walking, Esther has for years relied upon a child to walk her into the scrubland near her home in Zambia to find a place to relieve herself, a humiliating and sometimes dangerous experience...