UK Poverty

For the World's Poorest Women Poverty Is Always a Sexual and Political Issue

Raquel E Sofer | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK
Raquel E Sofer

It was India's father, Gandhi who famously said that 'poverty is the worst form of violence'. What he didn't say, but what is worth pointing out on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, is that poverty is a form of violence dealt to some with more brutality than others.

Chipsafer: Upgrading Agriculture

One Young World | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK
One Young World

Maria Victoria Alonsoperez is a One Young World delegate from Uruguay. She was a delegate speaker during the Global Business Plenary Session at...

Can Mobile Technology Help Teachers to Be More Effective?

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Tech
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

I believe that if children are to enjoy their right to an education they must be taught by teachers who are properly trained and supported. There is a pressing need to consider how best to train teachers - both new teachers and up-skilling the large numbers of currently unqualified and under-qualified teachers through in-service training.

The Tories Have Declared War on Society - Now Society Must Declare War on Them

John Wight | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Politics
John Wight

With the next UK general election now a mere eight months away, the stakes could not be higher. The prospect of another five years of the Tories in power, and worse a Tory majority government, is a chilling one. The time has come to consign not only this government of the rich, and by the rich to history, but also the ideology of greed, selfishness, and avarice that underpins it.

If Labour Is to Beat UKIP, It Must Enfranchise the 'Lost Generation'

Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Politics
Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

Given the ongoing widespread apathy with the electoral system, we need more political representatives like Sonia who actually bring something to the table other than self-serving careerism. Failing that, Britain's political future looks increasingly loony.

India's Growth Cannot Be Judged on GDP Alone

Lord Bilimoria CBE | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK
Lord Bilimoria CBE

Following his landslide electoral triumph in May, Narendra Modi's first act as Prime Minister of the largest democracy on earth was to travel to the Kashi Vishwanath temple and offer prayers on the banks of the Ganges...

Where's Your Compassion, Cameron?

Ashley Hames | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Politics
Ashley Hames

Perhaps I'm being naive but I can no longer accept that things have to be the way they are now, that clobbering the poor and vulnerable is a rational answer to mending our future. We can do things another way, and in time I'm sure we will.

Changing Places or Changing People? East London Regeneration Hasn't Reduced Poverty - Just Relocated It

David Robinson | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK
David Robinson

Parts of this area, which less than a generation ago was one of the poorest regions in Western Europe, now has some of the highest land values in the world; of course, they are not occupied by the same families. Poverty hasn't been eliminated or even reduced. It has been relocated.

Is GDP Cheating West Africa?

Claudia Delpero | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK
Claudia Delpero

The spectacular GDP growth recorded by some West African countries in the past 5 years is all of a sudden undermined by the spread of the Ebola virus. The epidemic has put under the spotlight the poor conditions of health systems in the region, but also the fragility of economic models measured only by Gross Domestic Product.

Protect Children From Payday Loan Adverts

Matthew Reed | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK
Matthew Reed

Many parents believe payday loan companies are using children's 'pester power' to pressure them into taking out loans. This is putting families that are already struggling to make ends meet under even greater stress, and can plunge them into debt.

How Sport Relief Cash Is Changing Lives In Rwanda

Caroline Flack | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Caroline Flack

Rwanda, the 'Land of a Thousand Hills' has luscious green peaks that stretch out as far as your eyes can see. But this beautiful scenery masks a terrible period in the country's history. In 1994, a brutal genocide tore Rwanda apart. Thousands of families were murdered, livelihoods were destroyed and many orphans were left to take care of their brothers and sisters. I recently travelled there to see how some of the money raised by Sport Relief and matched by the UK government is already hard at work, changing the lives of people who lost almost everything 20 years ago.

Can Responsible Tourism Address Poverty In India Without Reinforcing Tired Clichés?

Justin Francis | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Francis

Our latest 2 minute travel guide is also our most ambitious. How do you coax and cajole the immense nation of India into a short paragraph? How do you summarise the hugely diverse landscapes, people, cultures, cities, towns and villages into an 8 page mini-guide?

