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

Razan Rashidi | Posted 13.04.2014 | 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 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...

To Get Young People Employed - Be Niche and Be Compassionate

Bob Clarke | Posted 28.02.2014 | 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.

Davos Man Doesn't Live In a Closed Word

Mark Malloch-Brown | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Politics
Mark Malloch-Brown

Davos has started. And the search is on again for what will be the defining new wisdom to emerge from this year's rash of seminars, lectures, parties and closed meetings in the Swiss mountain town.

Keeping Score: Can the NTD Scorecard Keep Global Action Against These Diseases on Track?

Simon Bush | Posted 18.03.2013 | UK
Simon Bush

This week sees the publication of From Promises to Progress, a new report on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), a group of 17 infectious diseases that between them affect over 1.4 billion of the poorest people in the world.

Kyrgyz Parliament Approves Bill To Strengthen Bride Kidnapping Legislation

Suad Abu-Dayyeh | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK
Suad Abu-Dayyeh

The Kyrgyz Parliament has approved a bill aimed at strengthening legislation on bride kidnapping. Equality Now welcomes this development and encourag...

Respecting Human Rights Demands Accountability for Human Rights Protectors

Noam Schimmel | Posted 26.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Noam Schimmel

In promoting human rights we ought to show those organizations advancing human rights respect and appreciation but not deference, hold them accountable to the values they strive to represent and protect and critically assess their efforts to do so, and encourage a more prominent place for discussion, dissent, and contestation within the human rights community and society at large about how human rights are advanced.

Working Together to Tackle Neglected Tropical Diseases

Simon Bush | Posted 15.01.2013 | UK
Simon Bush

The goal? To tackle a group of 17 infectious diseases that between them, affect over 1.4 billion of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world.

So, the UK Is No Longer Going to Be Giving Aid to India

Deborah Doane | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK Politics
Deborah Doane

It seems, as far as the UK government is concerned, that aid no longer forms part of a moral commitment to global equity but is merely a business opportunity.

UK Aid, Imperialism and Child Mortality

David Dominic | Posted 21.12.2012 | UK
David Dominic

We are reminded that we must pay careful attention to the UK aid system and identify aspects which may be unhelpful or harmful to the poor. Once we begin this task, we very quickly find that there are many aspects of UK aid which are potentially harmful.

Eunice

Dan Griffin | Posted 20.10.2012 | UK
Dan Griffin

So after finishing form four last November, she wanted to attend university to pursue that enthusiasm--and eventually, a career. But like so many other youth in this area, poverty stunted her growth.

London 2012: Sponsorship and the Legacy of the Games

Shaun McCarthy | Posted 30.09.2012 | UK Sport
Shaun McCarthy

Over the seven years I have been chair of the Commission I have met a wide variety of people from NGOs and also most of the corporate sponsors to talk about issues related to the sustainability of the Games and its legacy.

The Burgei Water Project

Dan Griffin | Posted 23.09.2012 | UK
Dan Griffin

On a sunny Wednesday morning Simion Arap Kigen sits outside his home in the rural village of Burgei. His house is unique for a number of reasons, not least because it has running water.