International Development

Living Below the Line So That Others Can Rise Above It

Jeremy Horner | Posted 06.05.2015 | 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.

Not a Day to Waste

James Whiting | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK
James Whiting

I'm a firm believer in Winston Churchill's adage, "No one should waste a day". World Malaria Day (25 April) is most definitely a day we don't want to waste because the stakes in the battle against the world's oldest disease are so incredibly high.

Small Things, Big Difference

Arabella Gilchrist | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK
Arabella Gilchrist

A week ahead of World Malaria Day, there is much that rings true in his words, for in the fight against the world's biggest killer disease, many small things (backed by some big commitment) have led to extraordinary progress...

Too Narrow a Focus on Finance, Not Enough on People

Philip Goodwin | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK
Philip Goodwin

I'm in New York this week to engage in the Post 2015 development process first hand. I know I'm not alone when I say that the process to agree a new agenda for the fight on global poverty is confusing and impenetrable. This week's focus is on financing and implementation. It's the "who's-going-to-pay?" and "how's-it-going-to-happen?" parts of the puzzle.

Labour Will Reduce the Amount of Aid Delivered by Consultants

Mary Creagh | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Politics
Mary Creagh

There is a clear choice at the election. Another five years of the Tories' misspending the aid budget because they don't believe in justice for the world's poorest; or Labour's better plan to ensure the development budget is spent well, spent on the right things and properly accounted for.

Promises, Promises... How Are We Doing on Malnutrition?

Aaron Oxley | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Politics
Aaron Oxley

In the UK this has been a week of big promises. With the general election just around the corner, we saw the launch of the manifestos of all three major political parties setting out what they will do to make life better if they are elected...

Charity Giving, UK and US Style

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

Interestingly there's more of a Christian cultural overlay in America, yet the Christian faith in the UK still has more of an influence - so you'll get the Archbishop of Canterbury quoted on the evening news talking about economic issues, something you'd never get church leaders doing in America.

Harping on About Water

Catrin Finch | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK
Catrin Finch

I accompanied Serawark on her daily routine and was appalled to see that the water she depends on was teeming with leeches. I watched as Serawark tried her best to only collect the cleanest water by painstakingly filtering out insects and silt with a jug.

Cyclone Pam and the British Good Samaritan

Joe Ware | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK
Joe Ware

By making the aid budget a percentage of Gross National Income (GNI) it will go up and down as our economy grows and shrinks. So when times are tough here, the amount we give will go down.

Worth the Wait: The UK's Aid Commitment Is a Big Step for International Development

Adrian Lovett | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK Politics
Adrian Lovett

Monday marked the end of a long wait. 45 years, to be exact. The International Development Bill passed its third reading - the last step before Royal Assent. The Bill will enshrine in law the UK's commitment to invest 0.7 per cent of our national income (GNI) in international aid. But who is celebrating?

Will 2015 Be the Most Historic Year for Women in History?

Mariella Frostrup | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK
Mariella Frostrup

At every point in history women have always struggled for recognition, rights and equality. This year is no different. The journey for women in the UK, and globally, is far from over. Our incomes and ownership of resources still lag behind men's. Our representation when important decisions are being made - whether in parliaments, boardrooms, or negotiating tables - is paltry. The demands on our time, particularly from unpaid work and care, are overwhelming. And one in three of us will experience violent assault in our lifetime. But I firmly believe the tables are turning.

Reviving the role of Japan in Africa's Development

Charles Mwangi Waituru | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK
Charles Mwangi Waituru

While TICAD presents Africa with a powerful instrumental instrument for mobilizing the Means of Implementing the Sustainable development goals, those of us in Africa with an interest in this cannot afford to sit back and wait for the agenda to be agreed.

Terrorism Laws Risk Putting Aid Delivery in Jeopardy

Abdurahman Sharif | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK
Abdurahman Sharif

Providing humanitarian aid in conflict zones can mean having to negotiate access to areas where proscribed groups operate. This poses a risk that can lead to prosecution under UK counter-terrorism laws.

