International Development

Could You Teach a Class of 100?

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

At VSO, we recognise that technology is no magic bullet solution but can empower teachers to deliver their lessons effectively. Unlocking Talent is part of a broad strategy for improving education in Malawi that is also increasing the number of teachers trained in using child-centred teaching methods.

Charity Begins at Home, But Where's Home?

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

When did migration stop being a word for the seasonal movement of animals and birds and become the catch-all for a permanent change of life - whatever your past, whatever your circumstances?

Paul Vale

Justine Greening: Foreign Aid Is Keeping Our Country Secure And Opening New Markets | Paul Vale | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Politics

NEW YORK -- A loud bang of the gavel at the United Nations on Friday marked the start of a hugely ambitious 15-year-plan to improve the planet on a sw...

This Week Changes Everything

Adam Stones | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK
Adam Stones

This week sees one of the most important events in Earth's recent history, so please pay attention... On Friday, world leaders will gather at the UN to ratify the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, and set a path for 2030 to eradicate poverty, tackle inequality and fix climate change. Yep, it's pretty significant.

Will the Sustainable Development Goals Make a Difference?

Ian Scoones | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK
Ian Scoones

Lessons show that sustained transformations to sustainability require political coalitions across groups through mobilisation across sites and scales. If the SDGs are to have meaning, it is this new politics that will make the difference - not getting hung up on the many goals or targets.

Why Taps and Toilets Are Helping Children Gain an Education

Maria Bystedt | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK
Maria Bystedt

We've all been there, standing in line to use the toilet. The wait can seem like forever, but in reality it's probably only a few inconvenient minutes. Now imagine having to wait for hours every single day just to use a private toilet, only to find the facilities lacking at the front of the queue and nothing to wash your hands with.

Accountability Should Be About Delivering the Right Outcomes for People, Not About Completing a Predesigned Project

Simon O'Connell | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK
Simon O'Connell

The problem is, in the today's world, we are faced with a plethora of diverse crises, emergencies, disasters and conflicts. Population growth, political and power structure changes, urbanisation, resource scarcity and climate change mean the humanitarian system is creaking under the strain - overstretched and underfunded.

Challenging Norms to Put a Roof Over Their Heads

Samira Sarifkhodjaeva | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK
Samira Sarifkhodjaeva

Sitting in her a cheerful garden full of cherries, peppers, and herbs you would never know that Shamsikhon Kholova's life was ever any different. But it was. Six years ago, she and her six children lived in a one-room, mud brick house with a leaking ceiling...

Nepal Earthquakes: A Race Against Time

Jo Joyner | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jo Joyner

The brave women I met were in a dire situation. They needed to salvage as much brick, rubble and corrugated sheeting as possible in order to rebuild their homes - and to search for their valuable possessions before the monsoon rain washed them away. This salvaging and rebuilding all takes time and energy that they don't have. They are living a hand-to-mouth existence; if they don't work the land they have no money and no food - and they also have to cook, tend the animals, clean clothes and care for the children.

Africa Rising from the Ground Up

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

When I started thinking about this blog, I had quite decided to write about charitable giving. Why we all need to do more and give more to support those less fortunate than ourselves because if we don't who else will?

Africa's Scientific Independence: No More Business as Usual

Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK Tech
Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho

Despite Africa's impressive economic growth, there remains a damaging divide between business and scientific communities. Technical knowledge is not keeping pace with economic growth and businesses often bemoan the lack of local candidates with scientific and technological competences.

Four Years After Independence Donors Must Commit to South Sudan

Rocco Blume | Posted 12.07.2015 | UK
Rocco Blume

What does it take to galvanise international action - and funding - for such a crisis? The great tragedy is that in South Sudan's recent history this situation is not an aberration but the norm. The last civil war lasted from 1983-2004 in which 2 million people died. The Darfur conflict, beginning in 2003, still burns away.

