International Development

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.

Sixty-Year-Old UK Tax Deal Is Hurting the World's Poorest Country

Anders Dahlbeck | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK
Anders Dahlbeck

The Malawi Government desperately needs money to tackle poverty. Yet a 1955 tax treaty with the UK is tying their hands and making it nearly impossible to collect tax from UK companies operating there. The tax treaty is so old that it was signed by the British Governor on behalf of the British colonies of Southern Rhodesia, Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland.

Why Coach Class Isn't Enough for Africa

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

From my experience, these billionaires will be well informed individuals who donate substantial sums to charity every year. I have nothing but admiration for what many of them have achieved, but goodness I would like to get them on a coach and take them on a magical mystery tour, sharing some of the sights I have witnessed in Africa.

It's Time to Break the Chains of Dependency for Girls and Women

Justine Greening | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK Politics
Justine Greening

Throughout history, girls and women have often been invisible outside the home. Even now, in 2016, there are countries where women are prevented from getting a job, from owning their own land and even from setting up a bank account. This strips them of their independence. For every aspect of their lives, these women are completely reliant on someone else. It's time to break these chains of dependency. Now we have the chance. Today, the UN Secretary General announced he is establishing an expert team of leading politicians, expert economists, charity heads and business leaders to jumpstart a global movement on women's economic empowerment. I'm privileged to be joining this High Level Panel, alongside the President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim and many eminent names who will be announced over the next few weeks.

Crude Spoils: Nigeria's $3.3bn Tax Break for Big Oil Companies

Anders Dahlbeck | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK
Anders Dahlbeck

Three of the world's biggest oil and gas companies - Shell, Total and ENI - were granted an extraordinary series of tax breaks worth a staggering US$3.3billion in Nigeria, a country where millions of people live in extreme poverty.

We Need to Defend the DfID Budget and Make Sure It Is Used for International Development

Diane Abbott | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

Prime Minister Questions last week saw Conservative MP Philip Davies argue (sadly echoing the comments of an MP from our own benches over the Christmas break) that money should be taken from the international development budget to pay for the much needed extra resources to deal with the consequences of the recent flooding. This is a false choice - however, it is not the only threat to Britain's international development budget.

Five Reasons Why Volunteering Should Be on Your New Year's Resolution List

Usaama Kaweesa | Posted 03.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Usaama Kaweesa

I know, I know, resolutions can sometimes feel a bit tired, but they can still be useful. At the start of 2015, I knew I wanted to volunteer, so I set myself some ambitious goals to make a difference by volunteering my time. By the summer, I had left the UK to work side-by-side with local volunteers in Uganda on international development projects with Restless Development.

12 Young Women That Inspired Me in 2015

Alex Kent | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Kent

Finally, we've made it to the the end of 2015 - a long awaited year for so many of us working in international development. There have been negotiations aplenty, 17 new Global Goals and ambitious commitments.

A Resolution Worth Keeping: Helping Africa Survive Its Disasters

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

Obviously nothing can alleviate nature's disasters - whether they are prompted by climate change or by the earth's natural movement like the shifting of tectonic plates - but we can better prepare people from peril. We can make them more resilient to crisis and more capable of bouncing back.

Christmas Hope in a World of Despair

Johan Eldebo | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK
Johan Eldebo

Today there is still plenty of brokenness around the world. Conflicts have escalated to the point where hundreds of thousand refugees are forced to travel all the way to Europe in search for safety, whilst millions still remain in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

From Fair Trade to Building Peace: Falling in Love Again at 54

Harriet Lamb | Posted 05.12.2015 | UK
Harriet Lamb

With borders a constant flashpoint, International Alert undertook research on the needs of women cross-border traders in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The women identified the lack of storage for their fresh produce as a major problem. As a result, the World Bank is now building a cold storage there.

From the East End to Southeast Africa - One Day Young in Malawi

Jenny Lewis | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK
Jenny Lewis

I started the original One Day Young project in East London back in 2008, photographing over 150 mothers at home with their babies in the first twenty-four hours of life. When invited me to extend this project to Malawi, to raise awareness about women giving birth without clean water or sanitation for their Deliver Life appeal, I was apprehensive.

Climate Change Will Create More Refugees Than Any of the Conflicts in the Past Half Century - The Paris Talks Cannot Fail

Seb Dance | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Politics
Seb Dance

We need to lay the foundations for a legally binding agreement that will limit global warming below 2°C - beyond which the more extreme and uncontrollable effects of global warming will occur. The plans submitted by 180 countries put us at about 2.7°C. This is a good start, but there is a way to go.

Where There's a Will There's a Way

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

Imagine you needed to solve the greatest problem facing humanity; a problem that was universally acknowledged and whose solution was an urgent necessity. Most of us would do anything to save a person we love. Surely we would also spend any amount of money, mortgage our futures even, to save the planet, our life-support system, from catastrophic climate change? But with such commitment and devotion comes vulnerability. This is particularly so when it comes to the issue of climate finance.

Goodwill to One and All?

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

The season of cheery goodwill is approaching fast. The big Christmas ads are up and running, the city centre lights are sparkling against the chilled night skies and holiday plans are being formulated.

Paul Vale

Tory MP Chairing UN Security Council Links Isis To Instability

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Vale | Posted 22.11.2015 | UK Politics

NEW YORK -- French President Francois Hollande will land in the United States next week, having already travelled to Russia in the hope of building a ...

United to Defeat the World's Deadliest Pest

James Whiting | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK
James Whiting

It's true what they say, there is strength in numbers. And we are committed to building a network of malaria champions with business leaders, philanthropists, innovators, decision makers and governments to combine efforts and win the battle against malaria once and for all.

Myanmar: Punishing Dissent

James Coe | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Politics
James Coe

As the world's magnifying glass increasingly hones in on this once obscure country, it is likely that scrutiny of its human rights record will only intensify.

Hope - Little Word; Big Aspirations

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

Are you travelling hopefully or hopelessly? Is your idea of hope getting a seat on the train home or securing a loan? Hope is a very small word with a very big remit of possibilities. For everyone, everywhere it means something different and that 'different' can change every minute of every day.

A New Beginning for Children

Sarah Brown | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK
Sarah Brown

Today some 60million children still do not see a single day at school. We must look at what we did right and what we did wrong in order to move forward with energy and purpose and not break promises again.

How Long Will It Take to End Child Malnutrition: 15 or 150 Years?

Sabrina de Souza | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Politics
Sabrina de Souza

If we get this right, my great-great-granddaughter won't be witnessing the end to malnutrition, I will. And so will you.

Could You Teach a Class of 100?

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

At VSO, we recognise that technology is no magic bullet solution but can empower teachers to deliver their lessons effectively. Unlocking Talent is part of a broad strategy for improving education in Malawi that is also increasing the number of teachers trained in using child-centred teaching methods.

Charity Begins at Home, But Where's Home?

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

When did migration stop being a word for the seasonal movement of animals and birds and become the catch-all for a permanent change of life - whatever your past, whatever your circumstances?

Paul Vale

Justine Greening: Foreign Aid Is Keeping Our Country Secure And Opening New Markets

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Vale | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Politics

NEW YORK -- A loud bang of the gavel at the United Nations on Friday marked the start of a hugely ambitious 15-year-plan to improve the planet on a sw...

This Week Changes Everything

Adam Stones | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK
Adam Stones

This week sees one of the most important events in Earth's recent history, so please pay attention... On Friday, world leaders will gather at the UN to ratify the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, and set a path for 2030 to eradicate poverty, tackle inequality and fix climate change. Yep, it's pretty significant.