International Development

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Minister: Religiously Motivated Anti-Gay Laws A Problem In 'Primitive Cultures' | 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 10.04.2014 | 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 09.04.2014 | 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 09.04.2014 | 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.

More Action Needed on Reproductive Rights for All

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

Fewer women are dying in child birth, more girls are going to school, increased numbers of women are taking on roles in public office, there are more female entrepreneurs and less poverty. But significant challenges remain, and we are still a long way from achieving universal access to reproductive and sexual health and the realisation of reproductive rights for all.

Why Are We Still Watching Poverty Porn?

Billy Hill | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK
Billy Hill

Every night, when we sit down in front of the television, the inevitable adverts pop up. That generic charity appeal that makes the room go silent, where a small, semi-naked, helpless child crawls across our television screens and the only thing we can do is awkwardly squirm or hope that our satellite box has enough minutes to fast forward.

A Taxi Driver's Guide to Peace in the Philippines

Phil Vernon | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK
Phil Vernon

Taking full advantage of the opportunity for peace in the Philippines will require a sustained effort on the part of central and local governments, by the rebel movements, as well as in civil society and the business community, over many years. Some of the factors they will need to take into account were identified at by our taxi driver last night.

Time to Celebrate! Our New Law Will Help Millions Around the World...

Karen Ruimy | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics
Karen Ruimy

In 2010 Jason McCue, Mariella Frostrup and I had an idea. It was more of a question really. Why, when it is proven that when women are brought into the economic and political debate there is a visible and positive change, are there no laws protecting women around the developing world?

Value Added

Green Futures | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK
Green Futures

Can a motor manufacturer make a difference to millions of lives? That is the goal of Jaguar Land Rover, which set an ambitious target to improve health, reduce poverty and create new opportunities for employment and education for 12 million people around the world by the end of this decade.

Is Aid Really Making the World Fairer?

Barbara Frost | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK
Barbara Frost

You may be surprised to learn that over the past decade, a third of the money pledged by aid donors for water and sanitation has failed to be delivered. That's US$27.6 billion out of the US$81.2 billion committed since 2002. This is a staggering amount of money. It could have helped hundreds of millions of people gain access to water and sanitation.

Barclays Needs to Clean Up Its Shameful Act

Tom Fyans | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Fyans

When Antony Jenkins took the helm at Barclays he promised to clean up a bank that had been badly scarred by a seemingly relentless stream of scandals. To re-enforce the point he sent an email to his 140,000 staff saying that he wanted to bring new ethical standards to Barclays. Those who didn't want to sign up to them were told they should leave.

Funding a Future Generation: Where No Child Is Left Behind

Kat Pugh | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK
Kat Pugh

This week I attended the Commonwealth Observance Day service, where I was privileged to hear from Lord Coe, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Malala Yousafzai. The theme of the event centred around team as the Commonwealth builds up to the 2014 games.

How Cross-Border Trade Is Empowering Women and Fostering Peace in DRC

Maria Lange | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Politics
Maria Lange

Through a collection of photographs and interviews, Crossings: The journey to peace challenges predominant narratives about eastern DRC, which focus on 'conflict trade' and 'rape' above broader lived experiences.

End Child Marriage: Empowering Today's Adolescent Girls and Tomorrow's Women

Lakshmi Sundaram | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK
Lakshmi Sundaram

The women of tomorrow are entering adolescence today. We know it can be one of the most challenging times in these girls' lives. Let's make sure they have the tools and support they need to overcome these challenges.

To My Daughter, on International Women's Day

Kiran Chug | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

It is your first International Women's Day. At seven months old, you are oblivious to the notion that our sex has struggled for equality. You do not know this day has been marked out in calendars annually for over a century. You understand nothing of the battle women fought to be treated fairly.

International Women's Day: My Trip to Meet the Inspirational Women Building Peace in Kosovo

Brita Fernandez Schmidt | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Brita Fernandez Schmidt

I have just returned from 3 days in Kosovo visiting our Women for Women International (WFWI) Programme which focuses on giving socially excluded, poor women access to knowledge and resources, to help them build better lives for them, their families and community.

International Women's Day: Blog From Women for Women International, DRC Graduate

Mukonondo | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

I am a 26-year-old married mother of five children, including 4 boys and one girl. Growing up, my family was very poor. My father was unemployed, and my mother cultivated land for other people. My mother had 12 children, including myself, but six of my older siblings died. Because my parents could not afford tuition fees for me, I stopped school after 4th grade. Instead, I worked to cultivate my family's fields.

International Women's Day: Blog From Women for Women International, Rwanda Graduate

Claire | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

I am an ordinary woman living in Rukara Sector of Kayonza District. My life used to be very hard, the only source of revenue was coming from tailoring from which I could not even raise enough money to sustain our basic needs. Even the sewing machine I was using I was renting for 3,000 Rwandan francs a month.

International Women's Day: Blog From Women for Women International, Kosovo Graduate

Hava Abdullahu | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hava Abdullahu

During the war, my family (my husband, five children and parents-in-law) and I were forced by the Serb police to leave our house. We had no choice but try to escape to Albania. On our way there the Serb forces maltreated us in different ways, by searching us, threatening to kill us etc. But fortunately we managed to cross the border and go to Albania.

International Women's Day: Blog From Women for Women International, Bosnia and Herzegovina Graduate

Seida | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

One day we received news that an organization called Women for Women started enrolling women in life skills renewal program. I thought there was nothing to be renewed after all those lives have been lost.

Funding a Future Generation: Is Global Education on the Right Track?

Kat Pugh | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK
Kat Pugh

n a Western society, words are everywhere. Adverts on the tube, bus on billboards. There are words on our mobile phones, we can get apps which tell us the latest news, which tells us what is trending and which celebrity is pregnant, has been arrested or has overdosed...

How Mobile Phone Access For Disadvantaged Women Could Save The World Billions

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK

Women given greater access to mobile phones and services could lead to a multi-billion increase in annual global productivity from 2020 – equivalent...

What We Can Learn About Floods From Developing Countries

Dr Kate Crowley | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK
Dr Kate Crowley

Type the phrase "good in a crisis" into Google and you get 1.8 million hits. Search for "good at preventing crises" and you get just sixteen. It's a sad fact that - whether as individuals or as nations - we spend infinitely more time, energy and money dealing with problems than we do preventing them.

India's Train Odyssey for Entrepreneurs

Green Futures | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK
Green Futures

There is considerable potential for social enterprises in India to foster change, but the problem has always been for such projects to sustain themselves commercially. This is compounded by a cultural hesitation to discuss money matters...

Why a Lack of Toilets Is Costing the Earth

Girish Menon | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Girish Menon

Fourteen years ago, the UN set its Millennium Development Goals to cut in half the proportion of people without safe water and improved sanitation. Progress on the sanitation target has been incredibly, unacceptably slow.