International Development

DFID's Efforts Undermined As The Government Stalls On Anti-Corruption

Stephen Twigg | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Twigg

DFID's support for efforts to tackle corruption in developing countries will fall flat if the wider Government does not continue to push for global advances on tax avoidance and tax evasion. If corporations are allowed to continue profiting from the poor, and stashing the proceeds elsewhere, developing country governments will remain unable to provide basic services and their citizens will be forced to engage in petty corruption in order to survive.

2017: A Year To Restore Hope For Children

Sarah Brown | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK
Sarah Brown

The voices we heard in 2016 delivered unexpected political outcomes but I am not sure that we have yet fully understood what the message was. What is abundantly clear is that many people feel short-changed on hope. They want action. We must challenge our current circumstances both by acknowledging where we are and by calling for more and for better - better government, better funding and fairness, better life chances.Following an extraordinary year, here are my revised campaign priorities for the changed world in which we now live.

Direct Aid Helps The World's Poorest

Mike Noyes | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK
Mike Noyes

Over the last week the ever more shrill criticism of international aid found a new target - the practise of giving money directly to some of the poorest and most vulnerable people, otherwise known as cash transfers. The allegation made was that this amounted to setting up UK-funded cashpoints for the poor. However the reality is somewhat different... Giving cash directly to women like Julum and Elphine is not wasteful but it is empowering and effective. We need to be vigilant to always ensure aid money is not being misspent.

Zero Possibility Of 'Getting To Zero' On Child Mortality?

Helen Morton | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK
Helen Morton

If the global community is serious about 'getting to zero' on under-five child deaths, it needs to be equally serious about drowning, positioning prevention as a priority; a forgotten, but fundamental, Global Goal enabler.

Seeing Effective Aid In Action

Jack Abrey | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Abrey

Thanks to WaterAid's work, they will no longer have to make this arduous journey. A safe water source in the village will completely transform the community, helping reduce disease, and giving young people more time to go to school and to play, the chance of a better future.

The Young Women Bringing Hope To Africa

Fiona Mavhinga | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Fiona Mavhinga

Photo credit: Camfed Looking back on 2016, I ask myself why I am so hopeful as I write this. This was a year of change, uncertainty and in many corne...

Christmas Crises, Humanitarian Disasters, And Hope

Johan Eldebo | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK
Johan Eldebo

Sometimes I struggle with Christmas. It is that time of the year when there is an expectation to be happy. And yet when I look out the window, there ...

Inclusive Water, Sanitation And Hygiene Essential For Life With Dignity

Jane Wilbur | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Jane Wilbur

From Liberia to Nepal, Ethiopia to India, progress is being made to ensure more disabled people are living lives with dignity with inclusive water infrastructure, accessible toilets and improved hygiene services.

International Development: What Does 24 Years Teach You?

Sarah Nancollas | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Sarah Nancollas

So what have I learned in the last 24 years? That when it comes to international development, there is no change without great people and as long as there are those with a real passion to drive things forward, the future is in safe hands.

Britain's Trade And Aid Policy After Brexit - Neo-Liberalism Goes Mad

Mark Curtis | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Curtis

Unless there is a serious challenge, Britain is set to increasingly promote a failed model of international trade that will impoverish developing countries still further. It will also likely pursue an aid strategy that supports corporations, neo-liberal economic objectives and wider British foreign policy.

International Development: What Does 24 Years Teach You?

Sarah Nancollas | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK
Sarah Nancollas

After 24 years in international development, my time has come to move on. While I'll remain working in the charity sector, my next job isn't in international development.

World Aids Day And A Very Special Cinema

Sophie Harman | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Sophie Harman

This World AIDS Day I'll be reflecting on my extraordinary year working with women living with HIV/AIDS to make the unique feature film, 'Pili'. As an...

Waste Less, Warm Less: Building A 'Circular' Economy Would Take Us A Long Way Towards Achieving The Paris Climate Agreement

Richard Gower | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Richard Gower

All of these examples have two things in common: they are happening now, and the potential for scale-up is exciting. What's more, most of these 'circular economy' strategies do not feature in countries' existing climate plans. Rolling them out more widely could take us a big step closer towards meeting the Paris Agreement's 1.5 degree target.

