UK; DFID

Haiti: Five Things To Remember When Battling A Monster Storm And Its Fallout

Unni Krishnan | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
Unni Krishnan

We can't stop storms or earthquakes. But we can stop disasters turning into crises. In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, here is a list of five key things to remember during the relief and recovery effort in Haiti.

UK Development Aid: Money (Literally) Well Spent

Alistair Burnett | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK
Alistair Burnett

Since taking up her post a few months ago, Britain's new International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, has been talking up how she's going to crackdown on waste and fraud in the way her budget is spent. In her first speech to a Tory party conference as Secretary of State at the weekend, she continued in this vein, promising to "follow the money" to root out waste and corruption. A laudable ambition which no one can argue with. But what constitutes "waste" seems to depend quite a bit on your overall view of aid.

Globally United To #EndItForGood

James Whiting | Posted 20.09.2016 | UK
James Whiting

At Malaria No More UK, we know the importance of sustaining this momentum. We will continue to inspire the public, protect those most at risk and build partnerships with people and organisations who share our vision of a malaria-free world. And to borrow a hashtag from the Global Fund's inspiring replenishment campaign, this time lets stay united to #EndItForGood.

International Aid: A Way to Show Post-Brexit Britain Hasn't Turned Its Back on the World

Alistair Burnett | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK Politics
Alistair Burnett

Humility is required, but Britain's generous approach to international aid can be a pillar underpinning whatever new course the UK ends up taking in the world. It wasn't pressure from the EU that led the UK to achieve the 0.7% target - that was home-grown. So, leaving the EU doesn't have to mean a bleak future for Britain's international aid.

Seven Pence in Every £10 Is a Small Price to Help the World's Poorest

Mark Goldring | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK
Mark Goldring

When MPs debate the UK's aid target today, I hope we are presented with a full picture of the pros and cons of aid spending. I'm proud that Britain hasn't turned its back on the world's poorest - the fact that the rest of the world has not yet followed suit is a reason to carry on, not retrace our steps. We can and must continue to do better, but there should be no doubt that British aid is transforming the lives of millions of the most vulnerable people on the planet.

Aid Reform not Reduction Needed Post-World Humanitarian Summit

Simon O'Connell | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK
Simon O'Connell

Ending the UK's commitment to spend just 7p out of every £10 of our national wealth on international aid is not the answer. This will send the wrong signal to both the countries we are asking to commit to the same spending, and importantly to the hundreds of millions of the world's poorest who we are supporting to lift out of poverty once and for all.

Educate a Girl, And #SheWill Change the World

Amy Agnew | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK
Amy Agnew

It's so easy to take an education for granted. An education isn't just about learning to read and write - an education opens an entire world of possibilities. It opens up your mind, it unlocks your imagination and it empowers you to make choices that determine your own path in life.

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.

Will We Give Half the World a Voice?

Philip Goodwin | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK
Philip Goodwin

Unless we want to find ourselves in 2030 having failed to fulfil our commitments, writing another set of Global Goals, mourning the loss of a great opportunity for change, we must take the role of youth seriously. Young people have a passion for change that gives them the drive to shape the world they live in. In the mission to end poverty and deliver on the Global Goals, what better allies to have?

World Humanitarian Summit: A Humanitarian Contribution to Peace Is the Missing Piece of the Puzzle

Harriet Lamb | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK
Harriet Lamb

What do you have as your screensaver? While some companies allow staff to revel in their favourite sunset snap or their kids pulling hideous faces, others provide the screensavers to focus minds on the top priorities.

In Defence of Foreign Aid

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

A newspaper is like a puzzle. Journalists write material that fits the exact requirement of particular pages - news, sports, health, arts, business. L...

It's Time to Break the Chains of Dependency for Girls and Women

Justine Greening | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK Politics
Justine Greening

Throughout history, girls and women have often been invisible outside the home. Even now, in 2016, there are countries where women are prevented from getting a job, from owning their own land and even from setting up a bank account. This strips them of their independence. For every aspect of their lives, these women are completely reliant on someone else. It's time to break these chains of dependency. Now we have the chance. Today, the UN Secretary General announced he is establishing an expert team of leading politicians, expert economists, charity heads and business leaders to jumpstart a global movement on women's economic empowerment. I'm privileged to be joining this High Level Panel, alongside the President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim and many eminent names who will be announced over the next few weeks.

