Global Poverty

Orphanages Are Not A Holiday Destination: The Problem With Voluntourism and 'Poverty Porn'

Philip Ellis | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK
Philip Ellis

As the market research keeps telling us, millennials are all about experiences. And when it comes to life-enriching experiences, there's nothing more fulfilling than volunteering in an orphanage in a developing country, right? Fulfilling for the volunteer, maybe.

Mission Possible - Delivering Global Goals Through the Power of Volunteering

Philip Goodwin | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK
Philip Goodwin

Like our programmes, our volunteers are diverse and operating all around the world, but one thing unites them. Regardless of age, location, background or experience, all volunteers have a part to play in delivering the Global Goals. This mission would be impossible without them.

A Fair Chance for Every Child

Mike Penrose | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK
Mike Penrose

Every child, no matter where they are born, has the right to a healthy start in life, the right to an education and the right to a safe, secure childhood. But around the world, millions of children are being denied these rights, for no other reason than the country, community, the gender or the circumstances into which they are born. We cannot and we must not let this huge injustice continue.

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?

Ending Extreme Poverty Will Require New Ways of Working

Philip Goodwin | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK
Philip Goodwin

In terms of its ambition and scope, nothing quite like the Global Goals has ever been attempted. If successful, the impact on all our lives would be profound. It would be one of our defining accomplishments, but if we don't take these principles of cooperation on board, we may well be placing humanity's greatest endeavour out of our reach even before the ink has set on its agreement.

What Would You Do If Your Wealth Were $28Billion?

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

What sort of system have we created that relentlessly siphons wealth from the poor to the richest 1%, and in the process deprives humanity of the resources that could bring happiness, contentment and joy to billions of people? When, oh when, will world leaders take concrete steps to remedy this injustice and unfairness?

The Bitter Taste of Tax Avoidance

Anders Dahlbeck | Posted 08.10.2016 | 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...

The World Has Written an Impressive To-do List - Time to Start Crossing Things Off

Barry Johnston | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
Barry Johnston

A just and safe world for all people won't emerge spontaneously from a tidy catalogue of aspirations or a "bureaucratic exercise of drawing up long lists of good proposals" as the Pope described it. It has to be created. That is the task ahead. And it needs to be at the top of all of our lists.

What Children's Dreams Can Tell Us About Our Societies

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

I love talking to children. They are so unaffected and they can tell you so much more about a society, and in a much more nuanced way, than famous politicians, experts, journalists, and the like. They are even better than taxi drivers who tend to provide such a deconstruction of the social and political life of their country that sometimes I want to say to them - please, take me back to the airport!

Impoverished Families Are Being Forced To Live In An Aeroplane Graveyard

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK

Desperate families unable to pay the high rents of the developing city of Bangkok, Thailand, are taking shelter in abandoned passenger jets in an aero...

Achieving Sustainable Development That Leaves No One Behind

Dr Nawal Al-Hosany | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK
Dr Nawal Al-Hosany

As the UAE Government joins global policymakers at the UNGA and COP21, the Zayed Future Energy Prize will continue to identify and reward the businesses, organisations, schools and individuals that may define the success of global commitments on the future of sustainability.

Youth Clubs: Helping Young People Find their Voice

Ruby Wright | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ruby Wright

Youth clubs in the UK provide a similar function to the ones in Bangladesh. Young people have the chance to help in the community, play sports, and receive vocational training. In Bangladesh, this is where VSO volunteers came in - training youth club staff and organising vocational courses for youth club members.

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

Helen Morton | Posted 02.08.2016 | 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?

Africa Rising from the Ground Up

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 24.07.2016 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

When I started thinking about this blog, I had quite decided to write about charitable giving. Why we all need to do more and give more to support those less fortunate than ourselves because if we don't who else will?

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.

Inclusive Capitalism: People Should Replace Profit as the Bottom Line

Mark Goldring | Posted 25.06.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Goldring

As Mark Carney and others have said, greater fairness is needed, because without it, the social contract that binds us together is weakened. When people feel that the playing field is far from level, that the rules are rigged by those with power and influence to work against them and their children, society begins to feel the strain.

Unpacking the G7 Agenda: Recognising Neglected Tropical Diseases

Ilya Jones | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK
Ilya Jones

Whilst international security and the global economy are likely to dominate news coverage surrounding the G7 meeting in early June, there is another important point on the group's agenda that we should be paying close attention to. Among other health issues, diseases of poverty - or more specifically, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) - will be a focal point for the summit meetings.

Let's Not Forget Seasonal Hunger in Sustainable Development Policymaking

Libby Blanchard | Posted 21.05.2016 | UK
Libby Blanchard

Agricultural development through productivity improvements, crop intensification, irrigation, and investment in infrastructure has significantly improved food security and the seasonal dimension of hunger worldwide in recent years. Yet seasonal hunger still persists among the rural poor, and should not be lost within poverty statistics or forgotten when addressing chronic hunger in policymaking.

To Address Poverty, We Need Addresses

Chris Sheldrick | Posted 14.05.2016 | UK Tech
Chris Sheldrick

Let's be clear: an address is not a "nice-to-have". Without it, you will struggle to get a passport, stake a property claim, become an active consumer, take out a low-interest credit, or run a business.

Living Below the Line So That Others Can Rise Above It

Jeremy Horner | Posted 01.05.2016 | UK
Jeremy Horner

At emerge poverty free we work through local partners in East Africa to help people lift themselves out of poverty. Sometimes this is through an education project or by provision of clean water, and sometimes it is by establishing a demonstration farm, so that local communities can learn about improved farming techniques and better crops.

Can Governments Deliver a Fairytale Ending for All?

Helen Morton | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK
Helen Morton

That people's outcomes in life shouldn't be determined by their income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, disability or geography is a truly transformative notion that could shift the course of global development - for good. But it's also a tall order.

My Friend Died Last Week - Tax Could Have Saved His Life

Max Lawson | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK
Max Lawson

I will not accept a world where the wealthy are allowed to collude with their cashiers to squirrel away billions to gather dust in vaults in Geneva, when that money could have paid for insulin to save my friend.

The Key to Unlocking this African Moment

Charles Mwangi Waituru | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK
Charles Mwangi Waituru

When grassroots communities described their realities, they taught me that the development they envisioned is not the same as the development the majority of the world imagines they want. In their own narrative, the strongest message from communities is a deep desire to be given the ability to do it for themselves.

Game of Thrones: Why the British Monarchy Must Go

Josh Marshall | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK
Josh Marshall

you might be thinking that in modern day, 2014, Britain, we've forgotten this feudal nonsense from the middle-ages! We've moved on Into a prosperous, egalitarian secularist society which rewards people based on merit!? Well we haven't!

2015: A Year to Celebrate a Global Connectedness

Hans Zomer | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK
Hans Zomer

2014 was a difficult year for those of us who like to take the optimist's view of life. Airplanes disappeared, a killer disease spread across West Afr...