International Development

How Mobile Phones Can Reduce Hunger

Laurie Lee | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK
Laurie Lee

Severe drought - like the one faced by Zimbabwe in 2015 - can cause hunger and misery for thousands of people. The response effort has to be quick, f...

The Hard Fruits Of Labour

Sai Villafuerte | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK
Sai Villafuerte

As children, we are told to 'dream big'. We are told that hard work gets you to the top and that by doing so, you can lead a successful and happy life...

Five Reasons Donald Trump Is A Health Hazard

Martin Drewry | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK Politics
Martin Drewry

When Donald Trump tries to sneak in to the UK, be careful! This is a president that should come with a health warning. Here's five ways Trump is bad for public health around the world.

Without Contraception, Ugandan Girls Are Seen As An Accident Waiting To Happen

Dr Carole Sekimpi | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK
Dr Carole Sekimpi

We know getting contraception to every woman who wants it is going to be a big challenge, one of the largest ever undertaken. I'm inspired by the future I see for my own daughters and I know we can do it. We have to do it.

The World Needs To Talk About Sex

Philip Goodwin | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK
Philip Goodwin

Josaphine* was 13 when she started having unprotected sex. "I started having sex at the age of 13 with a 15 year old boy. In my community, most hous...

Setting A New Curriculum For Global Education

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK
Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Can you remember your favourite teacher? The person who introduced you to a still-cherished book, flicked a switch in your brain, or ignited a passion that years later still burns strong and bright?

Hope, Identity, And Character: Three Forgotten Truths About Ending Poverty

Richard Gower | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK
Richard Gower

Imagine a community in the Global South, perhaps a group of informal workers in an urban slum, or a group of subsistence farmers on marginal land. ...

Still Left Behind

Neil Heslop OBE | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK
Neil Heslop OBE

Helen Rangoro is 16 and like many young disabled girls in south west Kenya started primary school later than we're used to in the developed world. He...

Leprosy: Why Treatment Needs To Go Beyond The Cure

Geoff Prescott | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK
Geoff Prescott

In the UK it costs on average £550 pcm more to live if you are disabled and prejudice remains quite common. Indeed many commentators have pointed out...

President Trump Is Restricting The Rights Of The Poorest Women In The World

Sarah Carson | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK
Sarah Carson

Restricting information and access to contraception and abortions, particularly for adolescent girls and already marginalised women, denies them control over their bodies. This undermines women's health and impacts women's ability to access education, work, and ability to participate in all areas of economic, political and social life.

Raise Your Voice, Use Your Vote

Eleanor Margetts | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK
Eleanor Margetts

Eleanor Margetts meeting Pope Francis alongside Senior UN advisor Jeffery Sachs (c) Gabriella Marino Right now, the world seems an especially scary p...

We're In The End-Game For Many Neglected Tropical Diseases - But What About Leprosy?

Geoff Prescott | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK
Geoff Prescott

As the name suggests, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affect the poorest of the poor in the developing world and low income communities overseas. T...

Little England, Little Thinking

Joel Durston | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Politics
Joel Durston

So let's speak up for foreign aid...even if selfishly.

What Easter Has To Say To A Broken, Hurting World

Johan Eldebo | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK
Johan Eldebo

As we approach Easter, it's easy to look around and find a rather bleak, even devastating, picture of the world. There's famine in East Africa, with 16 million people on the brink of starvation and 22 million in need of humanitarian assistance to survive. The British public have been incredibly generous in their response but without even more funding, people are at risk of dying from hunger.

How Sport Can Tackle Disability Stigma

Anne Wafula-Strike | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Sport
Anne Wafula-Strike

And it is a sad fact that children with disabilities are more than twice as likely to be denied a school education. This has historically been an under prioritised area by the development sector, but with UK leadership this is starting to change. Sport can be a powerful tool to empower people with disabilities in developing countries; helping to tackle stigma and discrimination.

A Repeat Of Ethiopia Famine Would Be Catastrophic For East Africa's Children

Mike Penrose | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK
Mike Penrose

New mother Nyankan and her baby Both have endured much since he was born in Bor, South Sudan. Malnourished since birth, the two-month-old has been get...

21st Century Skills For All: UNICEF And Pearson Launch Educational Partnership For Children

Mike Penrose | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK
Mike Penrose

Tuấn Nguyễn lost his vision when he was 19. At the time, he was a sophomore in a Vietnamese university and had to quit school because he couldn't...

Economic Empowerment Helps Girls To Invest In Themselves

Tanya Barron | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK
Tanya Barron

Ana Catarina (Image: Plan International) Ana Catarina is the manager of a noisy, crowded public school in the large metropolitan area of Recife, nort...

Blockchain Will Bring Empowerment And Transparency To Development

Jutta Steiner | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Tech
Jutta Steiner

In the case of bitcoin, this meant that all of a sudden there was an open system available that could automatically keep track of everyone's balances. New blockchain protocols will similarly replace the need for certain organizational solutions and allow different players that don't trust each other to build an almost magical digital commons that can be used by everyone.

Without Opportunity, Development Is Impossible - NGOs Should Be Opportunity Brokers

Simon O'Connell | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Simon O'Connell

In Jijiga, Ethiopia, Mercy Corps helps women expand their milk businesses, improving the incomes for hundreds of pastoralists and their families. Phot...

Zambia - Thinking About Faith

Ricky Ross | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Ricky Ross

Faith takes you to interesting places. I grew up in a family where three generations had all followed a calling to serve God in far off countries. Chi...

Why Turning Our Back On Overseas Territories Could Mean We Forget Ourselves

Chris Wright | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Politics
Chris Wright

On a pleasant day, on the terrace of my Antigua home, the island of Montserrat nestles majestically on the horizon. Occasionally, you can see the Souf...

Zambia - Thinking About Home

Ricky Ross | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK
Ricky Ross

When SCIAF (Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund ) asked me to go to Zambia to see their work there, a few things were made clear to me. Most peop...

Brexit Must Not Feed Exploitation

Catherine McKinnell | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK Politics
Catherine McKinnell

Fairtrade Fortnight (27 February - 12 March) is a time to show solidarity with those around the world who grow some of the food and drink we consume every day. Just as Britain's farmers should be properly paid for their goods and hard work, most of us want to know that producers in poorer countries are getting a fair day's pay and trading conditions for their toil.

There Is Still Time To Stop Somalia Being Devastated By Famine - But It Is Running Out Fast

Susannah Price | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK
Susannah Price

Mothers bring their children to a health clinic in an IDP camp in Baidoa, Somalia. C. UNICEFSomalia/2017/Prinsloo Baidoa is a dusty town haunted by t...