International Development

World Humanitarian Summit: Progress Towards Better Aid for Those in Need

Johan Eldebo | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Politics
Johan Eldebo

A few weeks ago I was in the Central African Republic, one of the most complex humanitarian crises I have experienced. 420,000 people are internally displaced and over 2.3 million people are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. This is about half of the population of the CAR.On top of going through numerous coup d'états since its independence, this war-torn country also has some of the lowest human development indicators in the world.

The EU and the Commonwealth - The UK's Place in Both

Hugo Swire | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Politics
Hugo Swire

Some have suggested that Brexit is a patriotic cause. And to argue for the UK to remain in the EU is somehow unpatriotic. I reject that entirely. I, as Britain's Minister for the Commonwealth, believe that the patriotic thing to do is what is in our country's long term interests. And I believe these interests are best served by re-committing to the Commonwealth and to a reformed EU.

It Is Right to Question Foreign Aid, But We Must Remember the Vital Causes It Serves

Phil Vernon | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK
Phil Vernon

On 13th June, the UK Parliament will debate the proposition that the government's approach to foreign aid is flawed. This is based on a petition initi...

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.

My Biggest Hope for the World Humanitarian Summit

Diane Abbott | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

My biggest hope for the World Humanitarian Summit is that resources are allocated to support grass roots women-led organisations, which have been shown to have the greatest impact in delivering both safety for the women of the global south and prosperity for their communities.

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.

Older Voices in Humanitarian Crises: Calling for Change

Toby Porter | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK
Toby Porter

We need to listen to the very people we are failing, those who are vulnerable and unable to access appropriate help when needed. The World Humanitarian Summit is an opportunity to make that change - we must not let it slip through our grasp.

Worlds Apart: A Girl's Eye View of Hunger

Himaya Quasem | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK
Himaya Quasem

Nimah's family has lost 25 of their 35 sheep to the drought. If the remaining sheep are lost it could tip the family into destitution. Without livestock they will have nothing to eat or trade with. This prospect makes Nimah fear for her younger siblings.

Britain Has Been Instrumental in the Yemen Humanitarian Effort - But Questions Must Be Asked of Arms Transfers to Saudi Arabia

Stephen Twigg | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Twigg

The International Development Committee is encouraged by DFID's focus on the long term development of Yemen and the department's support for UN efforts to facilitate peace talks. We urge the Government to apply pressure on all parties to the conflict so we can see progress in the peace talks and particularly to ensure that the accompanying ceasefire is adhered to by all sides.

Central African Republic: Helping the Most Vulnerable in the Most Difficult Places

Johan Eldebo | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Politics
Johan Eldebo

Last year one of my visits to the Central African Republic (CAR) ended in an evacuation across the river into the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as intense fighting shook Bangui, the capital city where we were. The night after we crossed the river we could clearly see and hear the artillery shells and the explosions in Bangui, wondering about the fate of the people still there and the future of the country.

Nepal - New Year, New Hope

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

None of this would have been possible without the commitment and dedication of more than 300 volunteers and partners who have gone the extra mile to support people who need it the most, but there's still lots more be done. As this New Year gets underway and recovery and reconstruction continue, we must not lose sight of Nepal's most vulnerable children - girls and children with disabilities - who desperately need an education to escape the cycle of poverty.

Afghanistan - Dying is Easy, Staying is Not

Jawed Nader | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Jawed Nader

In Afghanistan, dying is easy, staying is hard but not impossible. We should support those Afghans who have chosen this difficult path. Instead of throwing up their hands in fury at Afghan refugees arriving in Europe, international donors should be helping Afghans build a more secure and stable Afghanistan. Instead of cutting aid, it must be improved and increased.

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.

'Now Bid Me Run, and I Will Strive With Things Impossible'

Conrad Bird | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Politics
Conrad Bird

This year the GREAT Britain campaign, which promotes the best of Britain across the world, is celebrating Shakespeare's 400th Anniversary. Shakespear...

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.

How Long Can Civil Society Be Ignored?

George McBride | Posted 17.04.2016 | UK
George McBride

The UN is becoming increasingly irrelevant in the drug policy debate as wealthy countries act unilaterally to bring about changes in their own countries, undermining the UN Drug Conventions but leaving them in place, unchanged.

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 Conservatives - We are the Nasty Party

Nicholas Mazzei | Posted 10.04.2016 | UK Politics
Nicholas Mazzei

We aren't carrying out tough love anymore. Now, we are carrying out acts that are arrogant, short-minded and unnecessarily painful to people in the UK, who are starting to see our party for what it is. Nasty.

On the Road to Rio - Putting Nutrition at the Heart of EU Development Policy

Julie Ward | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Politics
Julie Ward

This year affords plenty of opportunities to increase both funding and political will to stop these preventable deaths. This summer I will be watching out, not just for the Olympic teams, but also for how well we score against Global Goal 2 in Rio.

The Panama Papers: Five Ways for David Cameron to Tackle UK Tax Havens

Anders Dahlbeck | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK
Anders Dahlbeck

The Panama Papers have rocked the world. Yet while the head offices of the law firm at the heart of the leak are far away in tropical Panama - some of the solutions to this scandal lie closer to home... Next month the UK will host a special tax and anti-corruption summit in London. Here are five things the Prime Minister could do to clean up UK tax havens.

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 Bitter Taste of Easter

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

There's a terrible irony that while we are getting fat on sugar, Ugandans are going hungry because of it. Leaves a bitter taste in your mouth, doesn't it?

Who Are the Invisible Workers Behind the Simple Water Tap?

Petra Ingram | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK
Petra Ingram

When you next turn on your tap to make a cup of tea, have a shower or water your plants, don't forget about the hard working donkey, the tap who is working hard to connect people with water and provide them with a better life, all over the world.

Walking for Water in India

Cerys Matthews | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Cerys Matthews

Today is World Water Day and this morning over 650million people around the world woke up with no clean water. That's one in ten people. Forced to drink, cook and wash with dirty water, people are at risk of getting sick and missing vital days of work and education, trapped in a cycle of poverty. Last month WaterAid invited me to travel to India with my 12-year-old daughter Glenys to see the situation for myself. I visited Sanabenakudi, a remote village in east India, to understand what everyday life is like for people living without access to safe water...