Plan International

We Must Listen to Girls Who Speak Up Against Discrimination and Sexual Violence

Nigel Chapman | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK
Nigel Chapman

New research from Plan shows the shocking truth about adolescent girls in developing countries. In one of the largest studies ever undertaken of its kind, we talked to 7000 adolescent girls and boys in 11 countries about girls' opportunities. The findings are overwhelming. These girls are some of the most disadvantaged people on earth.

World Humanitarian Day! Remembering the Brave

Unni Krishnan | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK
Unni Krishnan

In a world where close to a billion people go to hungry, is there a choice not to be humanitarian?

Ebola: The Best Way to Predict Ebola Outbreak's Future Is to Invent It

Unni Krishnan | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK
Unni Krishnan

The current Ebola outbreak, the most severe and complex in history, is now making its impact felt worldwide.The deadly disease has killed over 960 peo...

Raped During Conflict, Now Selling Sex to Survive, Liberia's Daughters of War Have a Message: Listen to Our Stories Angelina, and Bring Us Change

Jane Labous | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics
Jane Labous

Silver, 30, was gang-raped in the war by four men who tied her up and left her pregnant. Now she is a sex worker to survive. Photo: ©PlanInternatio...

Clowning Around - the Humanitarian Way

Angela Singh | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK
Angela Singh

"I'm not ashamed to call it humanitarian clowning. It involves knowing how to make children laugh, even those who have been through a very traumatic experience. It's about making mistakes. It's about exciting spectacles," says Samantha.

South Sudan: Give Peace (and Children) a Chance!

Unni Krishnan | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK
Unni Krishnan

In a group of 100 children, singing, playing and some crying, two girls stand out. Their names are Madiha, 9, and Lina, 4. It is not their unusual silence that catches my attention, but the way they frequently hug each other, often involuntarily...

One Ethiopian Boy's Delight and Dreams: How We Helped Hennock Tell His Story

Charlotte Strong | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK
Charlotte Strong

Together with our Ethiopian colleagues, who work closely with communities where Plan operates, we approached a kindergarten to meet kids who are benefiting from an early learning project. What better way to find an inspiring story about play!

140 Million Girls and Women with Mutilated Genitals

Davinder Kumar | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Davinder Kumar

FGM needs to be put on political centre stage. It needs the hashtags, the likes, the virals to bring the silent suffering of millions out in public discourse. Until such time 140 million girls and women will continue to be told that their genitals have been cut and mutilated to make them "clean" and "beautiful".

We Must End FGM Now and Give Girls a Future

Nigel Chapman | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Nigel Chapman

The prevalence of FGM varies between regions of Guinea-Bissau, depending on the distribution of different ethnic groups who consider the practice part of their ethnic identity, traditional and religious beliefs. And this is the crux of the issue. FGM is so bound up with the culture of many groups that it becomes hard, and controversial, to tackle it without seeming to undermine the very foundations of that historic culture.

Street Collections to Slacktivism, a Conversation With Ben Carter of Response One

Hannah Gal | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK
Hannah Gal

Times of austerity and highly savvy consumers mean challenging times for charities. In order to keep existing supporters and attract new ones, charities need a sound understanding of customers' buying behaviour, attitudes and habits. This is where Response One comes in.

Make Cities Safer for Girls

Angela Singh | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Singh

One year ago, a young woman was repeatedly gang-raped on a moving bus in Delhi, India. The student, who had hopes of becoming a doctor, died two weeks later.

Typhoon Haiyan: Digging in for the Long Haul

Nigel Chapman | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Nigel Chapman

Driving out of Tacloban Airport is easier than in the early days of Typhoon Haiyan's aftermath, but the scenes on either side of the road still assault the senses. The occasional lorry loads up corpses still being discovered in shattered houses. Everywhere, there is debris...

In a Disaster Situation, Time and Space Go Out the Window

Carin Van Der Hor | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK
Carin Van Der Hor

Working under this kind of pressure also requires that we overcome hurdles together and that we celebrate successes, big or small. It's amazing to see the group spontaneously applaud their colleague for getting a record number of concept notes in, for getting those airplanes to deliver the food to the far flung areas or for winning a big grant from an institutional donor...

The Blue Brigades: Four Days Journey Into the Heart of Haiyan

Carin Van Der Hor | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK
Carin Van Der Hor

When Typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines, almost all of Plan International's areas were hit. We were well prepared. We had worked with communities to stockpile hygiene kits, emergency shelter materials and clean water kits. Yet, the magnitude of the super typhoon and the devastating effect of the storm surges were much bigger than anyone could have imagined.

Typhoon Haiyan: The Hardest Ride of My Life

Michael Angelo Suarez | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Michael Angelo Suarez

On the way to Salcedo we passed through several towns - all affected to varying degrees by the power of the typhoon. The worst was Hernani - most houses had been washed out to sea or destroyed. The ashphalt had risen up together like mountain ranges combining - the force required to do that is incredible.

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.

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.

Children and Youth in West Africa Mobilise Against Violence

Davinder Kumar | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK
Davinder Kumar

From the arid landscape of Mali to the tropical rainforests of Cameroon, they have travelled thousands of miles and traversed 13 countries in West and Central Africa between them to find out what governments and world institutions are doing to protect children and young people from violence....

Cinema on Wheels Lights Up Deep, Dark Senegal

Davinder Kumar | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK
Davinder Kumar

The films give clear messages through simple stories. They range from highlighting the harms of children pulled out of school and forced into labour, to explaining how many diseases can be prevented by simply washing hands.

India School Meal Tragedy - Unforgivable, But Avoidable

Unni Krishnan | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK
Unni Krishnan

School meal programmes, no doubt, are a lifeline and shock absorber for millions in such situations. This is why the case of children dying in India's eastern state of Bihar as a result of contaminated meals, is such a tragedy.

End Hunger in Africa

Davinder Kumar | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Politics
Davinder Kumar

The mood in Addis Ababa is a mix of anticipation and sheer optimism. Today, African and international leaders are meeting in a historic summit at the African Union headquarters in the Ethiopian capital with the sole mandate to meet their biggest challenge - to end hunger in Africa by 2025.

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.

Aren't We Forgetting Someone?

Nigel Chapman | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK
Nigel Chapman

We tend to forget that birth registration is a critical life event and that a birth certificate can make or break a child's future. Later in life, a birth certificate can help protect a child against forced marriage, child labour, premature enlistment in the armed forces or, if accused of a crime, prosecution as an adult.

How Changing Cultural Attitudes Will Give Senegal's Street Children a Voice

Jane Labous | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK
Jane Labous

Ngagne is one of thousands of children living in daaras in Senegal and across the mainly Muslim countries of West Africa, sent to the capitals from Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Mali. Known as talibés - Arabic for 'pupil' - they're posted far away from home by parents who choose to give someone else the responsibility, and cost, of raising their child.