Why International Development Needs to Be More Like Victoria Beckham

Nuria Molina Gallart | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK
Nuria Molina Gallart

When Victoria Beckham pulled off the unthinkable and became a world respected fashion designer she didn't decide: "I'm going to be the next H&M of the fashion industry". She thought big and decided to be the next Yves Saint Laurent.

Talking Straight to Mr Free Market About Fairness

Harriet Lamb | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK
Harriet Lamb

It's time to tell him straight: You are pretty damn good at many things, mate. You are simply the best at growth - no one comes near you. But you are starting to look a little overweight, what with all the mergers and acquisitions?

Sustainable Development - Moving Away From Aid Dependency

Anas Sarwar | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Politics
Anas Sarwar

Today in Addis Ababa, the African Union (AU) meets for its annual summit which this year will focus on women's empowerment and developing Agenda 2063, their 50 year development plan. This long term approach aims for inclusive growth and sustainable development and a shift away from aid-dependency.

Don't Dodge the Issue, We Need to Crack Down on Tax Avoidance

Billy Hill | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Politics
Billy Hill

Like 30 million other Brits, the PAYE system automatically takes a certain chunk from my salary each month. However, for some, it's a different story. Tax avoidance has become global issue splashed across every national newspaper.

Women Are Being Failed in the Global Fight Against Ebola

Gavin Shuker | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Shuker

Sadly, this is a cultural issue, not a medical one. Women's inferior status is brutally manifested in visibly higher infection rates, and analysts warn the knock-on effects of this deadly virus will also hit female family members hardest.

A Labour Government Will Lead the World to Tackle Global Poverty and Inequality

Mary Creagh | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Politics
Mary Creagh

2015 provides a unique opportunity for the world to think bigger and do better - for ourselves, our children and the world's poorest people. With the right leadership, ours is the generation that can wipe out extreme poverty, reduce inequality and tackle climate change.

Rising From the Bottom to the Top Has Got to Stop - According to the Green Party

Harry Saville | Posted 01.03.2015 | UK Politics
Harry Saville

Promoting global economic growth is clearly not on the Green agenda, and clearly they're quiet content with the notion that this might mean that people rising from the bottom to the top might have to stop.

The Urban Sanitation Business

Girish Menon | Posted 28.02.2015 | UK
Girish Menon

With almost half the population of Sub-Saharan Africa living in towns and cities, urban sanitation poses a serious challenge. This is especially the case for unplanned or informal settlements where the majority of the poorest people live...

Starter Guide to (Re)Engaging With Africa

Inez Sarkodee-Adoo | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK
Inez Sarkodee-Adoo

I glean some insights from this year's speakers regarding their take on 'moving home', particularly for those who have spent most of their lives outside of the continent. On balance, they identify the availability of skilled human capital as a crucial element to fuel development although highlight a few things to consider before heading back.

Universal Health Coverage Day: Health Must Be the Bedrock of Our Approach to Development

Mary Creagh | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Politics
Mary Creagh

David Cameron has undermined progress towards UHC by supporting private health provision in developing countries. Take India, for example, where the UK Government subsidised a private diabetes hospital which only caters for the better off. This is why Labour will demand that Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is put at the heart of the global development agenda

Be a Lifesaver: Legislate 0.7% Aid

Shirley Williams | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Politics
Shirley Williams

For the children suffering physical and emotional trauma after fleeing gunfire in the Central African Republic, or the families rebuilding their lives after extensive flooding in Pakistan and Bangladesh, UK aid is a lifeline that helps them start over again... Legislating will mean that the political and public debate shifts away from a focus on how much we spend to the effectiveness of UK aid, so that we can save as many lives as possible. For nurses, doctors and teachers in some of the world's poorest countries, it is imperative to be able to plan service provision for the years to come.

Tackling Obesity in Supply Chains

Harriet Lamb | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Sadly the saying about 'living off the fat of the land' looks all too anachronistic: half of the world's hungry people are themselves farmers. But if you suggest that farmers in developing countries who grow our food should be paid more, people throw up their hands in horror and cry: 'What about consumers in Europe? How can they afford to pay more? We must keep food prices down for them'.