Sustainable Development

Why have countries committed to development targets they might never reach?

Aaron Benavot | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

It seems a strange decision for any country, let alone all, to sign up to a global commitment they know they will never reach. End Hunger? Eradicate p...

Sustainable Development Goals Go

Christian Friis Bach | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK
Christian Friis Bach

In these days, while UN member States meet in New York to assess progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals a new game, Pokemon Go, has been r...

Sustainable Energy's New Frontier: The Ocean

Frontier | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK
Frontier

Energy often goes hand in hand with power, in both senses of the word. Energy, like power, has many negative connotations which mostly stem from its a...

Surfing the Waves of Change

Sakthy Selvakumaran | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK
Sakthy Selvakumaran

Have you ever spoken to a surfer about why they surf? They will tell you that once you get into it there is no turning back. As someone who has never donned a wetsuit or waxed a board, I never really appreciated the significance of a surfer's relationship with the ocean and how this can influence their broader view of the world. Then I met the team at EcoSwell in Peru.

What's Really Happening to Our Planet?

Tony Juniper | Posted 29.05.2016 | UK
Tony Juniper

While we know more and more about our world, we are also more confused than ever. We are confused as to whether or not we have major problems on our hands, and if we do how serious they are, never mind what to do about them.

Will We Give Half the World a Voice?

Philip Goodwin | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK
Philip Goodwin

Unless we want to find ourselves in 2030 having failed to fulfil our commitments, writing another set of Global Goals, mourning the loss of a great opportunity for change, we must take the role of youth seriously. Young people have a passion for change that gives them the drive to shape the world they live in. In the mission to end poverty and deliver on the Global Goals, what better allies to have?

Aid to Education Has Again Gone Down

Aaron Benavot | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Aaron Benavot

Governments around the world have just signed up to an enormously ambitious and promising vision for education and lifelong learning over the next fifteen years, an agenda they know is crucial if even greater ambitions for sustainable development are to be realized by 2030.

Supporting the Development of Research Leaders in Africa

Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Tech
Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho

By supporting this programme, companies are helping to build the hard and soft infrastructure they need to operate on the continent. This programme will also help counter the brain drain that is stripping our countries of their best and brightest.

Can Mobile Learning Bridge the Digital Divide and Learning Gap?

Aaron Benavot | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Tech
Aaron Benavot

ICT for learning may be a trendy and popular topic as a blog on this site last week discussed, but the fact remains that children from poorer households are less likely to have access to ICT both in and out-of-school. As a result, they take longer to adapt to using the technology or hone their ICT skills.

Gender Bias Is Rife in Textbooks

Aaron Benavot | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Aaron Benavot

Congo Textbook 2006: Education Civique et Morale. Education pour la paix Today, on International Women's day, we are investigating the persistence of...

If We Continue to Travel the Way We Are, Our Children Will Not Have the Same Opportunity...

Brad Frankel | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Brad Frankel

We'd reduce our carbon footprint, we wouldn't damage these local communities and fragile environments BUT we wouldn't learn...we wouldn't be able to help...we wouldn't be able to contribute to their economy...and we wouldn't be able to make a difference!

Language in School: If You Don't Understand, How Can You Learn

Aaron Benavot | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

How a country chooses the language for its education system is not an easy process. The decision is usually influenced by multiple factors: colonial h...

Can Africa Afford Free Education?

Aaron Benavot | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK
Aaron Benavot

A lot of the blame for this unfinished business falls on the persisting inequalities in education, not the least of which is related to poverty. The 2015 GMR underlined this fact, showing that in low and middle income countries, the poorest children are 4 times less likely to go to school than the richest, and are 5 times less likely to complete primary education.

Security, Development and the Root Causes of Conflict

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

On November 17th, the British Presidency of the Security Council organized an open debate on the maintenance of international peace, with focus on sec...

Fixing Fashion: A Framework to Make Sustainable Fashion the Industry Standard

Jess Berentson-Shaw | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Style
Jess Berentson-Shaw

Often I am part of discussions on the best way to 'fix fashion'. How do we move such a massive industry from the unethical, environment destroying beast that it is, to one in which sustainable fashion is just the industry standard? You know the drill - clean and clever and kind business.

The Words Behind the Goal: What Does Sustainable Development Goal 4 Mean in Practice?

Alison Hubert | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK
Alison Hubert

It's 15 years since the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were agreed which sought to 'spare no effort' in eradicating global poverty and inequality. Over this last weekend, leaders once again come together to assess the progress made by the MDGs and to redefine their focus for the next 15 years of the fight against poverty.

Not Just a Piece of Paper

Justin Forsyth | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK
Justin Forsyth

Last week in New York over 160 leaders from around the world signed an agreement that will shape all of our destinies and radically change the way we tackle poverty, inequality and climate change. In more than 25 years working in international development, this is perhaps the most pivotal moment I have had the privilege to be part of. A decade and a half after we ushered in a new era with the Millennium Development Goals, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will come into force.

This Week Changes Everything

Adam Stones | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK
Adam Stones

This week sees one of the most important events in Earth's recent history, so please pay attention... On Friday, world leaders will gather at the UN to ratify the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, and set a path for 2030 to eradicate poverty, tackle inequality and fix climate change. Yep, it's pretty significant.

How Young People Are Saving the World

Philip Goodwin | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK
Philip Goodwin

Last Saturday I had the privilege of attending the first ever Youth Summit in London, organised by the UK government's Department for International De...

Young People in Drive for Social Equality Following Youth Summit

Harry Shepherd | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Shepherd

Jeremy Corbyn's election as leader of the Labour party, solidarity marches for refugees and a pioneering Youth Summit on 12th September demonstrated the passion young people have for social equality in the UK and around the world...

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

Dr Caroline Harper | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK
Dr Caroline Harper

Organisations like Sightsavers have been campaigning hard over the past few years to ensure that this set of goals specifically includes people with disabilities. I'm really pleased that the UK government has played a leading role in the combined effort by championing the 'leave no one behind' agenda.

Achieving Sustainable Development That Leaves No One Behind

Dr Nawal Al-Hosany | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK
Dr Nawal Al-Hosany

As the UAE Government joins global policymakers at the UNGA and COP21, the Zayed Future Energy Prize will continue to identify and reward the businesses, organisations, schools and individuals that may define the success of global commitments on the future of sustainability.

Gavelling the Goals: Job done ... now the work begins

Helen Morton | Posted 02.08.2016 | UK
Helen Morton

The road from Rio, in June 2012, has been difficult to navigate. But it has also been creative, and, ultimately, constructive. We now have a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will shape how we view, and do, development for the coming decade and beyond. So, what are the wins?

Warm Words Won't Beat Climate Change - But a New Global Finance Deal Still Could

David Nussbaum | Posted 24.07.2016 | UK
David Nussbaum

Visiting Kenya last weekend, Barack Obama stirred hearts and minds with his words on the country's potential to become a development success story. Gracing a summit on African entrepreneurship, the President rightly celebrates the efforts of the inspirational men and women working to bring prosperity to the country and the wider continent.

Time for the UK to Keep Its Promises on Global Tax Reform

Charlie Matthews | Posted 10.07.2016 | UK
Charlie Matthews

If Justine Greening was to change the UK's position on a global tax body, it would not only increase the chances of a successful agreement at Addis, but also generate a huge amount of goodwill which she could use to ensure greater progress on the UK's other priorities, such as gender equality.