International Development

Pikin To Pikin Tok - The Power Of Participation For Unlocking Girls Potential

Gerison Lansdown | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK
Gerison Lansdown

Photo credit: Andrea Gordon The Global Education Monitoring Report 2016 identifies that education is a fundamental tool for empowering young girls a...

My Experience As UK Youth Delegate To The UN General Assembly

Takyiwa Danso | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Takyiwa Danso

Young people have always been leading campaigns without the permission of world leaders. The only way to make this change sustainable is to establish strong partnerships with decision-makers across all levels and develop a mutual respect for youth voices.

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...

Sport And The Sustainable Development Goals: New Methods of Engagement

Angus Berry | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Sport
Angus Berry

Published a year ago now, the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer the world a framework around which global development can rally. The new goals offered, for the first time, a truly north to south appreciation of the issues and challenges facing the world today.

Somalia: Moving Out Of The Shadows Of War And Poverty And On The Road To Stability

Yasmin Ahmed | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK
Yasmin Ahmed

For over two decades, Somalia was known as a failed state- a state lacking effective government, controlled by warlords and terrorists and plagued by frequent phases of natural and man-inflicted disasters.

One Year Into The Global Goals And The UK Is No Further Ahead

Stephen Twigg | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Twigg

The Global Goals were adopted by the UN General Assembly a year ago this week. As those assembled in New York prepare to celebrate their first birthday, back in the UK the Government's response remains slow and disappointing.

Globally United To #EndItForGood

James Whiting | Posted 20.09.2016 | UK
James Whiting

At Malaria No More UK, we know the importance of sustaining this momentum. We will continue to inspire the public, protect those most at risk and build partnerships with people and organisations who share our vision of a malaria-free world. And to borrow a hashtag from the Global Fund's inspiring replenishment campaign, this time lets stay united to #EndItForGood.

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.

It's Time For Sport To Tackle Inequality At Community Level

Angus Berry | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Sport
Angus Berry

The Olympics give sport a powerful platform every four years, and it is now time for communities all over the world to recognise how sport can be used for development. Through challenging social norms and providing a platform for community led social development, CCI's inaugural project will lead the way in achieving this recognition.

South Sudan Crisis: A Failure Of A Half-Hearted International Community?

Alistair Burnett | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK
Alistair Burnett

Responsibility for the unfolding disaster in South Sudan can also be laid at the door of the international community. The United States, for instance, was instrumental in pushing for its independence, but was not prepared for the long term commitment required to build a functioning state.

When Is a Cure a Cure?

Sarah Nancollas | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK
Sarah Nancollas

Researchers spend years looking for them, testing them, perfecting them before medical practitioners get to implement them in real life. I'm talking about cures. They've discovered one for malaria and for TB, and they're still working on one for cancer.

The Brazilian Girls Who Took My Breath Away

Angela Singh | Posted 08.08.2016 | UK
Angela Singh

I want to know what she'd say to other girls in the same situation. She turns to look straight down the camera, to address all of those girls and women who've suffered violence, and says: "To all the girls and women who have suffered like I have, please speak up! Don't let anyone get away with it. Talk to someone you trust, who believes in you - and someone you know can make a difference. Let's show society we don't have to stay quiet."

From 'Difficult Friend' to BFF: UK's Role in Global Tax System Must Be Part of Post-Brexit Reinvention

Barry Johnston | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK
Barry Johnston

In the wake of the EU referendum the UK is revising its relationship with the world. We could use a few friends. Taking on a new role as the torchbearer for global tax reform could win us more than a few.

Mission Possible - Delivering Global Goals Through the Power of Volunteering

Philip Goodwin | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK
Philip Goodwin

Like our programmes, our volunteers are diverse and operating all around the world, but one thing unites them. Regardless of age, location, background or experience, all volunteers have a part to play in delivering the Global Goals. This mission would be impossible without them.

The Show Must Go On

Dan Corry | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK Politics
Dan Corry

Uncertainty is the bane of any decision-maker's life, but periods of uncertainty are also when we most need someone to make some decisions. In our ow...

How the Private Sector Can Help Us Reach Everyone, Everywhere With Clean Water

Barbara Frost | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK
Barbara Frost

Water is a vital resource, and access a basic human right. By working together, we can create bigger impact and empower local communities affected by water scarcity and poor sanitation, in order to reach everyone, everywhere by 2030.

An Open Letter to the Next UN Secretary General

Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK
Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho

I would like to congratulate you on your election, especially against such an experienced and talented group of candidates. I wish you well in maintaining the United Nations' impact as one of the leading global institutions, and its role in promoting international cooperation on the most important issues facing humanity...

Sands of Time: The World's Largest Refugee Camp Turns 25

Luke Browne | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK
Luke Browne

Most conflicts now burn on for an average of 37 years, and those uprooted by them are crying out for a humanitarian response that reflects this. If a new deal for Kenya is realised over the coming months, Dadaab may no longer remain an anachronism. It could, with the right imagination, political drive and institutional support, come to represent the future.

A Fair Chance for Every Child

Mike Penrose | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK
Mike Penrose

Every child, no matter where they are born, has the right to a healthy start in life, the right to an education and the right to a safe, secure childhood. But around the world, millions of children are being denied these rights, for no other reason than the country, community, the gender or the circumstances into which they are born. We cannot and we must not let this huge injustice continue.

Invisible Women Let's Come Together to Support Widows Around the World

Lord Loomba | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Lord Loomba

Today I ask you to do the opposite - to share the message around the world that this cannot continue. For too long, the plight of widows and their families has been ignored, not talked about, not acted upon. Let's change that together.

The EU Has Acted on Minerals That Underwrite Modern Slavery

Seb Dance | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Seb Dance

After years of campaigning, the European Union has agreed an outline deal to combat the unchecked trade in natural resources, which fuels some of the world's most brutal conflicts, underwriting child labour, sexual violence and modern slavery.

Aid: Honestly, There's a Lot More to It Than Stats

Ben Jackson | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK
Ben Jackson

If you've been reading certain doom-filled parts of the media over the last couple of weeks, you may think that the debate about aid centres on number...

The African Child: Vibrant and Full of Potential

Tanya Barron | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK
Tanya Barron

Image: Plan International For a quarter of a century, 16th June has marked Day of the African Child. Back in 1991, many thought of the continent as p...

The UK Should Be Proud to Lead on Meeting the 0.7% Target for Aid

Stephen Twigg | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Twigg

I welcome today's Westminster Hall debate. It is important that we have an open discussion about UK aid. I am proud of the many positive things which aid has delivered but I am determined that we provide both accountability and value for money.

We Can Criticise and Be Proud of Foreign Aid at the Same Time

Harriet Lamb | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Politics
Harriet Lamb

So today when Parliament debates whether Britain should keep its recent commitment to devote 7 pence in every £10 of our national wealth to aid, we will be confidently declaring, alongside politicians from all sides of the House, that we are #ProudOfAid.