International Development

Britain Has Been Instrumental in the Yemen Humanitarian Effort - But Questions Must Be Asked of Arms Transfers to Saudi Arabia

Stephen Twigg | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Twigg

The International Development Committee is encouraged by DFID's focus on the long term development of Yemen and the department's support for UN efforts to facilitate peace talks. We urge the Government to apply pressure on all parties to the conflict so we can see progress in the peace talks and particularly to ensure that the accompanying ceasefire is adhered to by all sides.

Central African Republic: Helping the Most Vulnerable in the Most Difficult Places

Johan Eldebo | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Politics
Johan Eldebo

Last year one of my visits to the Central African Republic (CAR) ended in an evacuation across the river into the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as intense fighting shook Bangui, the capital city where we were. The night after we crossed the river we could clearly see and hear the artillery shells and the explosions in Bangui, wondering about the fate of the people still there and the future of the country.

Nepal - New Year, New Hope

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

None of this would have been possible without the commitment and dedication of more than 300 volunteers and partners who have gone the extra mile to support people who need it the most, but there's still lots more be done. As this New Year gets underway and recovery and reconstruction continue, we must not lose sight of Nepal's most vulnerable children - girls and children with disabilities - who desperately need an education to escape the cycle of poverty.

Afghanistan - Dying is Easy, Staying is Not

Jawed Nader | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Jawed Nader

In Afghanistan, dying is easy, staying is hard but not impossible. We should support those Afghans who have chosen this difficult path. Instead of throwing up their hands in fury at Afghan refugees arriving in Europe, international donors should be helping Afghans build a more secure and stable Afghanistan. Instead of cutting aid, it must be improved and increased.

Hunger Hurts: How Would Nigella Feed a Family During a Drought?

Himaya Quasem | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK
Himaya Quasem

The young women I met in Somaliland worry about the same things I do, but they are feeling fear instead of relief. Hunger is hurting families in Somaliland. Women, girls and mothers deserve our support. It's time to act before things get worse.

'Now Bid Me Run, and I Will Strive With Things Impossible'

Conrad Bird | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Politics
Conrad Bird

This year the GREAT Britain campaign, which promotes the best of Britain across the world, is celebrating Shakespeare's 400th Anniversary. Shakespear...

Ending Extreme Poverty Will Require New Ways of Working

Philip Goodwin | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK
Philip Goodwin

In terms of its ambition and scope, nothing quite like the Global Goals has ever been attempted. If successful, the impact on all our lives would be profound. It would be one of our defining accomplishments, but if we don't take these principles of cooperation on board, we may well be placing humanity's greatest endeavour out of our reach even before the ink has set on its agreement.

How Long Can Civil Society Be Ignored?

George McBride | Posted 17.04.2016 | UK
George McBride

The UN is becoming increasingly irrelevant in the drug policy debate as wealthy countries act unilaterally to bring about changes in their own countries, undermining the UN Drug Conventions but leaving them in place, unchanged.

Hunger Hurts: Extreme Weather is Killing Crops and Causing Hunger

Mike Noyes | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK
Mike Noyes

El Nino has caused the lowest recorded rainfall across parts of Southern Africa in decades. Crops and livestock are dying as drought takes hold. El Nino has already made more than 34 million people hungry in Eastern and Southern Africa. That number is set to double in the next 12 months.

The Conservatives - We are the Nasty Party

Nicholas Mazzei | Posted 10.04.2016 | UK Politics
Nicholas Mazzei

We aren't carrying out tough love anymore. Now, we are carrying out acts that are arrogant, short-minded and unnecessarily painful to people in the UK, who are starting to see our party for what it is. Nasty.

On the Road to Rio - Putting Nutrition at the Heart of EU Development Policy

Julie Ward | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Politics
Julie Ward

This year affords plenty of opportunities to increase both funding and political will to stop these preventable deaths. This summer I will be watching out, not just for the Olympic teams, but also for how well we score against Global Goal 2 in Rio.

The Panama Papers: Five Ways for David Cameron to Tackle UK Tax Havens

Anders Dahlbeck | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK
Anders Dahlbeck

The Panama Papers have rocked the world. Yet while the head offices of the law firm at the heart of the leak are far away in tropical Panama - some of the solutions to this scandal lie closer to home... Next month the UK will host a special tax and anti-corruption summit in London. Here are five things the Prime Minister could do to clean up UK tax havens.

