Millennium Development Goals

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

Kat Pugh | Posted 06.03.2014 | 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...

Join Our Call to Make Women Matter

Claire Morris | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK
Claire Morris

Women around the world are still facing some of the worst discrimination imaginable. From child marriage to female genital mutilation and inexcusably high rates of maternal mortality, the list goes on. As we approach International Women's Day, it doesn't seem like there is much to celebrate.

Giving Birth in Sierra Leone: Not Just Women's Stuff

Robin Lustig | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Sierra Leone should be one of the most prosperous countries in West Africa, with its diamonds, iron ore and bauxite reserves. Yet, the vast majority of its people live in grinding poverty, and the country has the fourth highest maternal mortality rate in the world. On health, though, it is making progress.

What Will It Take to End Poverty?

Intelligence Squared | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Politics
Intelligence Squared

Poverty has always been with humanity - even Jesus said that the poor would always be with us. Yet while nothing short of a miracle would have made poverty eradication possible 2,000 years ago - neither emperors nor kings had the knowledge or resources to do it - today, we have what it takes to tackle poverty.

Saving Mothers' and Babies' Lives in DRC

Robin Lustig | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

When Agnes Lunkembesa gave birth to her ninth child, she decided enough was enough. But although she knew perfectly well how babies were made, she had no idea how to stop them being made.

Extreme Poverty Reduction: An MDGs Success Story?

Hayley Richardson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Hayley Richardson

The goal of extreme poverty reduction is surely the best-known of the UN's eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). On the face of it, target 1a - to halve, from 1990 levels, the proportion of people living on less than $1.25 a day by 2015 - is seen as a success story of the MDGs project, having been achieved five years ahead of schedule.

Why Have the Millenium Development Goals Performed So Well on Safe Drinking Water but So Poorly on Sanitation?

Alastair Roderick | Posted 07.12.2013 | UK
Alastair Roderick

As the 2015 end-date of the MDGS draws near, a puzzle remains: why has the target on clean water been surpassed, while progress on sanitation has been so poor? Surely water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) go together? This question goes to the heart of the MDG worldview, and the problem of measuring development generally.

About What Peter Buffett Said on Philanthropy, ROI and Understanding

Bettina Gronblom | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK
Bettina Gronblom

With global economic uncertainty still with us, and sovereign states struggling and cutting back on their spending, expectations of philanthropists, charities and aid agencies are immense. We are trying to practise cost cutting and to find new ways of helping because we are frustrated with the old ways.

Child Marriage: We Require Collective Global Action to Support Local Change

Lakshmi Sundaram | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Politics
Lakshmi Sundaram

How can we tackle a problem like child marriage, a practice that has taken place for generations, across countries, cultures and continents? How can we address a local, family issue that is so personal to the girls involved, yet that has far-reaching consequences for global development?

Mulitlateral Agencies Should Renew Their Commitment to Basic Education

Pauline Rose | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Politics
Pauline Rose

The support of multilateral agencies for basic education is slowing compared with other sectors and bilateral donors. Unless multilateral aid is increased, there is a danger that growing support to new areas such as skills development will squeeze the scarce resources for basic education even further, to the detriment of the most disadvantaged.

Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling of the Millennium Development Goals

Marg Mayne | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK
Marg Mayne

Globally, women and girls are estimated to account for almost two-thirds of the people who live in extreme poverty. Women currently perform two-thirds of the world's work and produce 50 percent of the food, yet earn only ten percent of the income. To add to this injustice, only one in five parliamentarians worldwide is a woman.

The UK Will Help Tackle the Great Neglect of Disability

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

I believe we have reached a watershed moment on disability - one which we cannot afford to get wrong. Development progress is only as good as the weakest member and progress made across the world is diluted if the most vulnerable are left behind. If developing countries are to move forward into prosperity and greater self-reliance, they must take everyone on the journey.

Shit Matters: Improving Access to Water Is Key to Child Survival

Sabrina de Souza | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK
Sabrina de Souza

Thursday morning 7.00am Alarm goes off... snooze 7.18am Alarm goes off for the second time... probably time to get up 7.20am Use toilet 7.21am Fl...

No Mother Left Behind - What the Millenium Development Goals Mean for the Mothers of the Central African Republic

Laura Jepson | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK
Laura Jepson

This week marks 100 days since the report of the high level panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. As eminent persons and development academics once again turn their thoughts to what will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), it's worth remembering what these debates really mean for mothers and babies in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Thirsting for Knowledge: The Challenge of Educating Girls

Frontier | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Frontier

From messing around in the classroom to bunking off with friends; education is a right taken for granted by many. Yet, it is also deprived to millions of children across the globe - 57 million at primary level to be precise.

A Modest Case for Unsustainable Development

Alastair Roderick | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK
Alastair Roderick

The central question of the Post-2015 process is how to protect the successes made in poverty reduction and replicate this in the environmental sphere...

The Truth About the Health of Ethnic Minorities Is Being Hidden

Sarah K Edwards | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK
Sarah K Edwards

The truth about the health of millions of people around the world is being lost in statistics as a result of the way health data is collected. The r...

Why Early Childhood Matters - Particularly for the Poorest Countries in the World

Dame Tessa Jowell | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK Politics
Dame Tessa Jowell

Three-year old Siphol runs the risk of being blinded for life. He has glaucoma, and has already lost the sight in one eye. There is surgery available which could save the sight in his other eye and prevent him becoming completely blind, but his mother refuses to take him to the hospital.

The Post-2015 Agenda Is an Opportunity to Rethink the Terms of Trade in Dealing With the Poor

Alastair Roderick | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

Woody Allen once joked that having money was better than poverty, if only for financial reasons. Unfortunately, this often seems to be the view of th...

What Has Aid Ever Done for Growth?

Girish Menon | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK
Girish Menon

As part of this debate, WaterAid is calling for everyone, everywhere to have access to water and sanitation by 2030. We are delighted to see that there is a growing consensus that these basic essential life saving services are crucial for lifting people out of poverty.

The G8 Must Renew Its Commitment to Basic Education Worldwide

Pauline Rose | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Politics
Pauline Rose

The United Kingdom, which is now the largest bilateral donor to basic education in sub-Saharan Africa, has shown admirable leadership in meeting aid commitments and making basic education a high priority. Having assumed the presidency of the G8 this year, we encourage the UK to ensure that other G8 countries follow its lead.

The Post 2015 Development Agenda: Now for the Hard Bit

Alastair Roderick | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK
Alastair Roderick

The eagerly-anticipated report of the UN High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Agenda was released last week.

Why Wait to Design a Better World for All?

Henriette Kolb | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK
Henriette Kolb

Last week, the UN High Level Panel issued its recommendations for a framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals after they come to an end in 2015.

My Reflections on Disability and the UN Panel's Post-2015 Report

Dominic Haslam | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK
Dominic Haslam

The report includes disability in five critical ways - universality, human rights, participation, monitoring and as a cross-cutting theme.

The Post-2015 Process: Inequality Is Not the New Poverty

Alastair Roderick | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

Despite a major theme of the post-2015 consultations being the need to better integrate environmental and development targets, the largest aid groups rarely mention the significant barriers to pursuing these quite different goals simultaneously.