International Development

Seven Things You Didn't Know About UK Overseas Aid

Billy Hill | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics
Billy Hill

According to the International Aid Transparency Index, UK aid is the most transparent in the world... Meaning, we can see where our money is spent.

The Lies You Have Been Told About Africa

Martin Drewry | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK
Martin Drewry

$192 billion a year is being taken out of Africa by the rich world - almost six and a half times the amount of 'aid' it receives... Africa is not poor, but its people are being kept in poverty by a combination of inequitable policies, huge disparities in power, and criminal activities perpetuated and sustained by wealthy elites.

Football Fever: Leveraging the Power of Sport to Fight Malaria

Hervé Verhoosel | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Sport
Hervé Verhoosel

The World Cup will come to a close on Sunday, but our fight against this killer disease will continue. Despite tremendous progress that has seen death rates decreasing by more than 40% globally and almost 50% in Africa alone since 2000, almost half of the world's population is still at risk from malaria.

The Village With No Girls

Firoz Patel | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK
Firoz Patel

Every day, children in Nepal are at risk of being trafficked; a problem that is getting worse. Trafficked children face daily abuse and exploitation - harm that no child should ever have to face. It is our duty to ensure that children are aware of the dangers of trafficking and to protect them from being subjected to such abuse and exploitation.

Harnessing the Digital Sharing Revolution to Save Lives

Dr Trudie Lang | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Tech
Dr Trudie Lang

Today is a big day for the Global Health Network, as we launch the Global Health Research Process Map. This is the first digital toolkit designed to enable researchers anywhere in the world to conduct rigorous global health research. It offers step-by-step guidance for planning successful global health research projects and has the potential to revolutionise the current process, speeding the development of new research and therapies.

An Opportunity to Celebrate the Achievements of Deafblind People Around the World

James Thornberry | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
James Thornberry

Being deafblind anywhere in the world is a challenge that requires specialist support. However in the developing world being born without sight or hearing can have a devastating impact on your life...

The #TimeToAct is Now

Frontier | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK
Frontier

A few weeks ago, #TimeToAct was just a drop in the ocean of the 140-characters messages that tweet from our mobiles daily. Over the time, the hashtag has created a virtual layer where thousands of tweets, pictures and videos are streaming. "Time to Act" has become the social network's motto of a campaign asking to tackle rape in war zones.

How a School Bus Service Is Keeping Girls Safe in Rural India

Katie McQue | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katie McQue

Afsana is 16 and has just heard she has passed grade nine of her secondary school. This is cause for celebration because she is the first female from the Indian village of Mehluka to achieve this level of education.

The Truth About Foreign Aid

Holly Alsop | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK
Holly Alsop

The aid and development sectors work hard to promote and maintain an air of importance and legitimacy, but there are some hard truths that we need to face if the industry is to grow and address the huge challenges we, as a global community, continue to come up against - climate change and the increased frequency of natural disasters, unhindered economic growth causing environmental and social deterioration and the rise of political fundamentalism, just to name a few.

Generation NCD: Searching For the Scientists to Tackle Africa's Next Healthcare Challenge

James Shannon | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK
James Shannon

Africa and its healthcare needs are changing. As its economic landscape shifts, burgeoning wealth co-exists with extreme poverty. While infectious diseases like malaria and HIV still place huge pressure on Africa, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer and diabetes pose an increasing threat.

#ProudOfUKAid but we mustn't overlook people with disabilities

Dr Caroline Harper | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Caroline Harper

At Sightsavers we have used UK aid in recent years to screen 40 million people for potential sight problems, provide 1.2 million people with sight-restoring surgery, and protect 75 million people from neglected tropical diseases such as trachoma. On a larger scale, every year the UK aid budget educates more children than live in the whole of the UK...

Why Do We Ignore Disability in International Development?

James Thornberry | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
James Thornberry

Today the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, made a speech in support of foreign aid. He defended Government spending in this area and reaffirmed the ...

Unpeeling the Impacts of Poverty

Harriet Lamb | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Fairtrade is a large, complex work in progress. We have never claimed to tackle all the many injustices that grind down people living in poverty, or to have achieved trade nirvana balancing all of global trade's problems with a magic Mark...

How Does International Development Work? We Should Make the Effort to Find Out

Matt Daw | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Matt Daw

During a trip to Indonesia in 2012 I asked the staff of our local partner organisation about their experiences of the international effort in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami. Their work in the region was prompted by the human need created by this event, however they were one of the few international NGOs to stay active in communities in Indonesia after the initial disaster relief effort...

Extreme Collaboration: How Charity and Business Can Work Together

Allan Pamba | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK
Allan Pamba

Partnerships of any kind - be they romantic or professional - are never straightforward. There are differences of opinion that it can be difficult to reconcile and different ways of working can cause tension...

How Can Conflict Affected Communities Improve Their Own Futures?

Madeleine McGivern | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK
Madeleine McGivern

The world is steadily becoming a less peaceful place, according to those who monitor levels of violence worldwide. The Global Peace Index produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace shows things have worsened steadily since 2008, while risk analysis firm Maplecroft said last week that levels of violence have risen significantly in 48 countries over the past six months...

For the World's Poorest People, Cooking Is One of the Biggest Killers - We Can Change That

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

Of all the threats to life that people in the developing world face, it is astonishing that the simple act of cooking is one of the greatest dangers of them all. And the scale of the tragedy is enormous; nearly three billion people in the developing world cook food and heat their homes with firewood or charcoal on traditional cookstoves or open fires.

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...

Retelling the Story of Media and Development

Martin Scott | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK
Martin Scott

I am deeply dissatisfied with the current state of public discourse about the role of media in international development...

Generation Nutrition - If We Act Now, We Can End Child Deaths From Hunger in Our Lifetime

Glen Tarman | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK
Glen Tarman

We know that if we can make governments change the way they set their priorities, children's lives will be saved. We need to ensure that the issue of acute malnutrition doesn't only hit the headlines when natural disasters strike or when war erupts.

The Fashion Industry Is Gearing Up for a System-Wide Shift

Green Futures | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Green Futures

Fashion is one of the world's most important industries. It is worth around $1.5 trillion a year, employs more than 25 million people, and fashion-conscious or not, we all wear its products. Yet most of us know very little about where our clothes come from or how they are put together.

Ned Simons

Minister: Religiously Motivated Anti-Gay Laws A Problem In 'Primitive Cultures'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Politics

"My approach instinctively is not to hide, but to go out and sing it from the rooftops," says Alan Duncan. "We can have a massive impact on poverty ac...

How to Solve a Problem Like Child Marriage?

Lakshmi Sundaram | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK
Lakshmi Sundaram

I would describe Girls Not Brides as a partnership of disruptors: men and women like Laxmi who have come together to raise their collective voice against child marriage, a practice that devastates the lives of 14 million girls every year.

The Road From Aid to Trade: Investing in a Healthier Future for Africa

Allan Pamba | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK
Allan Pamba

At the EU-Africa business summit I attended last week, a question that I heard again and again is what are the barriers to investing more in sub-Saharan Africa?

Kwibuka 20: Remember Rwanda by Celebrating Its Future

Tony Koutsoumbos | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK
Tony Koutsoumbos

One wonders why the world insists on re-visiting Rwanda's violent past when it has such a promising future. To be sure, we must never forget, which is why last night's touching service was so important. Today though, when I think of Rwanda, I think of Joyce, Bruce, and Victor, and celebrate the victory of a bright future over a dark past.