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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...

Constituency contact is vital for influencing MPs

13 October 2016

It has become common for people working in the international development sector to fear the worst for campaigning and influencing parliament. Growing criticism of the role of charities in the political process, scepticism about the value of UK aid, the prospect of complex Brexit negotiations and fears of economic uncertainty have all taken centre stage in public debates. However, a recent NfP Synergy report...

Who's who in DfID's new team?

26 July 2016

Confused about the current state of British politics? Feel like it’s changing every five minutes? You’d be forgiven for having no idea who’s coming and going in leadership contests, let alone each governmental department. Luckily, we’ve created a short guide so you know who’s who in DfID’s new team.

Secretary of State for International Development...

Parliamentary delegation examines Zambia's progress on TB and child survival

20 August 2015

RESULTS UK recently led a delegation to Zambia with four parliamentarians from the UK’s three largest parties to examine how the country is addressing the global health challenges of Tuberculosis (TB) and child survival. Zambia is an interesting case study in health: it is a Lower Middle Income country, which has had a growth rate of between 6% and 10% for the last decade, but its...

Webinar recording now available

27 May 2015

Missed our webinar on how to make the most of a meeting with your new MP? Don’t worry! A recording of the call and slides are now available here: [audio mp3="/sites/default/files/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Webinar4-1.mp3"][/audio] We were joined on the call by our very own parliamentary advocacy specialist Anna Gelderd, who shared her experiences of working directly with MPs in Westminster. If you...

Why are we celebrating 0.7%? Find out in our April Conference Call recording!

8 April 2015

Our April 2015 Conference Call was all about celebrating the passage of the 0.7% Act , which received Royal Assent on 26 March, 2015. We were joined by Baroness Alison Suttie , one of the key figures in the Bill’s journey through Parliament, who gave us insight into what made the Act possible and what it means for UK aid. As always we had fantastic questions from Grassroots volunteers, who joined us from Hastings, Leeds,...

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