What Are the SDGs and Why Should You Care?

Emma Fulu | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK
Emma Fulu

Its easy to be a little skeptical but hard not to be inspired by the ambition and potential of these unprecedented goals. Personally I think this represents a great leap forward and makes me hopeful about what we can achieve collectively in the next fifteen years. Remember, these are your Goals. Every single one of you.

How Facebook's Dislike Button Could End Poverty

Rachel Lees | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Tech
Rachel Lees

The global public have spoken. In our desire for an opportunity to 'show empathy' and in recognition that 'not every moment is a good moment' (to quote Facebook's head honcho Mark Zuckerberg) the social media giant is 'working on it'. Our ability to 'dislike' at the click of a thumb is on the horizon...

Why Unicef Won't Rest Until We Reach Every Child in Danger

David Bull | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK
David Bull

For too long, the world has tolerated widespread violence against children that leaves millions of children unsafe in their homes, schools and communities, presenting a significant barrier towards reaching overall development aims. Chad, for example, has the third highest rate of child marriage in the world. Child marriage often compromises a girl's development by resulting in early pregnancy and social isolation, interrupting her schooling, limiting her opportunities for career and vocational advancement and placing her at increased risk of domestic violence... The future of countries like Chad depend on us ensuring that the promises we make to the world's children in September are upheld, and that we fulfil our commitment to ensure that no child is left behind, no matter their circumstance.

Too Narrow a Focus on Finance, Not Enough on People

Philip Goodwin | Posted 20.06.2015 | 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.

20 March 2015: Time to Take Happiness More Seriously

Hans Zomer | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Hans Zomer

Friday 20 March is World Happiness Day. This is the third time that the world is being asked to mark a day dedicated to the pursuit of happiness - World Happiness Day was celebrated for the first time in 2013, following a decision by the United Nations General Assembly in July 2011.

Five Resolutions to Make 2015 a Game-changing Year for Global Health

Allan Pamba | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK
Allan Pamba

Nobody can yet comprehend the legacy that the current Ebola outbreak will leave. But that should galvanise us into action - it shows why 2015 must be the year to strengthen health systems and support innovative solutions that secure healthier lives and livelihoods.

Big 25 for the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Geeta Bandi-Phillips | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK
Geeta Bandi-Phillips

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is 25 years old this Thursday. What an amazing victory for all the child rights campaigners!

Can Mobile Technology Help Teachers to Be More Effective?

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Tech
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

I believe that if children are to enjoy their right to an education they must be taught by teachers who are properly trained and supported. There is a pressing need to consider how best to train teachers - both new teachers and up-skilling the large numbers of currently unqualified and under-qualified teachers through in-service training.

Closing the Gap for Post-2015: New Ambition for Acute Malnutrition

Sabrina de Souza | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK
Sabrina de Souza

Nutrition is both a maker and marker of development. Yet, undernutrition continues to hamper the ability of children to live happy, healthy lives and reach their full potential. Millions of children - 52 million to be exact - suffer from acute malnutrition.

The Soccer World Cup Is Over, but Off the Field Brazil Is Winning

Hans Zomer | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK
Hans Zomer

On July 24, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) published a new report on human development, showing that Brazil is one of the countries where progress has been greatest over the last 30 years.

Why We Should Be Campaigning for Media Freedom to be Included as an MDG

Priyanka Mogul | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK
Priyanka Mogul

Decision makers around the world are scrambling to reach their targets as the 2015 deadline looms for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Alongside that scramble, discussions have also begun as to what the world's new aims should be - what are the next set of goals the world should aspire to reach?

World Cup Reaches Fever Pitch, but There is Another Goal Worth Fighting For

Esther Worae | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK
Esther Worae

This Friday, 11 July, is World Population Day which was established by the UN to raise awareness of global population issues. So here it is: break down the barriers blocking women and girls from using contraception and we'll put an end to this needless loss of life, and make unsafe abortion a thing of the past.

