Girls Have Mountain To Climb To Achieve Same Opportunities As Boys

Helle Thorning-Schmidt | Posted 11.10.2017 | UK
Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Supporting this future generation of leaders, and ensuring that their voices are heard - in communities, in national capitals, and on the world stage - will be critical to the goal of ending child marriage, and transforming the lives of millions of children.

Peacekeeping Reform: Why Better Peacekeeping Depends Upon More Women

Baroness Anelay | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK
Baroness Anelay

Last week, the UK held a Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial meeting in London. Defence Ministers and senior figures from over 70 governments and interna...

A Second Inconvenient Truth

Will Bordell | Posted 10.12.2016 | UK
Will Bordell

Governments cannot pretend that they never knew this was coming, or that it wasn't worth doing anything about. Now, we have an opportunity; soon, we will have a burden. The difference between those two terms--politically, economically and morally--is worth a great deal.

Niger Or Nigeria? World Cup Opening Ceremony Features Wrong Flag

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Sport

It wasn't quite as obvious as an Olympic ring failing to light up, as was the case in Sochi, but the World Cup opening ceremony's obligatory gaffe was...

87 Niger Migrants Die Of Thirst, Bodies Eaten By Jackals

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK

The bodies of 87 people, severely decomposed and partly eaten by jackals, have been found by rescue workers in the Sahara, after their vehicles broke ...

The WMDs That Hardly Get Talked About

Jehangir Malik | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK
Jehangir Malik

Syria's brutal conflict has killed over 100,000 people, driven seven million from their homes and created the worst refugee crisis for a generation. I intend to welcome the Prime Minister's recent vow to lead the world in aid for the Syrian people, and to ask the Secretary of State to ensure that no stone is left unturned in diplomatic efforts to improve humanitarian access and bring about peace talks.

Children With Disabilities Facing Widespread Abuse in West Africa

Davinder Kumar | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK
Davinder Kumar

It is imperative that post-Millennium Development Goals, currently being negotiated, do not overlook the plight of the disabled people and children. It is time for concrete action to ensure that particularly children with disabilities have access to education, protection from violence and abuse; and opportunity to have their voices heard. This is not just a development agenda it is also a human rights issue.

Tents Further Than the Eye Can See

Nigel Chapman | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK
Nigel Chapman

Some 280 kilometres North West from Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou lies Goudebo camp in the Sahel region, home to over 10,000 refugees who fled the conflict over the border in Mali last year.

Amanda, Gina and Michelle Are Out of the Attic But 140Million More Girls Need Setting Free

Jane Labous | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK
Jane Labous

Every two seconds, somewhere in the world, a girl becomes a child bride. Every two seconds, girls just like Amanda, Gina and Michelle are effectively being abducted, but their stories don't ever make the news.

Timbuktu and Bamiyan: A Tale of Two Cities

Llewelyn Morgan | Posted 10.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Llewelyn Morgan

I swore blind to myself a couple of weeks ago that I'd never publish another word on Bamiyan. I fear deeply for the future of that beautiful valley and its long-suffering people, but I felt I'd reached a point of just repeating myself. One thing Bamiyan should never be is boring.

The Fight to End Child Marriage Begins as the World Celebrates the First 'International Day of the Girl Child'

David Bull | Posted 10.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
David Bull

On a recent trip to Liberia in West Africa I was shocked to learn that more than 30% of girls aged 15-19 are either married or pregnant, half of these married before their 15th birthday.

Kicked Out of School At 14, Aissa Searches for Job Opportunities

Terry Ally | Posted 03.11.2012 | UK
Terry Ally

Her family is badly affected by the Sahel Food Crisis and her father has gone to Lagos, Nigeria, in search of work after successive years of crop failures. Aissa knows all about poverty and her chances of lifting herself from it were dashed last year when she was forced to leave school.

Record Rainfall Triggers Floods Across Niger

Terry Ally | Posted 20.10.2012 | UK
Terry Ally

Severe flooding has reached the capital Niamey over the holy Islamic Ramadan holiday weekend of Eid-ul-Fitr displacing thousands of people and destroying numerous homes. Just over 161mmrain fell overnight Saturday 19 August 2012.

With Female Athletes In Every Team, Why Is the Olympics So Meaningful for Africa's Girl?

