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National Conference 2021: Take a stance and find chances for change

23 September 2021

Over the weekend of 11-12 September we held our annual National Conference! As lovely as it would have been to reconnect in person, it was safer to have an online event for the second year running. It was great to be joined by people all over the country, and even internationally!

This year, the theme of our National Conference was ‘ Take a stance and find chances for change‘. We wanted to explore the impact of the COVID-19...

September Grassroots Conference Call: Nutrition for Growth - it's time to commit!

8 September 2021

In our September grassroots conference call, we focused on the issue of nutrition, with just weeks to go now before the important Nutrition for Growth Summit in early December. But that's not all! With the UN climate conference (COP-26) coming up in Glasgow, there's a great opportunity to use this UK Government priority to show the impact climate change has on food security, hunger and nutrition - see the links below.

We were privileged to hear from nutrition advocacy expert Meaza...

Let Afghanistan’s children learn to read

8 September 2021

Delivering a speech to mark International Literacy Day in 1997 the then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan called literacy “a bulwark against poverty and a building block for development” and "the means to which every man, woman and child can realise his or her full potential".

Almost 25 years later Annan’s words still ring true. The ability to read and write is an essential tool that lights the way to a better life, unlocking opportunities for work, improved health and...

'An Ode to RESULTS' - Celebrating 35 Years

24 August 2021

In 1986, RESULTS UK was launched and the first campaign group got started soon after in Macclesfield. Father and son duo Jay and Sanjay have been dedicated members of the Macclesfield group (now known as the Cheshire group) for years and continue to be an active part of the grassroots network. To celebrate 35 years of RESULTS UK and in the run up to the National Conference , we have a chat with Sanjay about his...

“We have to do what’s right even if we don’t win” - Campaigners reflect on the fight for 0.7%

3 August 2021

Thank you to Richard, Cameron, Sabah and Peter for sharing your reflections, and to Karen for the quote used in the blog title.

A 'Save 0.7%' photo stunt by the RESULTS London group, 2020.

Let’s start this blog in 1970, the year countries made a commitment at the United Nations that meant ‘economically advanced countries’ would move towards the target of spending 0.7% of their national income on Official Development Assistance (ODA, commonly...

August Grassroots Conference Call

3 August 2021

The topic of this month's call was the work of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance , and why the UK must honour its pledges to global health funds despite the cuts to the Official Development Assistance (ODA) budget. We were delighted to welcome Dr. Chizoba Wonodi as guest speaker to the call and hear about the work of Gavi and the impact it makes. Dr. Wonodi is a public...

Where is the UK in the fight against malnutrition?

26 July 2021

As we approach a key part of the Year of Action on Nutrition, starting with the UN Food System Pre-Summit this week leading to the actual Food System Summit in September, and the Nutrition for Growth Summit in December, engagement by governments is key to mobilising the financial and political commitments required to tackle malnutrition.

Each of these events are important milestones of the Year of Action on Nutrition. The Food System Summit and the Pre-Summit are convened by the...

The world was a very different place 100 years ago

12 July 2021

In 1921, we were recovering from a major flu pandemic and the First World War. Telephones were still a rarity, and those that did exist were clunky, static and expensive. We were still five years away from the world’s first television screening and Charlie Chaplin had just released his first full-length film. 1921 was also the year in which the Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccine – more commonly known as the BCG – was first used...

July Grassroots Conference Call

6 July 2021

Our July conference call addressed the topic of COVID-19 Vaccine inequity. We discussed the necessity for countries with excess vaccines to urgently share doses with countries facing barriers to accessing vaccines.

Our expert guest speaker, Waiswa Nkwanga, Senior Associate at the ACTION Global Health Partnership , answered questions about why the dose sharing announcements made...

Barefoot and begging - Pity communications do everyone a disservice

5 July 2021

Barefoot and begging - Pity communications do everyone a disservice

This blog was co-authored by Dela Anderson, Campaigns and Communications Officer and Ruthie Walters, Campaigns Coordinator for RESULTS UK.

The UK Government is abandoning its legal commitment to spend 0.7% of our national income on Overseas Development Assistance (ODA, commonly referred to as aid), cutting £4.5 billion from the budget....

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