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Nepal Earthquake: One Child Trafficked is One Too Many

Tracy Shields | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK
Tracy Shields

When I arrived in Nepal 3 months after the earthquake I wasn't sure what to expect. At first glance Kathmandu appears unaffected, but as you walk ...

The UN, Global Poverty and 'The Vision Thing'

Hans Zomer | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK
Hans Zomer

This week, the United Nations gave us a sneak preview of a new global agreement to address poverty, inequality and climate change. The so-called "Zero Draft" document is the result of many months of discussions, but there still is a long way to go.

Unleashing Girls' Power: An Interview With Kennedy Odede

Rose Taylor | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rose Taylor

At the end of the invigorating and stimulating three day Skoll World Forum I met with Kennedy Odede, founder of Shining Hope for Communities, (SHOFCO) and Kibera School for Girls. Our meeting was inspiring and poignant and echoed many themes I had heard throughout the conference regarding the importance of girl's education. It seems fitting that I tie my interview with Kennedy to these issues in this article.

Values in Action: Kate's Legacy and Our Role in the Ebola Crisis

Nick Thompson | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK
Nick Thompson

Kate Gross, my friend and our founding CEO in AGI, died on Christmas day after a two year battle with cancer. Our last conversation was some weeks before, sitting in the November sun in Cambridge. She knew the chemo was coming to an end and we both knew what came next. But that wasn't what we talked about.

Human Rights Day - A Reminder of Why We Need an Integrated Approach

Albina Du Boisrouvray | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK
Albina Du Boisrouvray

Today marks the United Nation's 64th Human Rights Day. When proclaimed in 1950, the UN General Assembly's aim was to highlight 'to the peoples of the world' that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was the common standard of achievement for all peoples and nations.

Overcoming Our Differences to Tackle Poor Animal Welfare in Zoos

Georgina Allen | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK
Georgina Allen

There is enough political, cultural and organisational inertia already in the world acting as a barrier to improved animal welfare, and by working collaboratively on more mutually agreed projects, we can start to overcome these problems and really make a difference.

Of Russia, Figs and Boarding Passes

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

In places like the Vladikavkaz market, informal communities who have no idea what NGOs are may prove themselves much stronger and more dynamic in the defence of their interests than the marginalised NGOs themselves, which Russia attacks in a Cervantian manner reminiscent of tilting at windmills.

Debunking the Myths Surrounding the EU-US Trade Deal

Syed Kamall | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK Politics
Syed Kamall

Expressing and debating differences of opinion is a welcome part of any healthy democracy. However, it can be hugely frustrating when opponents of a piece of legislation or negotiated agreement manufacture myths in an attempt to stifle debate.

Broken Chair and Nuclear Bans

Michael Møller | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Møller

One cannot pass by the broken chair with indifference, particularly in light of the newly designated 'International Day for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons'. This symbol now reminds us that we can be in the driver's seat when we really want to.

UK Aid, Skill Holes and the 0.7%

Jane Quinn | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Politics
Jane Quinn

The political commitment is there and the achievements are clear. But in a time of austerity, where poorer people are suffering increased deprivation in the UK, why should we be giving so much money to overseas aid and then enshrining that giving in law?

Focusing on Hard-to-Reach Children for Polio Vaccination Campaign in Syria

Razan Rashidi | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK
Razan Rashidi

More than six months after confirmation of the first polio case in Syria, Unicef continues to support efforts to tackle the outbreak in all parts of the country. The April nationwide polio round which started this week aims to reach 2.8million children across Syria with a special focus on hard-to-reach children in conflict zones and besieged areas...

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...

To Get Young People Employed - Be Niche and Be Compassionate

Bob Clarke | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bob Clarke

When youth unemployment is still rampant and both the government and the civil society are looking for solutions, I wanted to share my experience. Here are the five steps that I found to be critical in trying to curb youth unemployment:

Scarlett Johansson Oxfam Saga Highlights Problem With NGOs and Charities

Joseph Blake | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK
Joseph Blake

If you asked the general public whether they believed in charity the overwhelming response would be yes. Of course charities do good work; no one can deny that charities help tens of thousands of vulnerable people in all manner of difficult situations. However, most of the mainstream charities and NGOs have become corporatised, choosing relationships with corporates and government instead of grassroots social change movements.

Under Siege in Damascus: An Activist Speaks Out

Luke McManus | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Politics
Luke McManus

Zara Hakim is a Syrian currently living under siege in a southern suburb of Damascus. One of the many activists still inside Syria, she and her team have, for the past two weeks, been working to raise international attention for their 'Break the Siege' campaign...

Forty-Eight Hours' Emergency Aid in the Philippines

Carin Van Der Hor | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Carin Van Der Hor

The devastation is total, although fortunately there are some villages where the material damage is enormous but the death toll is not too high. We now have an army of technical specialists from our international office here in Manila, in many cases also acting as technical experts and guides for experts and assessment teams sent to the Philippines by other donors, because Plan International has been working in the affected region for decades.

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.

Development From the Ground

Michael Rosenkrantz | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK
Michael Rosenkrantz

Becoming part of the mainstream to me means an increase in access to and use of technology. However, I've witnessed a huge digital, information and life opportunities divide not only in Kathmandu, but even more markedly between urban and rural areas.

Food Poverty: We Must Get Beyond Inadequate Plasters on This Gaping Wound

Natalie Bennett | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Last night many senior representatives of NGOs and parliamentarians gathered in the House to debate food poverty, under the umbrella of Just Fair. Useful and important things were said. But the really powerful word came from several speakers, all women, who spoke about the reality of living in food poverty.

Disability and the Post 2015 Framework: A Politics of Hope

Dominic Haslam | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Politics
Dominic Haslam

As many readers of this blog will know, the UN Secretary General's High Level Panel (HLP) of Eminent Persons on what comes after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015 is due to report at the end of May.

Surely People Don't Die From a Toothache?

Mark Topley | Posted 19.05.2013 | UK
Mark Topley

It is 2013 and people are still dying from untreated dental decay. Two of our teams have just returned from the regions of Musoma and Bukoba in Tanzania, where for 10 days they have been training local health workers in emergency dentistry.

What Makes a Video Go Viral? The Success of Mama Hope

David Girling | Posted 09.05.2013 | UK Tech
David Girling

Mama Hope only have a small fan base on social media, Twitter (1,556 followers) and Facebook (3,969 likes). It will be hard to seed this film via their social media channels alone. So what made the last video so successful?

Celebrity Advocacy, Social Media and Development

David Girling | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
David Girling

So, in a world bombarded with social media messages I've started to wonder - does celebrity endorsement for International Development have the same power any more? How much does it cost to produce these videos? I don't know the answer.

Quality Not Quantity: Why Friday's 0.7% Aid Bill Should Allow Us to Focus on What Really Matters

Dominic Haslam | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Politics
Dominic Haslam

This week we have the opportunity to focus aid discussions on what really matters: quality not quantity.

Cameron's Growth Approach Will Fail World's Poorest

Mark Dearn | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK Politics
Mark Dearn

Growth is only a means and not an end to eradicating poverty. It will only lessen inequality if part of a wholly reoriented system - one with a place for a word unfamiliar to the Cameron vocabulary and conspicuous by its absence from the official communiqué: redistribution.