We Need to Defend the DfID Budget and Make Sure It Is Used for International Development

Diane Abbott | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

Prime Minister Questions last week saw Conservative MP Philip Davies argue (sadly echoing the comments of an MP from our own benches over the Christmas break) that money should be taken from the international development budget to pay for the much needed extra resources to deal with the consequences of the recent flooding. This is a false choice - however, it is not the only threat to Britain's international development budget.

Can Volunteering Tip the Balance in Favour of Better Global Compassion?

Philip Goodwin | Posted 26.11.2016 | UK
Philip Goodwin

In a world of increased polarisation between cultures, anything that lowers barriers is important. I joined VSO as chief executive in March of this year and in that time I have seen enough to convince me that there has never been a more important time to encourage people to volunteer internationally.

I Visited Ghana to See How Red Nose Day Cash is Changing Lives And Building Brighter Futures in Ghana

Kimberly Wyatt | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Kimberly Wyatt

When Cynthia invited me to help prepare lunch at her home in the rural village of Dwabor in Ghana I was so excited. Winning Celebrity MasterChef has really ignited my passion for food and I didn't expect to find such yummy cuisine in Ghana, like Cynthia's groundnut soup. It was also a great opportunity to speak to this incredible woman, mum to mum, about the huge dreams she has for her triplets Eric, Erica and Isobella. Money raised by UK schools and the public and matched by the UK government is improving education across Africa, giving children like the triplets a brighter future and the tools they need to escape poverty for good.

Hear Our Voices - Young Africans Decry Poor Quality Education

Charles Mwangi Waituru | Posted 24.09.2016 | UK Politics
Charles Mwangi Waituru

Just two weeks ago a young Kenyan volunteer called Felix Owino was invited to London to represent African youth at the first ever Youth Summit hosted ...

How Young People Are Saving the World

Philip Goodwin | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK
Philip Goodwin

Last Saturday I had the privilege of attending the first ever Youth Summit in London, organised by the UK government's Department for International De...

Graeme Demianyk

Overseas Aid Is Giving Women And Children A Chance

HuffingtonPost.com | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 29.08.2015 | UK Politics

At the heart of Britain's foreign aid programme is helping less well-off countries to help themselves. International Development Secretary of State J...

Time for the UK to Keep Its Promises on Global Tax Reform

Charlie Matthews | Posted 10.07.2016 | UK
Charlie Matthews

If Justine Greening was to change the UK's position on a global tax body, it would not only increase the chances of a successful agreement at Addis, but also generate a huge amount of goodwill which she could use to ensure greater progress on the UK's other priorities, such as gender equality.

Is UK Aid Really Being Squandered?

Amy Dodd | Posted 09.07.2016 | UK
Amy Dodd

At the most basic and essential level, aid is and will remain a vital source of funding for many countries who cannot yet raise enough tax to pay for much-needed social services and goods including things like education and healthcare but also in the longer term helping to build the capacity to raise and more effectively use those resources. UK aid contributes to building a fairer world where more people live free from poverty, fewer die from preventable causes like malnutrition or childbirth and there are more opportunities for all.

Who Will Pay for the End of Poverty?

Aaron Oxley | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Oxley

One of the things I love about my job is that I get to be optimistic every day. That's because I, and my colleagues working in international development, look at the problems of the world that are rooted in poverty and inequality, and refuse to accept that the world is not smart enough or rich enough to defeat them.

Challenging the Norm of Charity Comms at Cannes

Arabella Gilchrist | Posted 25.06.2016 | UK
Arabella Gilchrist

The tide is shifting. Backing social change is authentic, credible, tangible and doable. So let's use creativity and commitment - with more than a hint of bravery - to achieve the biggest humanitarian victory of the 21st century. Making malaria no more.

A World Free From Poverty by 2030 Involves an Agenda WITH Mental Health

Kat Pugh | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK
Kat Pugh

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Results UK, National Conference, where the theme was on the post-2015 agenda. Fittingly, with the proposed targe...

A Week Is a Long Time If You're Hungry

Aaron Oxley | Posted 11.06.2016 | UK
Aaron Oxley

This week we should celebrate these announcements and progress on nutrition. Thanks to commitments made at Nutrition for Growth in 2013 being met, and with the opportunities presented by the Financing for Development conference, we can ensure the good news for nutrition keeps coming in the months and years to come.

How to Get a World Free of Malaria

James Whiting | Posted 21.05.2016 | UK
James Whiting

Our generation can be proud of what is being achieved across global development - and the malaria fight is the poster child for what has been done and what could be. In the first half of the twenty first century there is the possibility of the eradication of the biggest disease in human history.