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...

Five Ways to Fight for the Climate This Summer

Rachel Lees | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel Lees

While we break for summer and while decisions makers don their decision-making hats, we need to do what we can, when we can, to make change wherever we can. It's time to show our leaders exactly why the world desperately needs a global solution big enough to solve the big climate problem. And that's where you come in.

World Leaders Hold Syrians' Lives in the Balance

Justin Forsyth | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK
Justin Forsyth

World leaders are gathering in Kuwait today to decide the fate of millions of people in Syria and the neighbouring countries. The Kuwait pledging conference, the third of its kind, will bring together the UN and donor governments to pledge money to help civilians caught up in the spiralling violence. They will need to be generous - as the war enters its fifth year, Syrians and their neighbours are increasingly unable to cope with this unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.

The Unhappy Ending

Esrat Karim Eve | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Esrat Karim Eve

I believe that special schools should be established as well as employment opportunities can be enhanced to make their life comparatively easier. We should never forget that they are as precious as we are in this beautiful world and they deserve more care and opportunities from us.

Fighting Meningitis Globally

Chris Head | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK
Chris Head

Meningitis is poorly understood in Malawi - many people seek the wrong sort of treatment or seek it too late, and there can often be delays reaching appropriate healthcare.

South Sudan's Invisible Children

Saul Guerrero | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK
Saul Guerrero

From UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon to Hollywood A-lister Keira Knightley - the world has begun talking about the impending food crisis in South Sudan. And with good reason. We can now deliver a humanitarian response that was unavailable in the famines of the 1980s and 1990s.

Getting an Education in the Peruvian Jungle: The Chaskawasi Project

Katarina Zimmer | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Katarina Zimmer

For one day in the year the whole village queues for hours in hope of doctors' advice for a variety of ailments. At the last visit, four of the children were unable to see a doctor regarding eye problems that hindered them in reading because the system works on a 'first come, first served' basis.

Crowdfunding Proving Popular in the Middle East

Luke McManus | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Tech
Luke McManus

Crowdfunding has been met with skepticism from banks and local government. "They see it as a threat," claims Absi, "they fear it because it could be a way of laundering money or funding terrorism; it's not a comfortable zone for them."

The Village With No Girls

Firoz Patel | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK
Firoz Patel

Every day, children in Nepal are at risk of being trafficked; a problem that is getting worse. Trafficked children face daily abuse and exploitation - harm that no child should ever have to face. It is our duty to ensure that children are aware of the dangers of trafficking and to protect them from being subjected to such abuse and exploitation.

Protecting Children in a Digital World

Nigel Chapman | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK
Nigel Chapman

The internet and information technology can widen access to learning, enhance the quality of education and empower men and women, girls and boys, with new skills and opportunities. But this does not happen by itself - it requires leadership, planning and action.

Labour Must Repeal the Gagging Law

Liz Hutchins | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Politics
Liz Hutchins

Politics is far too important to leave it to politicians. And giant media corporations. And corporate lobbyists like Linton Crosby, not regulated by this Bill. That's the view of all the people who give their money, time and trust to some of our best-loved organisations from Oxfam and Amnesty International to the Federation of Women's Institutes and the Royal British Legion.

Syria Conflict: The Consequences of Inadequate Funding

Howard Mollett | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Politics
Howard Mollett

Crises at the scale of what has unfolded in Syria and neighbouring countries inevitably upset all norms and test the capacity of all organisations to respond, national or international. There can be no humanitarian solutions for what is fundamentally a political crisis. Yet as we head towards the third anniversary of the uprising in Syria, the international community does need to be asking itself: are we doing enough to assist those affected, and how can we do this better?

Let's Talk About Content

Carlos Miranda | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK
Carlos Miranda

While there is no secret formula to creating engaging social media content, the best examples of content have two things in common: the content is original and it has been distributed in the right way to the right people.

