International Development

Mission Possible - Delivering Global Goals Through the Power of Volunteering

Philip Goodwin | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK
Philip Goodwin

Like our programmes, our volunteers are diverse and operating all around the world, but one thing unites them. Regardless of age, location, background or experience, all volunteers have a part to play in delivering the Global Goals. This mission would be impossible without them.

The Show Must Go On

Dan Corry | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK Politics
Dan Corry

Uncertainty is the bane of any decision-maker's life, but periods of uncertainty are also when we most need someone to make some decisions. In our ow...

How the Private Sector Can Help Us Reach Everyone, Everywhere With Clean Water

Barbara Frost | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK
Barbara Frost

Water is a vital resource, and access a basic human right. By working together, we can create bigger impact and empower local communities affected by water scarcity and poor sanitation, in order to reach everyone, everywhere by 2030.

An Open Letter to the Next UN Secretary General

Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK
Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho

I would like to congratulate you on your election, especially against such an experienced and talented group of candidates. I wish you well in maintaining the United Nations' impact as one of the leading global institutions, and its role in promoting international cooperation on the most important issues facing humanity...

Sands of Time: The World's Largest Refugee Camp Turns 25

Luke Browne | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK
Luke Browne

Most conflicts now burn on for an average of 37 years, and those uprooted by them are crying out for a humanitarian response that reflects this. If a new deal for Kenya is realised over the coming months, Dadaab may no longer remain an anachronism. It could, with the right imagination, political drive and institutional support, come to represent the future.

A Fair Chance for Every Child

Mike Penrose | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK
Mike Penrose

Every child, no matter where they are born, has the right to a healthy start in life, the right to an education and the right to a safe, secure childhood. But around the world, millions of children are being denied these rights, for no other reason than the country, community, the gender or the circumstances into which they are born. We cannot and we must not let this huge injustice continue.

Invisible Women Let's Come Together to Support Widows Around the World

Lord Loomba | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Lord Loomba

Today I ask you to do the opposite - to share the message around the world that this cannot continue. For too long, the plight of widows and their families has been ignored, not talked about, not acted upon. Let's change that together.

The EU Has Acted on Minerals That Underwrite Modern Slavery

Seb Dance | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Seb Dance

After years of campaigning, the European Union has agreed an outline deal to combat the unchecked trade in natural resources, which fuels some of the world's most brutal conflicts, underwriting child labour, sexual violence and modern slavery.

Aid: Honestly, There's a Lot More to It Than Stats

Ben Jackson | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK
Ben Jackson

If you've been reading certain doom-filled parts of the media over the last couple of weeks, you may think that the debate about aid centres on number...

The African Child: Vibrant and Full of Potential

Tanya Barron | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK
Tanya Barron

Image: Plan International For a quarter of a century, 16th June has marked Day of the African Child. Back in 1991, many thought of the continent as p...

The UK Should Be Proud to Lead on Meeting the 0.7% Target for Aid

Stephen Twigg | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Twigg

I welcome today's Westminster Hall debate. It is important that we have an open discussion about UK aid. I am proud of the many positive things which aid has delivered but I am determined that we provide both accountability and value for money.

We Can Criticise and Be Proud of Foreign Aid at the Same Time

Harriet Lamb | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Politics
Harriet Lamb

So today when Parliament debates whether Britain should keep its recent commitment to devote 7 pence in every £10 of our national wealth to aid, we will be confidently declaring, alongside politicians from all sides of the House, that we are #ProudOfAid.

In 2016, Could the World's Poorest Countries Redefine 'Development' for Everyone?

Ian Scoones | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK
Ian Scoones

When the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed last September, there was much expectation about how they could help get sustainability back...

Five Lessons About Starting a Business in a Developing Country

Edward Lowe | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK
Edward Lowe

There is no doubt about it; social enterprise is a hot topic right now. Balancing making profit with having a positive impact on the world is something that many entrepreneurs are striving for, and increasingly leading them to focus on some of the world's developing nations.

Collaboration Is Key: There's No Limit to the Good That Tech Can Do

James Chen | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Tech
James Chen

Current rates of poor vision are having a seismic impact on the economic and social development of countries around the world. One recent report found that rates of poor vision cost the global economy $3 trillion a year.

What's Really Happening to Our Planet?

Tony Juniper | Posted 29.05.2016 | UK
Tony Juniper

While we know more and more about our world, we are also more confused than ever. We are confused as to whether or not we have major problems on our hands, and if we do how serious they are, never mind what to do about them.

World Humanitarian Summit: Progress Towards Better Aid for Those in Need

Johan Eldebo | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Politics
Johan Eldebo

A few weeks ago I was in the Central African Republic, one of the most complex humanitarian crises I have experienced. 420,000 people are internally displaced and over 2.3 million people are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. This is about half of the population of the CAR.On top of going through numerous coup d'états since its independence, this war-torn country also has some of the lowest human development indicators in the world.

The EU and the Commonwealth - The UK's Place in Both

Hugo Swire | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Politics
Hugo Swire

Some have suggested that Brexit is a patriotic cause. And to argue for the UK to remain in the EU is somehow unpatriotic. I reject that entirely. I, as Britain's Minister for the Commonwealth, believe that the patriotic thing to do is what is in our country's long term interests. And I believe these interests are best served by re-committing to the Commonwealth and to a reformed EU.

It Is Right to Question Foreign Aid, But We Must Remember the Vital Causes It Serves

Phil Vernon | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK
Phil Vernon

On 13th June, the UK Parliament will debate the proposition that the government's approach to foreign aid is flawed. This is based on a petition initi...

Will We Give Half the World a Voice?

Philip Goodwin | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK
Philip Goodwin

Unless we want to find ourselves in 2030 having failed to fulfil our commitments, writing another set of Global Goals, mourning the loss of a great opportunity for change, we must take the role of youth seriously. Young people have a passion for change that gives them the drive to shape the world they live in. In the mission to end poverty and deliver on the Global Goals, what better allies to have?

World Humanitarian Summit: A Humanitarian Contribution to Peace Is the Missing Piece of the Puzzle

Harriet Lamb | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK
Harriet Lamb

What do you have as your screensaver? While some companies allow staff to revel in their favourite sunset snap or their kids pulling hideous faces, others provide the screensavers to focus minds on the top priorities.

My Biggest Hope for the World Humanitarian Summit

Diane Abbott | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

My biggest hope for the World Humanitarian Summit is that resources are allocated to support grass roots women-led organisations, which have been shown to have the greatest impact in delivering both safety for the women of the global south and prosperity for their communities.

Three in Four Women Experience Harassment and Violence in Their City

Sarah Carson | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK
Sarah Carson

On International Safe Cities for Women Day, ActionAid is calling on the UK government to fund the life changing work of women's rights organisations in developing countries, so that no woman or girl has to live in fear of violence in her city.

Older Voices in Humanitarian Crises: Calling for Change

Toby Porter | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK
Toby Porter

We need to listen to the very people we are failing, those who are vulnerable and unable to access appropriate help when needed. The World Humanitarian Summit is an opportunity to make that change - we must not let it slip through our grasp.

Worlds Apart: A Girl's Eye View of Hunger

Himaya Quasem | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK
Himaya Quasem

Nimah's family has lost 25 of their 35 sheep to the drought. If the remaining sheep are lost it could tip the family into destitution. Without livestock they will have nothing to eat or trade with. This prospect makes Nimah fear for her younger siblings.