International Aid

Six Months On From The Panama Papers, Here's Five Ways For Theresa May To Tackle Tax Dodging

Charlie Matthews | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK
Charlie Matthews

The new UK Prime Minister Theresa May set out her stall early, promising on the steps of Downing Street that her tax policy would "prioritise not the wealthy, but you" and pledging that "we have decided to do more to stop aggressive tax avoidance and to fight corruption". It all sounds very promising, but success will depend on how she puts her words into action. Ahead of her speech to Conservative Party Conference we look at what she can do...

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.

International Day Of Charity - Challenging Public Perceptions

Sarah Nancollas | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK
Sarah Nancollas

As a sector, we've been burying our heads in the sand and hoping that the negative press and public opinion will soon subside but it's been a year and the angst and anguish doesn't seem to be getting any better. The longer there is a misconception about the work we do, the fewer funds there are being brought in and, as a result, fewer lives are being changed.

Brexit's Biggest Threat Is to the Poorest - Here and Abroad

Henrietta Moore | Posted 24.07.2016 | UK Politics
Henrietta Moore

We mustn't further punish the poorest in Britain or around the world because of the decision to leave the EU. Theresa May will already be thinking of what will define her premiership; spreading prosperity more equitably at home and abroad would be something to be truly proud of.

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.

Three in Four Women Experience Harassment and Violence in Their City

Sarah Carson | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK
Sarah Carson

On International Safe Cities for Women Day, ActionAid is calling on the UK government to fund the life changing work of women's rights organisations in developing countries, so that no woman or girl has to live in fear of violence in her city.

Hunger Hurts: How Would Nigella Feed a Family During a Drought?

Himaya Quasem | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK
Himaya Quasem

The young women I met in Somaliland worry about the same things I do, but they are feeling fear instead of relief. Hunger is hurting families in Somaliland. Women, girls and mothers deserve our support. It's time to act before things get worse.

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.

Hunger Hurts: Extreme Weather is Killing Crops and Causing Hunger

Mike Noyes | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK
Mike Noyes

El Nino has caused the lowest recorded rainfall across parts of Southern Africa in decades. Crops and livestock are dying as drought takes hold. El Nino has already made more than 34 million people hungry in Eastern and Southern Africa. That number is set to double in the next 12 months.

The Global Goals: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back on Women's Rights?

Girish Menon | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK
Girish Menon

The Global Goals could be the catalyst for global change but the battle for transformative progress on ending poverty and inequality and the fight for gender equality does not end with these commitments - in many ways we are still at the beginning.

The Good People No One Wants to Know

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK
Dr. Michael Laitman

There is a small country whose citizens often go out of their way to help other nations. Its government is always the first to respond to crises where...

Glastonbury Organisers Are Doing Something Amazing To Help Syrian Refugees

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK

Glastonbury festival organisers on Tuesday donated tickets to next year's event for an auction to raise money for refugees. There are 10 lots in th...

Television's Vital Role in Disaster Relief Must Not Be Forgotten

Clive Jones | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Clive Jones

There's another side to the great gogglebox in the corner of our living rooms. TV - in fact British TV specifically - has been the driving force behind humanitarian work that has helped millions of the world's most desperate people. I'm the chair of trustees of the Disasters Emergency Committee, which represents the UK's leading international aid agencies when fundraising for humanitarian emergencies. The DEC has been phenomenally successful, in 67 appeals it has raised more than £1.5billion, including £352million for the Tsunami, £97million for the Philippines Typhoon and, more recently £83 million for the Nepal Earthquake appeal.

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.

Nepal Earthquake: The Crisis Outside Kathmandu Valley

Megan Tara Blade | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Tara Blade

The 7.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday morning can only be described as a 'nightmare waiting to happen'. Mega-quakes like this one happen roughly every 80 years in Nepal, with over 9000 people being killed the earthquake of 1934. When I visited last year the possibility of another devastating earthquake was a matter of 'when' rather than 'if', however Nepal was in no way prepared for it...

Nine Ways We Are Beating the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

Nathalie MacDermott | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK
Nathalie MacDermott

The Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa is unprecedented in not only the scale of the epidemic but its spread. It has overwhelmed national health systems and left international experts wondering how to address an epidemic on such a scale.

0.7% Towards a Better Future

Stephen_Brown | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen_Brown

Through our support for Overseas Aid, Britain saves a life every two minutes and today an overwhelming majority of MPs voted to guarantee it in law. Spending just 70p out of every £100 in tax collected is changing the face of our planet - to the betterment of the world's poorest and yes, to us too.

MPs Must Grab Chance to Cement UK's Status as Global Leader in Fight Against Poverty

Mark Goldring | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Goldring

Friday's Parliamentary vote on Michael Moore's Private Members' Bill is a chance for MPs to reconfirm the UK's status as a global leader in the fight against poverty. I urge them to grasp it. It is surely not too much to ask the UK to continue to give 7p in every £10 of national income to help the world's poorest people...

Changing the Future for Those With Disabilities

Dominic Haslam | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK
Dominic Haslam

Of the billion people worldwide who have a disability, the vast majority live in developing countries. People with disabilities represent some of the most excluded of all groups in the community. They are less likely to have access to healthcare and education, and in turn find making a livelihood and escaping poverty that much more difficult, if not impossible.

The Trouble With Aid

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 31.12.2014 | 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.

A Labour MP Thinks Ukip Would 'Decimate' Efforts To Tackle Ebola

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Politics

Ukip would "decimate" Britain's aid budget and hamper efforts to tackle the Ebola virus, a Labour MP has suggested. Speaking in the House of Common...

The Solution to 'Humanitarian Trips'

Aloïs Angebault | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Aloïs Angebault

Our partnership with Nuaké is sustainable, we have a relationship based on trust -few similar projects can claim the same- and I think we both benefited and gained a lot from this experience...

The Need for an Afghan Voice in Reform

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 11.10.2014 | 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...