Most Mindfulness Products Miss Those That Need Them

Nick Stanhope | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Tech
Nick Stanhope

You can't call yourself a forward thinking company these days without some reference to mindfulness in your organisational strategy. From major corporations, like Google and Apple, to small start-ups, good employers want their people to benefit from better mental health and are on the look out for the expertise, ideas and products that can help.

The Unmentionables

Josh Simons | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Josh Simons

Caste has become a taboo. Its relation to labour and in particular slavery goes virtually unquestioned; an uncomfortable conversation over chai or at a cocktail party. This does not contribute to the gradual erosion of stigma, it stifles discussion and a recognition of the basic living conditions of India's Dalits...

More Jobs Is Not Enough

Alexandra Jones | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Politics
Alexandra Jones

Britain is rightly proud of its track record of job creation, but a successful 21st Century economy requires more. Ahead of the 2015 Election, it is time for all parties to face up to the changing face of the labour market, and set out their commitments to building a more sustainable, productive and robust economy that offers opportunities for all workers, and cities, throughout the UK.

Douglas Carswell Is Right to Criticise Machine Politics, But Wrong on the Alternative

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Politics
Lutfur Rahman

Douglas Carswell's constituency contains Jaywick, last year named as the country's most deprived area. He styles himself a localist, and so could learn some lessons from us about what a locally-focussed alternative to machine politics really looks like.

Why Can't You Get a Good Job? Wrong School

Nick Stephenson | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

If you have ever wondered why you can't get a top job, it turns out that unless you went to one of a handful of the most expensive private schools in Britain, you stand very little chance of breaking in.

Daily Mail: Suffer the Little 'Underclass' Children

Hayley Meachin | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

The Daily Mail deals in stereotypes, we know that, but labelling people as 'shameless families' and the 'underclass' creates a barrier to people bettering their lot and has a detrimental effect on children.

When Systems Kill our Youth

Daniel Weeks | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK
Daniel Weeks

When one black boy like Michael Brown is shot and killed by the police, it is a tragedy. When hundreds of black youths in their teens and twenties are shot by the police each year, it is an outrage.

Obesity Crisis Is Not Just a Lifestyle Issue

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Carrying extra pounds has many health consequences which create a heavy burden on the individual as well as their families and society more broadly. So, there is indeed a great need to raise public awareness about the importance of keeping a healthy weight and how governments and care providers can support people in doing so.

Why I Keep Being an Aid Worker Despite the Dangers

Johan Eldebo | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK
Johan Eldebo

Every day the news seems to suggest the World is getting scarier and more dangerous. Iraq, Gaza, Syria, South Sudan - the list goes on. For me reading the news is never a shock. I spend my working life immersed in the horrors, the violence and the poverty that blight the globe.

The Myth of Britain's Social Recovery

Tom Johnson | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Johnson

In the first wave of 'problem families', 32% had a disability or long term illness and 82% had a problem related to education, while 15% had children with a problem of substance abuse. This suffering can not be combatted by slashing budgets, but investing time, care and resources into tackling the root causes of these problems, as well as their aftermath.

Foodbanks Bad, Welfare State Good?

Dave Clements | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Politics
Dave Clements

It is demeaning, they argue, to stand in line for a food parcel. But is it really any less demeaning to stand in a not dissimilar line at the door of a job centre or welfare office. Don't both turn people into state dependents?

Reporting Back From Visiting Malian Refugees in Burkina Faso with UNHCR

Rokia Traoré | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK
Rokia Traoré

Last month, I visited Goudoubo camp in Burkina Faso with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Here I met Malian refugees who fled their country after conflict broke out in the North in early 2012. There are over 34,000 Malian refugees in Burkina Faso - most of whom are from northern Mali.

Glasgow 2014: A Summer Escape for Disadvantaged Youngsters

Jane Ashworth | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Sport
Jane Ashworth

Over two million British children live in families who can't afford a trip to the seaside... we like to run day trips and camps to classy events and venues that disadvantaged teenagers are otherwise very unlikely to get near. The latest of these is the residential camp we've set up in Glasgow across the Commonwealth Games.