International Aid

The Need for an Afghan Voice in Reform

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

The Western World is aware that international assistance is required to help rebuild less developed countries... Unfortunately, there is a lack of awareness of what it takes to make these systems work in the different cultural settings. This is especially the case with Afghanistan, which is years behind in progress due to 35 years of conflict.

How Will Britain Help Iraq's 500,000 New Refugees?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK

Britain is to give £3 million of aid to Iraq as the first step in dealing with the humanitarian consequences of the bloody insurgency by Islamist ext...

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.

Don't Abandon Afghanistan Again - Its Poorest People Need and Deserve Our Support

Jehangir Malik | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK
Jehangir Malik

We need to focus as never before on the poorest and most vulnerable communities across the country, investing above all in the infrastructure of basic health and education services that will help lift people out of poverty. Afghanistan needs more schools, more health clinics and more trained teachers and health professionals to staff them.

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.

Is There a Problem With 'Little White Girls?'

Laura McCartan | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Laura McCartan

So for the past few weeks, social media seems incredibly concerned with an article written to explain why white people are damaging to hands on international aid. It seems that their money would be better spent from their homes, and given to people who know better. White people in the developing world are a negative, not just a hindrance.

One Million Babies Die On First Day Of Their Lives (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK

One million babies die on the first day of their lives every year, Save the Children has warned. But more than half of these deaths could be preven...

Jessica Elgot

Daily Mail Anti-Aid Campaign Is 'Dangerous' Global Poverty Experts Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK

Global poverty experts have expressed their shock and anger at the "outrageous" campaign to get Britain to drop its international aid budget in favour...

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...

Why a Lack of Toilets Is Costing the Earth

Girish Menon | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Girish Menon

Fourteen years ago, the UN set its Millennium Development Goals to cut in half the proportion of people without safe water and improved sanitation. Progress on the sanitation target has been incredibly, unacceptably slow.

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...

Why Our MPs Need to Support the International Development Bill (Gender Equality)

Karen Ruimy | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Politics
Karen Ruimy

On Friday morning, MPs in the House of Commons will have the chance to debate a Bill that could ensure that the UK becomes a trailblazer for gender equality for the rest of the world.

Open Our Borders to Syrian Refugees

James Snell | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

With religious and ethnic issues building up, the need for a pressure valve has never been greater. In allowing those who wish to do so to flee the country, formerly selfish nations can play a serious positive role in the region.

RAF Plane With 'Aid From The British People' Heads To Philippines

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK

Emblazoned with the words “UK aid from the British people”, two JCB diggers, two Land Rovers and a forklift truck are being flown to the typhoon-h...

Bringing the Party Along

Charlie Matthews | Posted 07.12.2013 | UK Politics
Charlie Matthews

Many people may not have expected the Conservatives to include in their 2010 manifesto a pledge to spend 0.7% of national income on international aid....

What Has Aid Ever Done for Growth?

Girish Menon | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK
Girish Menon

As part of this debate, WaterAid is calling for everyone, everywhere to have access to water and sanitation by 2030. We are delighted to see that there is a growing consensus that these basic essential life saving services are crucial for lifting people out of poverty.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Avengers Assemble, Anti-Austerity Edition

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Sunday 23 June 2013... 1) AVENGERS ASSEMBLE, ANTI-AUSTERITY EDITION From the Huffington Post: Union leader...

If We Want Smarter Aid, Start With Nutrition

Nadhim Zahawi | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK Politics
Nadhim Zahawi

At a time when across the developed world public finances are under pressure, we must ensure our aid investments are cost-effective. Tackling child malnutrition could add $125 billion to the global economy each year by 2030. Yet only 0.37 per cent of aid globally is spent directly on tackling the problem. This is clearly a missed opportunity.

Disability and the Post 2015 Framework: A Politics of Hope

Dominic Haslam | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Politics
Dominic Haslam

As many readers of this blog will know, the UN Secretary General's High Level Panel (HLP) of Eminent Persons on what comes after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015 is due to report at the end of May.

International Aid Law 'Cynically Dropped To Appease Tory MPs'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 08.05.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has been accused of using international development as a "cynical weapon" to win over Tory backbenchers after a pledge to legally commit...

Haiti - Building Resilience

Justine Greening | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK Politics
Justine Greening

The eyes of the world may now be turned elsewhere, but Haiti remains one of the most vulnerable places on earth, battered repeatedly by earthquakes, cyclones, floods, landslides, drought, and epidemics. Hurricanes routinely knock up to 15% from GDP. The total volume of humanitarian aid to Haiti since 2001 exceeds $4billion. The challenge ahead is stark.

Pay Your Taxes If You Want Aid Cash, MPs Tell Pakistan

Posted 04.04.2013 | UK Politics

A huge increase in British aid to Pakistan should be cancelled until the country's elite start to pay taxes, MPs have said. The International Devel...

International Aid - It's the Wrong Frame

Jonathan Caleb-Landy | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Caleb-Landy

The recent furore over the British international aid budget exposes a failure by the government and aid giving agencies to communicate the good work that they undertake in the developing world.

Greening To Outline New British Business Involvement In Aid Abroad

PA | Posted 11.03.2013 | UK Politics

Football's Premier League and top British firms have called on David Cameron to keep his commitment to devote 0.7% of national income on international...