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Time to Act on LGBT Rights in Africa

Kevin Watkins | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK
Kevin Watkins

In a taped recording he left to be played in the event of his assassination, Harvey Milk, America's first openly gay elected official, left a message for our times. "All young people," he said, "regardless of their sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment to achieve their full potential." Nowhere is the world further from that goal than in Africa.

A Window on World Politics in 2014 - Cambodia

Paul Reynolds | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Reynolds

In the often opaque world of international relations, from time to time a situation comes along which, whilst not earth shattering by itself, sheds a spotlight on how the international system works and the need for reform .

Heads of IMF and World Bank Must Support a Global Goal to End Extreme Inequality

Max Lawson | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK
Max Lawson

Just how serious are the World Bank and IMF about tackling the scourge of extreme inequality? The question is an important one. Through their financial power and their thought leadership, these two institutions still have major influence over the policies of governments across the world.

Climate Change: Apocalypse Now and the Trillion Dollar Challenge

Samantha J Smith | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK
Samantha J Smith

You may have seen apocalyptic headlines in the press recently. Headlines warning that climate change will be felt 'on all continents and across the oceans', and that the world faces a 'violent, sicker, poorer future'. Well stay with me, and I'll explain why we might not be facing 'apocalypse now'.

Getting Aid Where It's Needed Most

Fleur Anderson | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK
Fleur Anderson

WaterAid is calling on governments to double the amount of aid going to water and sanitation. But whatever is spent, it should be targeted at those communities that need it the most, where it can do the most good for the most people.

How Cross-Border Trade Is Empowering Women and Fostering Peace in DRC

Maria Lange | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Politics
Maria Lange

Through a collection of photographs and interviews, Crossings: The journey to peace challenges predominant narratives about eastern DRC, which focus on 'conflict trade' and 'rape' above broader lived experiences.

When You Can't Tell Anyone You've Been Raped - Because You're Disabled

Clare Pelham | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK
Clare Pelham

As women across the world get ready to celebrate their International Day, there is one sobering subject that we should not forget - the terrible toll abuse and violence takes on women, particularly disabled women.

Trading Income for Harassment? The Reality of Women Traders in Africa

Henriette Kolb | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK
Henriette Kolb

Rising early means beating the unbearable heat that makes her journey on foot with a heavy load of maize on her head even more arduous. It means getting to the border crossing before custom officials - who frequently ask her for a bribe or worse - and securing a place at the market ahead of her competitors.

'It's Easier To Start A Business In Afghanistan Than Britain'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK

Afghanistan, Mongolia and Armenia are easier places to start up a business than Britain, according to a heavyweight study by the World Bank. Accord...

Mulitlateral Agencies Should Renew Their Commitment to Basic Education

Pauline Rose | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Politics
Pauline Rose

The support of multilateral agencies for basic education is slowing compared with other sectors and bilateral donors. Unless multilateral aid is increased, there is a danger that growing support to new areas such as skills development will squeeze the scarce resources for basic education even further, to the detriment of the most disadvantaged.

What Has Aid Ever Done for Growth?

Girish Menon | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK
Girish Menon

As part of this debate, WaterAid is calling for everyone, everywhere to have access to water and sanitation by 2030. We are delighted to see that there is a growing consensus that these basic essential life saving services are crucial for lifting people out of poverty.

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.

Bold Rethink of 'Doing Business' at the World Bank Too Important to Leave to Politics

Christina Chang | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK
Christina Chang

The Doing Business project ranks countries' business regulations and laws across ten key indicators, but the group of experts led by Former South African Minister of Planning and Finance, Trevor Manuel, who reviewed the project, found that many of these indicators were a poor tool for policy-makers.

A Climate Change Wake Up Call From the World Bank

Joe Ware | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK
Joe Ware

The World Bank should also look in the mirror and learn lessons from its own report. Currently it schizophrenically recognises the dangers of climate change while investing billions of dollars every year in coal, oil and gas projects

Making Diaspora Remittances Go Further

Gibril Faal | Posted 18.08.2013 | UK
Gibril Faal

Perhaps post-recession, policymakers shall have greater empathy and understanding of the compounded problems faced by developing countries. As for migrants and diasporas, the awful stench of poverty and deprivation continues to occupy their senses as they manage their new lives.

Who Is Benefitting From Africa's Economic Boom?

Rachael Akidi | Posted 18.08.2013 | UK
Rachael Akidi

What do Ethiopia, Mozambique and Angola have in common? Well just under two decades ago, the stories that emerged from these three countries pretty much summed up the state of most of the African continent at the time. Two decades later, the same countries are not only in the news, but on every economic analyst's list.

The G8 Must Renew Its Commitment to Basic Education Worldwide

Pauline Rose | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Politics
Pauline Rose

The United Kingdom, which is now the largest bilateral donor to basic education in sub-Saharan Africa, has shown admirable leadership in meeting aid commitments and making basic education a high priority. Having assumed the presidency of the G8 this year, we encourage the UK to ensure that other G8 countries follow its lead.

George Osborne's 'Help To Buy' Scheme Death Knell For UK Property Market

Max Keiser | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK Politics
Max Keiser

The UK government has made a critical mistake: George Osborne's 'help to buy' scheme is off to a roaring start with money pouring into house-buying, including many first-time buyers... but there's a big problem.

From Building Sites to Human Rights

Allan Hogarth | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Politics
Allan Hogarth

Over the years I have worked with, and met, some amazing and inspirational women who have offered me insight into the control and power dynamics, inequalities and prejudices that perpetuate violence against women and girls. Of course, these variants will differ from country to country, culture to culture, but one variant remains constant - MEN.

Guatemala's Genocide Conviction Is Historic - But Rios Montt Can't Go Down Alone

Nick Dearden | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK
Nick Dearden

Former Guatemalan military dictator Efrian Rios Montt was found guilty of genocide this week. It's time to go after those who funded him.

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure: Reducing Disaster Risks Around the World

Francis Ghesquiere | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK
Francis Ghesquiere

Every day, rapid growth and urbanization increase the exposure of people and assets to earthquakes, floods, storms and other natural hazards... While disasters affect everyone, it is the poor and vulnerable - women, children, the elderly, and those recovering from conflict - who are most exposed. When hazards strike, their homes in fragile and often low-lying environments take the brunt of the impact.

The World Will Be Watching Washington

Iain Anderson | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK Politics
Iain Anderson

As we approach the annual spring meetings of the World Bank and IMF this weekend in Washington, there remains significant uncertainty around the globe on economic growth and the soundness of our financial system.

Russia's Initiatives for the BRICS

Sergei Katyrin | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK Politics
Sergei Katyrin

This week South Africa hosts the fifth Brics summit, completing the first 'cycle' of summits that began in Yekaterinburg in 2008. Individually no-one disputes the group has flourished since then. Our respective economies have each grown apace in what have been very difficult circumstances.

People Power Gets the G8 to Address the Land Rush Scandal

Ben Phillips | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Phillips

Every six days land the size of London is bought and sold - often by people who have never even visited it, sometimes in an online click-and-buy. Some of those who take over the land will grow crops - often for biofuels rather than for food and, when for food, often for export rather than for locals.

Time to Lead on Climate Change, Mr Cameron

Dr Keith Allott | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Keith Allott

Climate change is no longer an abstract future threat, it is on our doorstep. The alarm bells are ringing louder than ever. But the lack of response from the world's political leaders is baffling - and will certainly seem so to future generations.