International Development

Tackling Obesity in Supply Chains

Harriet Lamb | Posted 18.11.2014 | 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'.

The Internet Can Change the Developing World

Nigel Eastwood | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Tech
Nigel Eastwood

Ten years ago, in October 2004, there were 812m internet users worldwide - 12.7 per cent of the global population. The web had 50m sites; a Harvard student, Mark Zuckerberg, had just started Facebook, and Flickr had just been launched as a chat room for an online multiplayer game with real-time photo sharing.

Carbon Reduction: Not Just a Long-Term Solution

Green Futures | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK
Green Futures

While mainstream acceptance of climate change and its risks - both immediate and long-term - is growing, there's a sluggishness on the part of brands to fund scalable solutions that I, personally, put down partly to a lack of imagination.

The Trouble With Aid

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK
Hannah Beckerman

I suspect most of us want to see an effective international aid programme. But only by addressing some of the institutional processes by which money is awarded and projects assessed are we likely to feel as confident as we ought that British international aid is making the difference it should, and difference it could.

A Humanitarian Disaster: A Stronger Response Is Urgently Needed to Tackle Ebola in West Africa

Bella Mosselmans | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK
Bella Mosselmans

The US and UK have recently made the largest efforts in terms of military deployments and money but many other states are still neglecting their responsibilities. Justine Greening, the International Development Secretary, and David Cameron have noted that EU members such as Italy and Spain need to step forward with resources and act now.

Ebola: Difficult Questions for Development

Ian Scoones | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK
Ian Scoones

Ideological positions and poor understandings have created a set of assumptions about development that are fundamentally challenged by the Ebola experience. Can this terrible crisis provide a moment for reframing development? Surely now is the time for a fundamental rethink of development approaches.

International Day of the Girl Child: Why Politicians Need To Sit Up And Listen To Girls

Pippa Gardner | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pippa Gardner

Girlguiding is calling on MPs to listen to girls' voices ahead of the 2015 general election, with eight specific calls for change on issues girls say ...

Changing the Climate and the Future of Green Politics: Part I/3

Marienna Pope-Weidemann | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Politics
Marienna Pope-Weidemann

The impossible is happening. The People's Climate March was a global day of action of historic proportions. Over 30,000 people took to the streets in London. New York City hosted the biggest march climate march ever, with religious and labour leaders coming together with scientists, environmentalists and 400,000 Americans. People protested in 166 countries demanding system change...

Ned Simons

Cabinet Minister 'Very, Very Scared' Of The Daily Mail

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Politics

International development secretary Justine Greening is "very, very scared" of the Daily Mail, according to the Lib Dem minister in the department. ...

Promoting Women's Rights at the Labour Party Conference

Cath Nixon | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Politics
Cath Nixon

It was exciting to attend an event like this in Manchester, where I live. There was a buzz around the conference that spread out into the city. It was a chance for campaigners to raise their voice on important issues, for labour party members to have their say, and politicians to outline Labours stance on policies and issues.

The Poverty of Poverty Reduction

Alastair Roderick | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

I say goodbye because as well-intended as the aid industry is it willfully overlooks the basic lesson of political economy: that economies develop, institutions are built, and governance becomes more robust in poor countries through the same bargaining processes that have worked for formerly-poor countries in the past.

Deafblind Children Are Missing Out

James Thornberry | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James Thornberry

Deafblindness is a complex disability. Not being able to see and hear requires specialist support and for many children around the world, accessing this support is incredibly difficult.

Seven Things You Didn't Know About UK Overseas Aid

Billy Hill | Posted 19.10.2014 | 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 16.09.2014 | 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 10.09.2014 | 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 05.09.2014 | 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 08.09.2014 | 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...