The Outlook for Disabled Children in Romania

James Thornberry | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James Thornberry

Just over twenty years ago the world was horrified by the images that emerged from Romania of emaciated disabled children and orphans living in horri...

A Story From Vietnam That Will Inspire You to Never Give Up

Matt Crook | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Crook

Mai never received formal education. Now she's a qualified graphic designer with a job. But that's only half the story.

Access for All

Claire Blackburn | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK
Claire Blackburn

The treatment of malnutrition has revolutionised over the last few years, with the development of Ready to-Use Therapeutic Foods meaning more children than ever can receive life-saving treatment at home, in the comfort of their own community. However, as I recently discovered when I visited West Pokot in Kenya, there are still a high number of malnourished children who are not yet accessing treatment.

Funding for Nutrition Should Be a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Claire Blackburn | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK
Claire Blackburn

A new report from Action Against Hunger shows that investments in proven nutrition interventions are falling far short of what is needed to address global hunger and raises serious concerns about the reactive and short-term nature of funding for nutrition programmes.

The Importance of the F Word

Philip Lymbery | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK
Philip Lymbery

It's a simple word, but these four letters quite literally mean the world to us. Everywhere you look, food (or the absence of it) is a defining feature of society. Food fuels us, sells products, titillates and amuses, provides social cohesion, stimulates endless foodie conversations and raises the 'celebrity chef' to an almost god-like status. A lack of food fuels hunger, poverty and even war.

Learning to Improve for the Future

Claire Blackburn | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK
Claire Blackburn

Learning and accountability is firmly on the NGO agenda nowadays and for Action Against Hunger, it is something we take very seriously. We dedicate a lot of energy into evaluating our programmes, learning from them and, fundamentally, holding ourselves to account for them.

Aid Traffickers: The Failure of Aid Delivery in Syria

Tam Hussein | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

Faddy Sahloul, the founder of Hand in Hand for Syria, rubs his tired eyes and pulls heavily on his cigarette. From his small flat in Rayhaniya, on the Turkish-Syrian border, Sahloul is struggling with the logistics of delivering aid inside Syria.

Enough Food for Everyone IF

Rose Caldwell | Posted 01.04.2013 | UK
Rose Caldwell

The "Enough Food for Everyone... IF" campaign focuses on four "ifs" that could free millions from the cycle of hunger and food insecurity if we can make them a reality.

Post 2015: Ivan Lewis' Thought-provoking Input on the Future of International Development

Dominic Haslam | Posted 01.04.2013 | UK Politics
Dominic Haslam

A colleague of mine working on the post-Millennium Development Goal (MDG) framework said only last week "we get the chance for deep thought in the development sector once every 20 years, let's not waste it". Judging by the speech to UK civil society organisations, Ivan Lewis MP, shadow secretary of state for international development, is seizing the moment.

Mobile Technology Starts to Ring the Changes in the Developing World

Justin Forsyth | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK Tech
Justin Forsyth

The world is at a tipping point in our battle to reduce child mortality and lift millions more children out of poverty. Never before have we witnessed such rapid progress in reducing child mortality. In 1990, 12 million children died before the age of 5; last year it was 6.9 million.

We Need Volunteers, but Not Knee Jerk Reaction

Mark Topley | Posted 03.02.2013 | UK
Mark Topley

Today we celebrate volunteers and volunteering across the world. But for us this is not just a celebration of volunteers as a token, 'useful' contribution to enable the paid staff to carry on with their work; but as true partners, fellow family members working together to bring lasting change to people who are in pain.

An Inside View on London's Post-2015 High Level Panel Meeting

Dominic Haslam | Posted 07.01.2013 | UK Politics
Dominic Haslam

It was clear from the 250 people who attended the panel's outreach meeting on Friday afternoon that we are indeed a diverse bunch. And rightly so - we are meant to be 'civil society', and if our claims to represent the more than one billion who live in poverty are to be taken seriously, we need to represent that range of complex inter-related needs.