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Prioritising Education - A New Chance for the Children of Nepal

Sarah Brown | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Sarah Brown

We have an opportunity in Nepal to apply the best of what we have learned globally to be a partner saving lives and enabling the Nepali people to rebuild their country. The coordination of some of the greatest humanitarian and development leadership of our time will not only save lives, it can lead to increased resilience for the Nepali people. This will require that we leave 'business as usual' by prioritising and funding education in this response. And we should leave it behind permanently by creating a Global Humanitarian Fund for Education in Emergencies and increasing our ability to rapidly respond, coordinate and deliver education in ways that save lives now and for many years to come.

French Far-Right Founder's Bitter Response To Daughter He's 'Ashamed' Of

The Huffington Post/AP | Steven Hopkins | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK

Former French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen was suspended Monday from the party he founded - and then immediately tried to severe all ties with t...

In and Around Kathmandu, Almost a Million Children Are in Urgent Need of Help

Ewan McGregor | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ewan McGregor

We can't change the terrible experience these children have already lived through, but we must try to ensure that each and every one of the children affected are kept safe, and provided with the food, water and supplies they so desperately need.

Nepal Earthquake: We've Seen Utter Devastation

David Bull | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
David Bull

Our colleagues on the ground in Nepal are reporting that the earthquake is like nothing they have ever experienced and describe utter devastation. They report dwindling supplies of water and food, power outages, and downed communication networks.

The World's Hardest Exam

Marcus Ereira | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Marcus Ereira

Is it coincidence that Asian countries including Korea top the educational performance charts? Should we follow their lead? I think the answer lies in two parts...

The Perilous Road to Kathmandu

Tanya Barron | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK
Tanya Barron

Today we need to head into Kathmandu and towards the epicentre. Colleagues have children they need to see. And we need to be close to the epicentre to help manage our response. The reports coming in from rural districts around the epicentre are alarming. Our staff are telling us that many, many buildings have collapsed. Homes, schools, hospitals. The hope is that since the earthquake struck on Saturday lunchtime, casualties will be minimised as fewer people would have been in public buildings.

The West Has the Blood of Drowning Migrants on Its Hands

John Wight | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK
John Wight

The drowning of 800 people in the Mediterranean is a crime against humanity, the ultimate responsibility for which lies not with the people traffickers operating the boats involved, as some assert, but Western governments that have destabilised the nations from which those refugees are so desperate to escape they are willing to risk their lives in the process.

The Lessons of Rana Plaza: Tackling a Silent Crisis That Begins in Childhood

Sarah Brown | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK
Sarah Brown

We must continue to fight for the rights of workers everywhere by ensuring that no one should be coerced or forced into unsafe work - especially not children - because that is all that is available to them. The children of the Rana Plaza disaster should be managing the factories of the future and their children should have options that those brave men and women never dreamed of. We will not get there until we ensure that all children everywhere have access to an education.

Not a Day to Waste

James Whiting | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK
James Whiting

I'm a firm believer in Winston Churchill's adage, "No one should waste a day". World Malaria Day (25 April) is most definitely a day we don't want to waste because the stakes in the battle against the world's oldest disease are so incredibly high.

Let's Lift Europe's Death Sentence for Refugees

Stephen Hale | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Stephen Hale

The EU's focus is still on keeping people out, not keeping them safe. This approach is illegal, impractical, and immoral. Every person making this crossing is entitled to a fair hearing and protection if they are shown to be a refugee. Thursday's summit failed to acknowledge this, and will thus do little to end the humanitarian emergency on our doorstep.

Where Will 'Hell' Strike Next?

William Bell | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
William Bell

The Middle East today is in a perilous condition, with violent conflict, poverty and large scale displacement increasing. For too long the international community has pursued politics and largely ignored vulnerable communities.

Turn the Guns on Katie Hopkins and the Traffickers by All Means, But Don't Forget Cameron

Steve Symonds | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Steve Symonds

This is a pan-European emergency, which requires a pan-European response. We need to reinstate the search and rescue operations immediately and this time it must be properly funded, including by the UK. It is completely unacceptable to refuse help when we know men, women and children are drowning in their hundreds.

