International Development

How to Get a World Free of Malaria

James Whiting | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK
James Whiting

Our generation can be proud of what is being achieved across global development - and the malaria fight is the poster child for what has been done and what could be. In the first half of the twenty first century there is the possibility of the eradication of the biggest disease in human history.

Why the Disasters in Nepal and Burundi Matter

Jeremy Horner | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK
Jeremy Horner

f these day to day deaths happened in the UK we'd be outraged and I think a time is coming, as we get more globally connected, when we'll feel the urgency, as we see those like us struggling to survive. Extreme poverty really is the daily emergency of our times.

Tackling Climate Change Does More Than Tackle Climate Change

Joe Ware | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Joe Ware

One of the rocks that climate change sceptics like to throw at those advocating action to tackle climate change is that it's all very well for the rich developed world to reduce its carbon footprint but it's immoral to ask the world's poor to give up cheap energy such as coal. Yes, climate change may be happening, they say, but it's unfair to pull up the fossil fuel ladder from developing countries.

The New Conservative Government Needs to Prioritise Ending the Injustice of Hunger

Rose Caldwell | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK
Rose Caldwell

As the post-election dust settles and MPs start to move into their new offices in Whitehall, I want the Department for International Development (DFID) to prioritise the injustice of hunger and undernutrition; a leading cause of child mortality accounting for one-third of all deaths of children under five.

Kenya's Girls Deserve Better

Charles Mwangi Waituru | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK
Charles Mwangi Waituru

Crossing the road to my office from lunch recently, a tiny girl ran after me and held my hand to ask for money. I told her that it is not right for children to beg. She looked at me sternly as if daring me to do anything about it. Looking over my shoulder I saw her young mother sitting by the roadside keenly watching, encouraging her.

Drugs Are a Development Issue - It's Time for a New Approach

Sarah K Edwards | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Sarah K Edwards

As governments, policy makers, academics and civil society gather together, it is time to call for a new approach that puts public health, human rights and development at the heart of global drugs policy.

Healthy Lives Mean Smarter Kids, Period

Hervé Verhoosel | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Hervé Verhoosel

Every year, the lives of 453,000 children under the age of 5 are taken globally due to malaria, and that number is magnified when looking at Africa, where a child dies every minute because of the disease. These figures shed light on the scale of the issue, but they don't tell the whole story.

Living Below the Line So That Others Can Rise Above It

Jeremy Horner | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK
Jeremy Horner

At emerge poverty free we work through local partners in East Africa to help people lift themselves out of poverty. Sometimes this is through an education project or by provision of clean water, and sometimes it is by establishing a demonstration farm, so that local communities can learn about improved farming techniques and better crops.

Not a Day to Waste

James Whiting | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK
James Whiting

I'm a firm believer in Winston Churchill's adage, "No one should waste a day". World Malaria Day (25 April) is most definitely a day we don't want to waste because the stakes in the battle against the world's oldest disease are so incredibly high.

Small Things, Big Difference

Arabella Gilchrist | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK
Arabella Gilchrist

A week ahead of World Malaria Day, there is much that rings true in his words, for in the fight against the world's biggest killer disease, many small things (backed by some big commitment) have led to extraordinary progress...

Too Narrow a Focus on Finance, Not Enough on People

Philip Goodwin | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK
Philip Goodwin

I'm in New York this week to engage in the Post 2015 development process first hand. I know I'm not alone when I say that the process to agree a new agenda for the fight on global poverty is confusing and impenetrable. This week's focus is on financing and implementation. It's the "who's-going-to-pay?" and "how's-it-going-to-happen?" parts of the puzzle.

Labour Will Reduce the Amount of Aid Delivered by Consultants

Mary Creagh | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Politics
Mary Creagh

There is a clear choice at the election. Another five years of the Tories' misspending the aid budget because they don't believe in justice for the world's poorest; or Labour's better plan to ensure the development budget is spent well, spent on the right things and properly accounted for.

Promises, Promises... How Are We Doing on Malnutrition?