Jane Labous | Posted 29.09.2012 | UK Sport
Jane Labous

On Friday night, as the London Olympic Stadium glittered and the crowd cheered and the MC boomed the names of the world's countries one by one, a teenage athlete from Niger seemed to encapsulate how these great games represent something far more important than winning or losing.

Sitan's Race Against Hunger

Justin Forsyth | Posted 22.09.2012 | UK Politics
Justin Forsyth

Eight-year-old Sitan was lying on a rattan mat outside her family's house shading herself from the baking midday sun. Years of malnutrition had left this eight-year-old looking more like a little girl of four. Worse, she could barely move and was virtually silent. She, like many millions of children across the developing world, has a condition called stunting. In layman's terms this means she didn't get enough nutritious food as young child and is now physically and possibly mentally less developed than she should be.

What's Your Tipping Point?

Liz Scarff | Posted 31.07.2012 | UK
Liz Scarff

I want to tell you the stories of the two strong women we met recently in Niger. But I'm finding it very difficult.

Burkina Faso: The Forgotten Crisis - Over 18 Million People Are Affected by a Hunger and a Food Crisis, and It's Not in the News...

Jane Labous | Posted 21.07.2012 | UK
Jane Labous

I've long thought that the editors of our international media (and the British media is a particular culprit) needs to start noticing Africa. Not just the coups and the food crises and the droughts, but also the positive stories, the African success stories that are putting, for example, Ghana amid the fast growing nations in the world.

Soccer Aid: Together as a Team We Can Save Children’s Lives

David Bull | Posted 17.07.2012 | UK Sport
David Bull

Even for the non football fans amongst us, it would have been hard to not get caught up in the drama that unfolded on our screens over the weekend as Manchester City clinched the Premiership title from their neighbours by the narrowest of margins. So dramatic were those last few moments, the sense of elation and despair of the fans and players was almost palpable. In its finest hour, football really can make you feel like you are part of something big.

Alarm Bells Are Ringing as the Global Economic Crisis Forces 22 Million More Children Into Hunger

Louise Hill | Posted 16.07.2012 | UK
Louise Hill

Each day millions of children wake up with an empty belly and a head aching with hunger. Many will eat just one unappetising meal whilst some will have nothing at all.

No Easy Bedtime Reading for G8 Leaders

Rheal Drisdelle | Posted 15.07.2012 | UK Politics
Rheal Drisdelle

This is the Great Silent Tsunami that keeps happening year after year with some years, like this one, worse than others. But who's listening? Did you know that a severely malnourished child does not cry but instead dies in silence?

You May Bemoan the Hosepipe Ban, But Niger is Literally Dying From Full-On Drought

Alastair Stewart | Posted 15.06.2012 | UK Politics
Alastair Stewart

You may or may not bemoan the hosepipe ban, but, as you inevitably sip a glass of water with lunch or luxuriate in a bath or take a shower tomorrow, spare a thought for those for whom a fraction of that water could be the difference between life and death; and then do what you can to help.

The Story of Niger, or How Not to Have an Oil Boom while your People Starve

Johnny West | Posted 29.05.2012 | UK
Johnny West

There can't be many countries who face famine as their GDP rises by 14%. Yet that is the situation in the West African state of Niger, where appeals launched this week to help some 400,000 people now at risk from severe malnutrition. At the same time as an oil boom kicks in and IMF analysis predicts a rise in government income of 30% in 2012.

UK Government Money for West African Hunger Crisis is Welcome - But We All Need to Do More

Justin Forsyth | Posted 14.05.2012 | UK Politics
Justin Forsyth

The UK government has just announced an extra £5m for the food crisis in West Africa. The money will help a provide food, water and medical supplies for 115,000 people in the crisis-hit region.

Things Go From Bad to Worse for Niger

Rheal Drisdelle | Posted 04.05.2012 | UK
Rheal Drisdelle

When I wrote back in January that we need to talk about the risk of famine in Niger, I had no idea then that an already very complex situation was about to see yet another twist in the tale develop.

FIFA Closes Eyes to Poverty

Kevin Mbewa Anyango | Posted 24.03.2012 | UK
Kevin Mbewa Anyango

This week, my colleagues and I participated on a sweepstake where we each contributed money and picked a team that is participating at Africa Cup Of nations. The winner will donate collected money to one of our child development projects either in Asia or Africa.