The Global Goals: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back on Women's Rights?

Girish Menon | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK
Girish Menon

The Global Goals could be the catalyst for global change but the battle for transformative progress on ending poverty and inequality and the fight for gender equality does not end with these commitments - in many ways we are still at the beginning.

The Bitter Taste of Easter

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

There's a terrible irony that while we are getting fat on sugar, Ugandans are going hungry because of it. Leaves a bitter taste in your mouth, doesn't it?

Who Are the Invisible Workers Behind the Simple Water Tap?

Petra Ingram | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK
Petra Ingram

When you next turn on your tap to make a cup of tea, have a shower or water your plants, don't forget about the hard working donkey, the tap who is working hard to connect people with water and provide them with a better life, all over the world.

Walking for Water in India

Cerys Matthews | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Cerys Matthews

Today is World Water Day and this morning over 650million people around the world woke up with no clean water. That's one in ten people. Forced to drink, cook and wash with dirty water, people are at risk of getting sick and missing vital days of work and education, trapped in a cycle of poverty. Last month WaterAid invited me to travel to India with my 12-year-old daughter Glenys to see the situation for myself. I visited Sanabenakudi, a remote village in east India, to understand what everyday life is like for people living without access to safe water...

Leapfrogging The Grid: How Solar Is Solving Africa's Electricity Crisis

Edward Lowe | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Tech
Edward Lowe

During the television news in Zambia on the state-owned channel ZNBC, a sponsored advert from government owned electricity provider ZESCO precedes the...

Africa Needs More Female Scientific Leaders

Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Tech
Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho

Persistent gender bias also explains the low proportions of women in the highest echelons of science and technology. A particularly damaging stereotype is the 'maternal wall', which stems from expectations that a woman's job performance will be affected by her taking time off to have children, or absences from work to take care of her family.

Women and Their Property Rights in Tajikistan

Samira Sarifkhodjaeva | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK
Samira Sarifkhodjaeva

Land tenure is one of the challenges we face when helping families access decent housing. And even a greater challenge for women. Their right to own property are more limited than the rights enjoyed by men. As a result, we see that women cannot get credit, use financial services and other resources.

Building Businesses Not Schools: The New Face of Development

Edward Lowe | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK
Edward Lowe

How is working in one business going to make a dent in the development problem of Zambia? It will have a tiny impact on its own. But add up all those tiny impacts, and it is estimated that 500 businesses will be helped by Challenges Worldwide across Africa over the next three years, influencing the lives of 250,000 people. One small step at a time, and the new face of volunteering can help to give developing nations the tools to reach economic prosperity on their own.

Imagine Life Without Rain

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

We'd like to do a lot more to beat this crisis but we also want to stop future generations being devastated by drought. Around 70% of Africa's people depend on smallholder agriculture for a living and they produce the bulk of the continent's food. We have to find a way to help them survive major crisis - come rain or shine.

Better UK Tax Deal for Bangladesh Could Pay for 18,000 teachers

Lovisa Moller | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK
Lovisa Moller

Bangladesh lost around US$14.5 million as a result of a single clause in its UK tax treaty in 2013. That's enough to pay the salaries of up to 18,000 new teachers in a country where more than 4 in 10 girls are not in secondary school.

Here's How Mobile Innovation Can Help End Poverty

Philip Ellis | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK Tech
Philip Ellis

The digital inclusion conversation isn't limited to emerging markets, says Cairns; there are 90 million people in Europe who don't have a bank account or any digital means of payment, rendering travel by train or plane virtually impossible.

Language in School: If You Don't Understand, How Can You Learn

Aaron Benavot | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

How a country chooses the language for its education system is not an easy process. The decision is usually influenced by multiple factors: colonial h...

Fintech: Transformation, or Global Revolution?

Damian Kimmelman | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Tech
Damian Kimmelman

It's also easy to overstate the extent of the step change in the West. Yes, I can now move my money around more simply and quickly, borrow from different people than before, or check my balance with my phone - not my laptop.