Geeta Bandi-Phillips

Director of Advocacy and External Engagement at World Vision

Geeta Bandi-Phillips is Director of Advocacy and External Engagement at World Vision, Somalia.

Before joining World Vision, she worked as Head of Media, Advocacy, Communications and Campaigns at Save the Children; as Policy and Advocacy Manager at Women and Children First, which works to reduce the neonatal and maternal mortality; and with Unicef, leading Asia-wide research and advocacy processes on health, social exclusion and youth. Prior to that she headed up Unicef India’s “Unite for Children Unite Against AIDS” campaign. Earlier she worked with Dalit Solidarity Network on Dalit human rights, and with Landmine Action on the rights of people in fragile states.

She is originally from Andhra Pradesh, South India, and is now in Kenya after stints in London, Washington DC, Bangkok, Delhi, the Hague and Oxford.

Every Mother Deserves Our Care

While following news on the royal birth, I started to think about the mothers whom I have met in the developing world. Every mother I've met has shared stories: happy stories of joyful babies, tough stories of having little to eat while pregnant or walking for miles to reach a hospital while in labour.
05/08/2013 17:48 BST

The IF Campaign: History in the Making?

As someone born and brought up outside the UK but now living here, one of the things I most admire about the British people is that they hold in their hearts the struggle against global poverty. The 'Enough Food for Everyone IF' campaign has united in one voice all the major NGOs and faith groups in the UK.
22/02/2013 17:38 GMT

Casting out Caste in Britain

We need concerted government action to tear down these barriers and help to build a fairer society." They are right. They should follow their own advice. It's time to cast out caste.
20/08/2012 13:22 BST

Planning for Family Planning - Walking the Talk of the London Summit

It's clear that last week's London Family Planning Summit was a success. The vibe at the Summit was electric with many global leaders making big promises. A massive well done to Melinda Gates, who nudged world leaders to pledge more $2.8 billion in support of family planning up to 2020.
18/07/2012 17:57 BST

A Good News Year for Women and Children?

Over the years we have seen a lot of good, bad and ugly promises, campaigns and programmes. Some, such as increasing child vaccinations, have been very successful. But in the run up to the finish line for the Millennium Development Goals in 2015, we see that we are still way off key targets for women and children.
08/07/2012 20:40 BST

Women's Groups Saving and Changing Lives

I am witnessing a monthly meeting by the Chandrajarkie village women's group, which is organised and monitored by the village women. I'm here because I want to understand how the group has achieved a public health and social breakthrough: a massive reduction in neonatal mortality, and a huge step forward in the self-confidence of women.
04/05/2012 22:28 BST