Aaron Oxley | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Politics
Aaron Oxley

In the UK this has been a week of big promises. With the general election just around the corner, we saw the launch of the manifestos of all three major political parties setting out what they will do to make life better if they are elected...

Charity Giving, UK and US Style

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

Interestingly there's more of a Christian cultural overlay in America, yet the Christian faith in the UK still has more of an influence - so you'll get the Archbishop of Canterbury quoted on the evening news talking about economic issues, something you'd never get church leaders doing in America.

Harping on About Water

Catrin Finch | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK
Catrin Finch

I accompanied Serawark on her daily routine and was appalled to see that the water she depends on was teeming with leeches. I watched as Serawark tried her best to only collect the cleanest water by painstakingly filtering out insects and silt with a jug.

Cyclone Pam and the British Good Samaritan

Joe Ware | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK
Joe Ware

By making the aid budget a percentage of Gross National Income (GNI) it will go up and down as our economy grows and shrinks. So when times are tough here, the amount we give will go down.

Worth the Wait: The UK's Aid Commitment Is a Big Step for International Development

Adrian Lovett | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Politics
Adrian Lovett

Monday marked the end of a long wait. 45 years, to be exact. The International Development Bill passed its third reading - the last step before Royal Assent. The Bill will enshrine in law the UK's commitment to invest 0.7 per cent of our national income (GNI) in international aid. But who is celebrating?

Will 2015 Be the Most Historic Year for Women in History?

Mariella Frostrup | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK
Mariella Frostrup

At every point in history women have always struggled for recognition, rights and equality. This year is no different. The journey for women in the UK, and globally, is far from over. Our incomes and ownership of resources still lag behind men's. Our representation when important decisions are being made - whether in parliaments, boardrooms, or negotiating tables - is paltry. The demands on our time, particularly from unpaid work and care, are overwhelming. And one in three of us will experience violent assault in our lifetime. But I firmly believe the tables are turning.

Reviving the role of Japan in Africa's Development

Charles Mwangi Waituru | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK
Charles Mwangi Waituru

While TICAD presents Africa with a powerful instrumental instrument for mobilizing the Means of Implementing the Sustainable development goals, those of us in Africa with an interest in this cannot afford to sit back and wait for the agenda to be agreed.

Terrorism Laws Risk Putting Aid Delivery in Jeopardy

Abdurahman Sharif | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK
Abdurahman Sharif

Providing humanitarian aid in conflict zones can mean having to negotiate access to areas where proscribed groups operate. This poses a risk that can lead to prosecution under UK counter-terrorism laws.

Why International Development Needs to Be More Like Victoria Beckham

Nuria Molina Gallart | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK
Nuria Molina Gallart

When Victoria Beckham pulled off the unthinkable and became a world respected fashion designer she didn't decide: "I'm going to be the next H&M of the fashion industry". She thought big and decided to be the next Yves Saint Laurent.

Talking Straight to Mr Free Market About Fairness

Harriet Lamb | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK
Harriet Lamb

It's time to tell him straight: You are pretty damn good at many things, mate. You are simply the best at growth - no one comes near you. But you are starting to look a little overweight, what with all the mergers and acquisitions?

Sustainable Development - Moving Away From Aid Dependency

Anas Sarwar | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Politics
Anas Sarwar

Today in Addis Ababa, the African Union (AU) meets for its annual summit which this year will focus on women's empowerment and developing Agenda 2063, their 50 year development plan. This long term approach aims for inclusive growth and sustainable development and a shift away from aid-dependency.

Don't Dodge the Issue, We Need to Crack Down on Tax Avoidance

Billy Hill | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Politics
Billy Hill

Like 30 million other Brits, the PAYE system automatically takes a certain chunk from my salary each month. However, for some, it's a different story. Tax avoidance has become global issue splashed across every national newspaper.

Women Are Being Failed in the Global Fight Against Ebola

Gavin Shuker | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Shuker

Sadly, this is a cultural issue, not a medical one. Women's inferior status is brutally manifested in visibly higher infection rates, and analysts warn the knock-on effects of this deadly virus will also hit female family members hardest.