International Development

Blockchain Will Bring Empowerment And Transparency To Development

Jutta Steiner | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Tech
Jutta Steiner

In the case of bitcoin, this meant that all of a sudden there was an open system available that could automatically keep track of everyone's balances. New blockchain protocols will similarly replace the need for certain organizational solutions and allow different players that don't trust each other to build an almost magical digital commons that can be used by everyone.

Without Opportunity, Development Is Impossible - NGOs Should Be Opportunity Brokers

Simon O'Connell | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Simon O'Connell

In Jijiga, Ethiopia, Mercy Corps helps women expand their milk businesses, improving the incomes for hundreds of pastoralists and their families. Phot...

Zambia - Thinking About Faith

Ricky Ross | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Ricky Ross

Faith takes you to interesting places. I grew up in a family where three generations had all followed a calling to serve God in far off countries. Chi...

Why Turning Our Back On Overseas Territories Could Mean We Forget Ourselves

Chris Wright | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Politics
Chris Wright

On a pleasant day, on the terrace of my Antigua home, the island of Montserrat nestles majestically on the horizon. Occasionally, you can see the Souf...

Zambia - Thinking About Home

Ricky Ross | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK
Ricky Ross

When SCIAF (Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund ) asked me to go to Zambia to see their work there, a few things were made clear to me. Most peop...

Brexit Must Not Feed Exploitation

Catherine McKinnell | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK Politics
Catherine McKinnell

Fairtrade Fortnight (27 February - 12 March) is a time to show solidarity with those around the world who grow some of the food and drink we consume every day. Just as Britain's farmers should be properly paid for their goods and hard work, most of us want to know that producers in poorer countries are getting a fair day's pay and trading conditions for their toil.

There Is Still Time To Stop Somalia Being Devastated By Famine - But It Is Running Out Fast

Susannah Price | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK
Susannah Price

Mothers bring their children to a health clinic in an IDP camp in Baidoa, Somalia. C. UNICEFSomalia/2017/Prinsloo Baidoa is a dusty town haunted by t...

Time To Tackle The UK's Treasure Islands

Charlie Matthews | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK
Charlie Matthews

Tax campaigners turned London's Trafalgar Square into a tax haven in May 2016 On Wednesday the leaders of UK-linked tax havens - the so-called overse...

The Invaluable Work Done By DfID Should Be Championed, Not Chastised

Kate Osamor | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Politics
Kate Osamor

A Labour-run DfID would seek to offer a hybrid approach that focuses on economic, environmental and social development, without ever losing sight of what DfID was created to achieve. I will continue to champion the invaluable work DfID does and ensure the UK does not wane on its foreign aid commitments.

International Volunteering Is No Longer Just For The Rich

Philip Goodwin | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK
Philip Goodwin

A couple of weeks ago, it was reported in the national media that, early in her career, Education Secretary Justine Greening had been turned down for ...

How China's Growing Appetite For African Donkey Hides Is Threatening Survival In Developing Countries

Maria Khan | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK
Maria Khan

Image credit: SPANA Working animals. Sound familiar? Probably not. Did you know that there are nearly 200 million horses, donkeys, camels and elephan...

Africa's Energy Future

Lord Barker | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK
Lord Barker

The African Union Commission will be electing its next Chairperson at the end of January. This is an influential position, and whoever assumes it will play a major role in the direction the continent takes in the coming years - and in selecting which issues to prioritize.

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.