Why We Must Continue to Invest in Pakistan and Other Tough Places

Simon O'Connell | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK
Simon O'Connell

Mercy Corps is continuing to work with the Balochistan regional government to reach thousands more men and women in Pakistan by providing them with vocational training and opportunities to build social cohesion, but this will not be a quick fix. We must remain invested in fragile regions around the world and look to make a difference in the lives of those who live there. Right now, in the face of growing regional instability, this has never been so pressing.

Climate Change on the Frontline With Isis

Hannah Griffiths | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK
Hannah Griffiths

The world faces numerous problems but climate change is unmatched in its scope and how indiscriminately it affects people regardless of faith, creed or colour. If even those living on the edge of war in the Middle East can see the need for serious action then maybe it's time for us to use our voice and help them.

The World's Greatest Minds Challenge Mankind's Oldest Disease

James Whiting | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK
James Whiting

We need the philanthropists of this world along with scientific genius, pioneering business leaders, creative communicators - and we need you, if we are all to beat this terrible disease. I invite you to join us and make ending malaria a legacy recognised by all generations to come.

How Can We Continue to Ignore One Billion People?

Lord Loomba | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Lord Loomba

Raising awareness and tackling this intersecting discrimination is at the heart of the Loomba Foundation and International Widows Day. Through our ongoing advocacy and programme work, we give women the skills they need to survive on their own and support their families.

A World Free From Poverty by 2030 Involves an Agenda WITH Mental Health

Kat Pugh | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Kat Pugh

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Results UK, National Conference, where the theme was on the post-2015 agenda. Fittingly, with the proposed targe...

Young People Aren't the 'Leaders of Tomorrow': They're More Than That

Tanya Barron | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Tanya Barron

At Plan, we've supported young people who have intervened to stop child marriages in Bangladesh, youth activists who have helped raise the legal age of marriage in Malawi, and in Pakistan, young campaigners successfully making sure that their provincial governments deliver on a promise of free and compulsory education.

Why I'm Joining the Biggest Climate Change Lobby in History

Will Green | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Will Green

To put plainly, if we don't confront climate change, we won't end poverty. If we want to ensure that hard-won development gains are not wasted, we have to take decisive action on climate change.

A Week Is a Long Time If You're Hungry

Aaron Oxley | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK
Aaron Oxley

This week we should celebrate these announcements and progress on nutrition. Thanks to commitments made at Nutrition for Growth in 2013 being met, and with the opportunities presented by the Financing for Development conference, we can ensure the good news for nutrition keeps coming in the months and years to come.

Helping Deafblind Children in Kenya and Uganda Build a Future

James Thornberry | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK
James Thornberry

In Kenya and Uganda children who are both deaf and blind face huge challenges. Many are literally hidden away from the world around them, as parents struggle to understand what is wrong with their child or how to communicate with them while dealing with the social stigma of raising a disabled child.

All the Things We Could Do, If We Had a Little Money: The Costs of Funding Women's Rights Work (Part Three of Three)

Jacqui Stevenson | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK
Jacqui Stevenson

Funders and other actors must recognise that women's rights and feminist organisations are essential partners in achieving gender equality, and act to repair the disconnect between focus on women and girls, and funding for the organisations that can make change on women's rights. There is huge potential for transformative change, if only the funds are there to make it happen.

Cheap Textiles Come at a High Price

Ruby Wright | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK
Ruby Wright


All the Things We Could Do, If We Had a Little Money: The Costs of Funding Women's Rights Work (Part Two of Three)

Jacqui Stevenson | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK
Jacqui Stevenson

Unable to access larger funds, local, community, and other small organisations, including new and forming organisations rely on smaller funding pots. These are often project-based, and one-off...

NHS Staffing Issues Are Part of a Wider Global Crisis

Sarah K Edwards | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK
Sarah K Edwards

In the UK, NHS staffing is at the top of the news agenda with the reliance on agency staff as a result of NHS shortages making the headlines. Health worker shortages are not just an issue for the UK however. Globally we are short of 7.2million. This is more than just a shortage - this is a crisis.