What the Media Forgot to Tell You: Extreme Poverty Is on the Way Out

Hans Zomer | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK
Hans Zomer

We live in an age of mass media. Magazines, television, books, radio and social media provide us with a constant flow of information, news, entertainment and education. We now have access to information that previous generations could only dream of...

Generation Nutrition - If We Act Now, We Can End Child Deaths From Hunger in Our Lifetime

Glen Tarman | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK
Glen Tarman

We know that if we can make governments change the way they set their priorities, children's lives will be saved. We need to ensure that the issue of acute malnutrition doesn't only hit the headlines when natural disasters strike or when war erupts.

Over the Last Decade, 17million More Children Are Learning in sub-Saharan

Pauline Rose | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK
Pauline Rose

It is troubling that the 9% decline in aid spending to basic education in low income countries between 2010 and 2011 has hit 19 of the poorest countries - Tanzania amongst them. Without donor support to education as promised in 2000 at the World Education Forum in Dakar, these countries will struggle to provide the quality of education that their children deserve.

Funding a Future Generation: Where No Child Is Left Behind

Kat Pugh | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK
Kat Pugh

This week I attended the Commonwealth Observance Day service, where I was privileged to hear from Lord Coe, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Malala Yousafzai. The theme of the event centred around team as the Commonwealth builds up to the 2014 games.

Funding a Future Generation: Is Global Education on the Right Track?

Kat Pugh | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Kat Pugh

n a Western society, words are everywhere. Adverts on the tube, bus on billboards. There are words on our mobile phones, we can get apps which tell us the latest news, which tells us what is trending and which celebrity is pregnant, has been arrested or has overdosed...

Fighting to End Newborn Deaths Across the World

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

In an effort to save millions of newborn lives, we are urging all global leaders to take a stance this year and commit to a blueprint for change, namely, the Five Point Newborn Promise. This agenda focuses on training and equipping enough skilled healthcare workers to make sure no baby is born without proper help, and removing fees for all pregnancy and birth services.

The Resurgence of Preventable Diseases

Harry Brown | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Brown

For each new person promoting falsehoods about vaccines - the MDGs become that much harder to accomplish. In India, a country known for its political dysfunction, it has achieved extraordinary success by setting clear policy goals with adequate levels of funding and clear lines of responsibility.

The Global Learning Crisis Is Costing $129Billion a Year

Pauline Rose | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pauline Rose

Worldwide, millions of children are failing to learn the basics. Children who already face disadvantage - girls, the poor, the disabled those in rural areas, are being hit the hardest.

Donors Must Renew Their Commitment to Supporting Education Goals After 2015

Pauline Rose | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK
Pauline Rose

Some donors - including Canada, Spain and the United States - also channel a large share of their funds through non-government organizations. While this can be a means to reach marginalized children, it is unlikely to strengthen government education systems in the long term.

It's Time to Put People With Disabilities in the Picture

Dominic Haslam | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dominic Haslam

People with disabilities are being excluded from international development work across the world. I can say that with confidence - or at least, I think I can. The reality is that the picture is unclear because no one bothers to count the number of children with disabilities in school or the percentage of women with disabilities accessing support for domestic violence.

Lessons From Australia

Bertrand Audoin | Posted 28.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Bertrand Audoin

The Darwin conference has been a great opportunity to see for myself how excited Australia is about AIDS2014 and just how efficient different communities are already being in their preparations for the event.

Bringing the Party Along

Charlie Matthews | Posted 07.12.2013 | UK Politics
Charlie Matthews

Many people may not have expected the Conservatives to include in their 2010 manifesto a pledge to spend 0.7% of national income on international aid....

What Could a Universal Set of Development Goals Mean for the UK?

Helen Dennis | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK
Helen Dennis

"A single framework and set of goals - universal in nature and applicable to all countries"... These words were agreed by governments at the UN General Assembly last week. They might not leap off the page at you - but let yourself digest them and their radical potential should become apparent.