Charities Need Effective Governance and Excellent Trustees - And Some Should Be Remunerated

John Tizard | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK
John Tizard

The closure of Kids Company over the summer was one further case study in the importance of effective charity governance. Kids Company was high profil...

'Why I Support the Academisation of Underachieving and Coasting Schools'

Charlie Rigby | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Rigby

Contrary to the criticism it has received, last week's plans in the education bill that all underachieving and coasting schools will be converted into academies is one that should be welcomed. Far too much scaremongering has accompanied the bill thus far with far too little reference to the positives.

The Charity Sector Should Not Be Afraid of Being Transparent and Open

John Tizard | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Rather than wait for a future government to impose new requirements the sector should develop its own transparency standards and promote their adoption by all charities.The principle should be that charities believe in transparency and will adopt exemplar practice.

When Jordan's Sharia Court Allows a Minor to Convert to Islam

Rana sabbagh | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK
Rana sabbagh

n Jordan, a moderate yet socially-conservative country and for long a beacon for religious co-existence in a turbulent region where intolerance and hate speech is on the rise, a Sharia court has allowed a minor to convert to Islam.

Charity Regulation: Time to Debate the Fundamentals, Not Just the Charity Commission and Its Chair

John Tizard | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The re-appointment of William Shawcross as Chair of the Charity Commission has understandably and rightly sparked much media and charity sector interest in his views and political allegiance as well as the role of the Commission itself. The latter is old news...

Who are you going to Trust?

Michael Møller | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK
Michael Møller

When we lose someone's trust, we realize we have taken it for granted. And once lost, it is close to impossible to regain. Trust binds our world tog...

A Message for 2015 to Charity Sector Leaders: Step Up - or Step Aside

John Tizard | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The charity and wider voluntary and community sector faces many challenges, most of which originate externally. However, I do fear that an unfortunate proportion (hopefully not too large a proportion)of these challenges are self-generated, and of these, it seems to me that far too many stem from within these organisations' executive and trustee leadership teams.

How to Empower Donors: Bringing Clarity to Charity

Pratik Dattani | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK
Pratik Dattani

Dan Pallota asked the staggering question - what if everything we've been taught about charity is dead wrong? What if tools like ACC can help us go beyond just financial metrics but understand real impact, reward charities with the biggest accomplishments and support those who need it? Wouldn't the world be a better place?

Citizen Empowerment: New Technology Gives a Voice to the Voiceless

Loren Treisman | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Tech
Loren Treisman

While technology is not a panacea for social problems, it has the potential to connect citizens to information on the laws and people that govern them at a lower cost and larger scale than ever before and to make all voices count.

Governance in 2014

Dr Sania Nishtar | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Sania Nishtar

Corruption is not just a cost; it is a curse that deeply affects individuals as well as the state system. It is the single most important obstacle to economic growth and development. It is devastating for investment and growth on the one hand, and denies the poor of equal opportunity and basic services, on the other.

Pakistan: Governance in 2014

Dr Sania Nishtar | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Sania Nishtar

Part - I However, assessing governance effectiveness is a challenging task from an empirical standpoint and often information has its limitations in ...

Gen Y Can Influence Change in Leadership and Governance

Charles Oliver | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Charles Oliver

Youth unemployment levels cannot be wholly improved without effective policy by national governments, nor education in our schools that needs to adapt to the requirements of the 21st century. Arguably, global business will struggle to become more responsible without an element of legislative steer too.

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark... Data

Nick Patience | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Nick Patience

It's the dawn of the living data and information growth is out of control; companies are ending up with Terabytes or Petabytes of information. Successful organisations run and are dependent on information.

Big Data: Businesses Must Remember to Take Out Their Rubbish

Nick Patience | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Tech
Nick Patience

In the wake of revelations and consumer backlash against PRISM, big businesses around the world are coming under increasing pressure to give users more insight into and guarantees about how they are using their data.

Why Wait to Design a Better World for All?

Henriette Kolb | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK
Henriette Kolb

Last week, the UN High Level Panel issued its recommendations for a framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals after they come to an end in 2015.

African Union at 50: Has It Been Good for Peace?

Phil Vernon | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Politics
Phil Vernon

At its onset in 1963, the OAU was a vehicle for pan-African solidarity at a time of liberation struggle. Its successor, the AU, is part of the international peacebuilding system. It has made a significant contribution to peace in Africa.

What Are the Social Sector's Skills and Leadership Needs?

Dame Mary Marsh | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK
Dame Mary Marsh

There is a role that we all have to play in responding to the changing skills needs that we will continue to face, and the diversity of the sector will mean that different organisations will need to reflect on these broader themes and identify priorities and appropriate solutions that work for them.

Great Strides and Great Plans? Justine Greening Sets Out DFID's Priorities

Katy Wilson | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK Politics
Katy Wilson

Great strides have been made and great plans are underway in DFID. Now we need to ensure these plans are sustainable, beneficial to the majority of the poor, and have impact.

Pakistan: Mega Misnomers

Dr Sania Nishtar | Posted 10.04.2013 | UK
Dr Sania Nishtar

What has gone wrong? Why can't we get our act together? Although a number of factors contribute to this quagmire, it is the misuse and abuse of three attributes of state governance that is the root cause of many of the problems we face today - politics, democracy, and accountability are the most widely misunderstood words in the country.

From Theory to Reality: South-South Cooperation in Africa

Dr Malte Gerhold | Posted 10.02.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Malte Gerhold

Earlier this year David Cameron held a high-level meeting in Downing Street with world leaders from Brazil and Liberia amongst others to begin the tas...

Charity Trustees - More Than a Fiduciary Role!

John Tizard | Posted 08.02.2013 | UK Politics
John Tizard

I have had many years' experience of as a trustee and have also been a senior executive in a major charity advising and supporting trustees. Whilst no two situations are the same, there are many general lessons that can be drawn from the collective experience across charities of various sizes and with varying missions.

The Muslim Youth Helpline's Survival Depends on Strong Leadership

Furqan Naeem | Posted 04.09.2012 | UK
Furqan Naeem

In the last few months the Muslim Youth Helpline (MYH) has been through a number of trials and tribulations that have been well documented.

Leadership, Not Aid, is the Key to Development

Ashish Prashar | Posted 13.05.2012 | UK Politics
Ashish Prashar

Just under a year ago I volunteered for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation in Sierra Leone, this experience taught the value of leadership and how it is so integral to the success of development in Africa.

Pesticides Create Pests, Don't They?

Professor Sir Gordon Conway | Posted 12.02.2012 | UK
Professor Sir Gordon Conway

Since the 1960s we have known that pesticides when used without care and attention will cause insect pest outbreaks. But we never seem to learn.

From Food Security to Wealth Creation: Why African Agriculture Matters

Professor Sir Gordon Conway | Posted 30.01.2012 | UK
Professor Sir Gordon Conway

Popular legend has it that victorious Roman invaders, as they secured their conquest of Carthage in 146 B.C., further devastated the city by scattering salt over the land. Their actions sought to prevent their Phoenician enemies from rebuilding their metropolis.