Small Things, Big Difference

Arabella Gilchrist | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Arabella Gilchrist

A week ahead of World Malaria Day, there is much that rings true in his words, for in the fight against the world's biggest killer disease, many small things (backed by some big commitment) have led to extraordinary progress.

What Does Dog Rabies Cost the World Today?

Deborah Briggs | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK
Deborah Briggs

A new report published today reveals the staggering cost of dog rabies to the world economy. Rabies costs $8.6bn and kills 160 people every single day. It is the world's most deadly infectious disease. Once symptoms show, it is close to 100% fatal - and yet it is entirely preventable.

Labour Will Reduce the Amount of Aid Delivered by Consultants

Mary Creagh | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Politics
Mary Creagh

There is a clear choice at the election. Another five years of the Tories' misspending the aid budget because they don't believe in justice for the world's poorest; or Labour's better plan to ensure the development budget is spent well, spent on the right things and properly accounted for.

Words of Concern, Walls of Deterrence: Refugees Pushed Out to Sea

Aurélie Ponthieu | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK
Aurélie Ponthieu

In the last 15 years, the Mediterranean Sea has transformed into a graveyard for more than 20,000 migrants and refugees searching for protection and a better life in Europe. At least 3,500 people drowned close to European shores in 2014, many of them from Syria, Eritrea or sub-Saharan Africa. Already this year, 500 people have lost their lives at sea, and that's before the summer period when the majority of people attempt the dangerous crossing.

The Cost of Providing the World's Poorest People With Their Own National Health Service

Jeremy Horner | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK
Jeremy Horner

Today the Overseas Development Institute are releasing a report called 'Financing the Future' which shows that free basic universal healthcare would cost $74 billion a year to deliver in the 33 poorest countries - equivalent to just 4% of total bailout support provided to the banks by the UK Government.

Education for All 2000-2015: The #EduVerdict is in!

Aaron Benavot | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK
Aaron Benavot

The 12th GMR report has just been launched: 'Education for All 2000-2015: achievements and challenges.' The Report shows how the world has done in achieving the six Education for All goals set out in Dakar in 2000.

Yemen: A Humanitarian Catastrophe

Chad Anderson | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK
Chad Anderson

The third night of airstrikes was the worst. One I will never forget. I struggled to text my family as I shook like a leaf from head to toe. Waiting out the storm in an internal room, three walls between us and the fighting, I tried to breathe deeply as the entire house shook with each impact.

A Paris Climate Agreement - Africa's Opportunity for a Sustainable Century

Christiana Figueres | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK
Christiana Figueres

Traditional investment means first taking a risk to reap a reward later. The beauty of climate action is that the reward comes first and future risk i...

Life In The North: Arctic Animals

Frontier | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK
Frontier

The world's most desolate climate is home to animals that have adapted to take the harsh environment and thrive in it. Many of the arctic residents ar...

Yemen: The New Battleground Front in Saudi Arabia and Iran's Cold War

Dilly Hussain | Posted 06.06.2015 | UK
Dilly Hussain

For many observers, the Saudi-led campaign against the Houthis is the latest episode in an ongoing wider cold war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Yemen, many argue, is the latest battleground front - joining Lebanon, Bahrain, Syria and Iraq - where the region's chief power-brokers have been locked in a proxy war for the best part of 20 years.

The Building That Changed London

Edward Bazalgette | Posted 06.06.2015 | UK
Edward Bazalgette

While Crossness Pumping Station may not feature on a postcard, it has perhaps played a bigger part in changing the lives of ordinary Londoners than any other building, saving thousands from death and disease. My great-great-great grandfather Sir Joseph Bazalgette designed and built Crossness...

Islam Has a History of Protecting Civilisation, Not Destroying It

Adam Walker | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK
Adam Walker

Over the past weeks and months, the world has been witness to the tragic destruction of historical sites across Iraq - both secular and religious. The most recent attacks on humankind's shared civilisation saw ISIS destroy the ancient cities of Nimrod and Hatra.

The Bodies Pile Up in Yemen's Civil War and Saudi Arabia's Bombing Campaign, But Who Is Counting the Casualties?

Jack Serle | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK
Jack Serle

The challenges stem, in part, from the lack of independent on-the-ground reporting to corroborate the proliferation of videos and tweets. Perhaps paradoxically in the digital age, the fog of war has never been denser.