Drought In Zimbabwe: Getting Cash For Food Into People's Hands

Laurie Lee | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK
Laurie Lee

East and Southern Africa is suffering a terrible drought as a result of El Nino. Zimbabwe is one of the most badly affected countries with an estimate...

These Young Women Entrepreneurs Could Make All The Difference For Zimbabwe

Fiona Mavhinga | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK
Fiona Mavhinga

This month 11,800 girls in Zimbabwe who, like me, have been supported through school by Camfed - the Campaign for Female Education - will graduate from secondary school. They're the fortunate ones - given a chance in life by securing their right to a quality education.

Ebola, One Year On: The Political Economy Of Life And Death

Yannis Gourtsoyannis | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK
Yannis Gourtsoyannis

Last week Sierra Leone marked the first anniversary of the declaration of the end of the Ebola outbreak by the World Health Organisation (WHO). A tot...

Comprehending Chaos: Humanitarian Aid In Mali

Johan Eldebo | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Johan Eldebo

Humanitarian aid is usually most needed in some of the most difficult places on the planet. These are places that lack what we take for granted such as water, food and safety but instead have plenty of conflict, food insecurity and disease. If you are a child in a place like that life is difficult, often far too short and full of terrible choices.

Pikin To Pikin Tok - The Power Of Participation For Unlocking Girls Potential

Gerison Lansdown | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK
Gerison Lansdown

Photo credit: Andrea Gordon The Global Education Monitoring Report 2016 identifies that education is a fundamental tool for empowering young girls a...

My Experience As UK Youth Delegate To The UN General Assembly

Takyiwa Danso | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Takyiwa Danso

Young people have always been leading campaigns without the permission of world leaders. The only way to make this change sustainable is to establish strong partnerships with decision-makers across all levels and develop a mutual respect for youth voices.

Six Months On From The Panama Papers, Here's Five Ways For Theresa May To Tackle Tax Dodging

Charlie Matthews | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK
Charlie Matthews

The new UK Prime Minister Theresa May set out her stall early, promising on the steps of Downing Street that her tax policy would "prioritise not the wealthy, but you" and pledging that "we have decided to do more to stop aggressive tax avoidance and to fight corruption". It all sounds very promising, but success will depend on how she puts her words into action. Ahead of her speech to Conservative Party Conference we look at what she can do...

Sport And The Sustainable Development Goals: New Methods of Engagement

Angus Berry | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Sport
Angus Berry

Published a year ago now, the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer the world a framework around which global development can rally. The new goals offered, for the first time, a truly north to south appreciation of the issues and challenges facing the world today.

Somalia: Moving Out Of The Shadows Of War And Poverty And On The Road To Stability

Yasmin Ahmed | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK
Yasmin Ahmed

For over two decades, Somalia was known as a failed state- a state lacking effective government, controlled by warlords and terrorists and plagued by frequent phases of natural and man-inflicted disasters.

One Year Into The Global Goals And The UK Is No Further Ahead

Stephen Twigg | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Twigg

The Global Goals were adopted by the UN General Assembly a year ago this week. As those assembled in New York prepare to celebrate their first birthday, back in the UK the Government's response remains slow and disappointing.

Globally United To #EndItForGood

James Whiting | Posted 20.09.2016 | UK
James Whiting

At Malaria No More UK, we know the importance of sustaining this momentum. We will continue to inspire the public, protect those most at risk and build partnerships with people and organisations who share our vision of a malaria-free world. And to borrow a hashtag from the Global Fund's inspiring replenishment campaign, this time lets stay united to #EndItForGood.

Orphanages Are Not A Holiday Destination: The Problem With Voluntourism and 'Poverty Porn'

Philip Ellis | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK
Philip Ellis

As the market research keeps telling us, millennials are all about experiences. And when it comes to life-enriching experiences, there's nothing more fulfilling than volunteering in an orphanage in a developing country, right? Fulfilling for the volunteer, maybe.