Blog: Aid

September conference call recording now available

13 September 2017

A recording of the September grassroots conference call is now available to download here .

Poor nutrition leads to millions of child deaths and wasted human potential, but is entirely preventable. The UK has played a big role in the global fight against malnutrition. In 2013, then Prime Minister David Cameron established the ‘Nutrition for Growth’ (‘N4G’) agenda, raising $23 billion of new funding for nutrition programmes.

But four...

August conference call now available

11 August 2017

The August grassroots conference call is now available . After a round-up of your actions around the UK, we heard from Oxfam’s Gideon Rabinowitz, aid policy expert, explaining why it’s important that our politicians support the achievements of the UK’s international aid efforts.

Thanks to you, many MPs have been active supporters of international development this year so far. Whether they urged Theresa May to prioritise TB at the G20, became...

Advocacy on global development at the World Bank

1 August 2017

Volunteer campaigners Ellie Wason and Hannah Lathan have just attended the RESULTS International Conference (22-25 July) in Washington DC, as part of which they took part in an advocacy meeting at the World Bank.

At the grassroots advocacy level, lobbying our local MPs in the UK, it is easy to feel a disconnect with international processes in the development world, especially when organisations such as the United Nations and the World Bank are based in the US....

Is caring in crisis? No, but NGOs aren’t helping.

30 June 2017

Last week I attended a book launch – not something I’ve ever done before, but this one seemed worth going to. “ Caring in Crisis? Humanitarianism, the Public and NGOs ”, a new book by Irene Bruna Seu , Reader in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College, London, and Shani Orgad, Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communications, LSE, was a title bound to get my...

What the reshuffle means for international development

16 June 2017

When I wrote a blog post listing the new ministers appointed at the Department for International Development after the referendum result last June, I can honestly say I did not expect to be writing another blog so similar and so soon. But such is the nature of politics.

I’m sure that we weren’t the only ones who were somewhat surprised by the election result a couple of weeks back. Some of you who attended the National Conference might remember the parliamentary advocacy session...

“Out of school and out of hope”: Julia Gillard on the global learning crisis

25 May 2017

“We can continue business as usual...or we can step up now and make the investment in education that will pay dividends of prosperity and peace for the entire world. The morally right choice and the smart choice are one and the same. We need to deliver change and create education for all.”

These are the words spoken by Julia Gillard at the London School of Economics on Monday, as she made her case for why leaders need to tackle the global learning crisis - and fast....

A sustainable end to the HIV epidemic requires resolve not retreat

18 May 2017

Last week a study published in The Lancet highlighted the astonishing progress that has been made through the use antiretroviral therapy (ART) to address HIV: young people on the latest drugs now have near-normal life expectancy and are projected to live ten years longer than those who first used ART in 1996.

While some may consider research and development a dry topic,...

Citizen activism really IS more important than ever!

18 May 2017
This month, the RESULTS National Conference discussed the theme of why citizens campaigning on international development issues matters more today than ever before. Keynote speaker Professor David Hudson of Birmingham University opened the conference and stressed that poverty is essentially political (30s sound clip). In a democratic system, overcoming it is...

DFID and Disability

3 May 2017

Disabled people are routinely left behind as countries develop. In order for DFID to address this in its work, disability needs to be embedded across the work of DFID, in the same way that gender is, in order to really ensure that disabled people are included in all the work it does as a department. RESULTS UK and its partners in the Bond Disability and Development Group (Bond DDG) have been calling for this for the past few years, since we first started working on disability, as part of our...

Do we have a lack of political will to end TB?

24 March 2017

Today is World TB Day 2017. In the past decade, every World TB Day press release or statement could have been exactly the same, only changing one number – the number of deaths – and it’s going in the wrong direction.

Figures from a recent report highlight the staggering future human and economic cost of failing to address TB: 75 million lives lost by 2050 and cumulative economic costs of $16.7 trillion. This very clearly shows that we are not winning the fight. If we do not act now...

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