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“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...

“Callous and short-sighted.” What do the aid cuts mean for global health and education?

30 April 2021
"Callous and short sighted." What do the aid cuts mean for global health and education?

The Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab recently confirmed the Government’s plans to slash global health and education funding in the middle of the worst pandemic in a century.

In a statement released at the end of the day on 21 April, we learnt the Foreign Commonwealth and Development...

April 2021 Grassroots Conference Call - Building back better, brick by brick

8 April 2021

For the April monthly grassroots conference call, we were joined by expert speaker Clare Symonds , Senior Policy Advocacy Officer for Tuberculosis at RESULTS UK. We discussed the April campaign to influence the outcome of the G7 leaders summit, and how we can play a role in ensuring the UK Government commits to and encourages other leads to building strong health systems as part of the global COVID-19 recovery.

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October 2020 RESULTS UK Grassroots Call - A fairer world by 2030

7 October 2020

This month we heard from Lilei Chow, Senior Policy and Advocacy Adviser on the Sustainable Development Goals at Save the Children, who is also a Co-Chair of the BOND SDG Group, which helps coordinate the different NGOs’ work on the SDGs. She explained how progress in international development has been massively set back by the COVID-19 pandemic; but that the SDGs provide us the only credible road map we have to achieving a fairer world by 2030. You can watch the recording of the call...

September 2020 RESULTS UK Grassroots Call - UK priorities for poverty reduction

3 September 2020

On this month's grasssroots conference call, we heard from the ONE Campaign's Nasim Salad about the need for the new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) to prioritise development spending on programmes that focus on poverty reduction and can demonstrate their effectiveness in a transparent way. She shared evidence from ONE's Real Aid Index which provides data on which to base prioritisation decisions. You can...

The International Development Committee explained

30 August 2018

We often hear of Westminster as a bubble. I once heard a columnist describe it as a fishbowl, a much more accurate description: transparent, but, looking inwards, you find the view to be obscured. Navigating this world can be tricky, and changing things is trickier still. However, there are a multitude of different instruments that civil society advocates, activists and campaigners can use to change and influence policy. One of the key ways that RESULTS UK attempts to do this is through...

Campaign Champions call on Parliament to invest in global education

20 July 2017

Last Wednesday, 20 smart, passionate and inspiring 14 and 15 year olds from across the UK assembled in London for a day of action in Parliament. Their mission? To call on MPs and decision makers to address the global learning crisis and invest more money in global education through the Global Partnership for Education.

This guest blog on the day comes from Lucy Owen, one of the 20 Campaign Champions representing 300,000 young people.

I’m a year 9 student...

ICAI: The UK Aid Spending Watchdog

13 March 2017

If you’ve been following news on international development lately, you’ll be aware that aid spending outside of DFID is set to rise. By 2020, it is expected that around 30% of the UK’s aid budget will be spent by other government departments.

With this in mind, it is increasingly important that UK aid remains transparent and accountable, no matter who is spending it. Recognising this, the last Government established an independent body to scrutinise aid spending in 2011, called the...

The International Development Committee and why it matters

1 March 2017

Parliament is often thought of as an antiquated institution, but one of its bodies we engage with most often is even younger than most of our staff and campaigners: 2017 marks the twentieth anniversary of the creation of the International Development Committee (IDC).

While there had been a government minister...

How can we work with parliamentarians to tackle drug-resistant TB?

4 November 2016

After attending the 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Liverpool last week, Baroness Suttie from the UK reflects on her work with the Global TB Caucus - and how civil society and parliamentarians can work together

Last week I travelled to the 47 th Union World Conference on Lung Health in the city of Liverpool in the north of England. I was there as a member of the British House of Lords to meet others to discuss how parliamentarians can work...

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