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Trump's unseemly haste shows World Bank must no longer be in thrall to US

The race to head the World Bank opened with the US candidate already known. Other countries must stand up and be countedWith characteristic lack of restraint, the Trump administration last week jumped the gun on the World Bank presidential election process by naming David Malpass as its preferred candidate to succeed Jim Yong Kim.The formal nomination process, which did not begin until the following day, is based on selection principles agreed in 2011 that put the emphasis on an “open, merit-bas...
Tags: Business, US, Economics, Society, World news, Global Economy, Aid, Global development, World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, Trump, David Malpass


Aid agencies pull out of Idlib in face of new terror threat

Fear of aid money being diverted by Tahrir al-Sham has led donors to cut fundingIn Syria’s Idlib province, the dust has largely settled after last month’s dramatic takeover of the area by al-Qaida-linked fighters. As a result, however, international organisations have withdrawn aid and support for schools and hospitals – and Idlib’s 3 million residents are beginning to feel the pinch.Idlib, the last pocket of Syria that remains outside President Bashar al-Assad’s control, was spared an assault b...
Tags: Russia, Society, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Moscow, Bashar Al Assad, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Al Qaida, Ankara, Idlib, Tahrir al Sham


Boris Johnson backs call for multibillion cut to UK aid budget

Tory report says DfID could be folded into Foreign Office and aid spending redefinedCalls for a multibillion-pound cut in the UK’s overseas aid budget and closure of the Department for International Development (DfID) as a separate Whitehall entity are set out in a new Conservative vision for a post-Brexit “global Britain” backed by the former foreign secretary Boris Johnson.Current definitions of aid spending would be broadened to include peacekeeping, and the BBC’s World Service would be expan...
Tags: Politics, UK, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Bbc, Britain, Foreign Policy, Aid, Global development, Boris Johnson, Whitehall, Brexit, Foreign Office, Department for International Development (DfID, World Service


Billions of UK aid failing to reduce poverty, report finds

Shortfall in standards casts doubt on transparency of Britain’s aid spendingToo much of Britain’s aid budget is being spent poorly by Whitehall departments on projects that fail the test of reducing poverty in the world’s poorest countries, a campaign group has said.The One Campaign – an advocacy organisation set up by the U2 singer Bono – said the huge gulf in standards across government was undermining the battle to build public trust that taxpayers’ money was being well spent. Continue readin...
Tags: Transparency, Politics, UK, Bono, Society, UK News, World news, Tax and spending, Britain, Foreign Policy, United Nations, Aid, Global development, Whitehall


UK aid funding must not be privatised | Letter

Proposals to refocus aid as private investment could weaken support for vulnerable people worldwide, says Claire GodfreyProposals by the international development secretary, Penny Mordaunt, to refocus UK aid towards for-profit investment risks weakening support for the people who need our help the most, and compromising the work Britain does to make the world a safer, healthier and more just place to live in (Report, 30 January). The Department for International Development has a long-standing h...
Tags: Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Tax and spending, Britain, Aid, Global development, DFID, Department for International Development, Penny Mordaunt, Claire GodfreyProposals, Claire GodfreyHead


Penny Mordaunt criticised over call for aid to come from private sector

International development secretary says she wants DfID to become more a fundraising than a spending departmentPenny Mordaunt has been criticised by charities and MPs for suggesting the government’s international development spending should become more reliant on private sector investment and philanthropy.The international development secretary told cabinet ministers she would aim for her department to become a fundraising department rather than a spending department, telling them it was unsusta...
Tags: Politics, Society, UK News, Tax and spending, Aid, Global development, Penny Mordaunt, Mordaunt


'Real risk' of refugees freezing to death in Syria after rains destroy shelters

As temperatures fall, aid workers warn of danger to at least 11,000 people across Idlib, with storms also battering camps in LebanonAt least 11,000 child refugees and their families are facing a weekend of freezing temperatures with no shelter, after torrential rains across Syria’s Idlib province swept away tents and belongings.Aid workers warn there is a real risk people will simply freeze to death as temperatures have already dropped to -1C, amid a shortage of blankets and heating fuel. Contin...
Tags: Society, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Refugees, Aid, Global development, Lebanon, Migration And Development, Idlib


UK aid to Yemen is eclipsed by weapons sales to the Saudi coalition

UK aid to Yemen is eclipsed by the billions brought in through the bungling, deceitful sale of British weapons to Saudi ArabiaThe war in Yemen has killed as many as 57,000 people since March 2015, left 8.4 million people surviving on food aid and created a cholera epidemic. The British government claims to have been at the forefront of international humanitarian assistance, giving more than £570m to Yemen in bilateral aid since the war began.Yet the financial value of aid is a drop in the ocean ...
Tags: UK, Saudi Arabia, Society, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Yemen, Arms trade, Conflict and arms


UK pledges £50m to help end FGM across Africa by 2030

Officials say funding is biggest investment in tackling practice and helping vulnerable girlsThe British government is to invest £50m in an attempt to end female genital mutilation by 2030, claiming it is the single biggest investment to tackle the issue by an international donor.The money, announced on Friday, will go to grassroots programmes working to stop the practice across Africa, where it is most prevalent. Penny Mordaunt, international development secretary, said the investment was also ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Africa, Society, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Aid, Global development, Fgm, Global Health, Penny Mordaunt, Female genital mutilation (FGM


Looming violence in Yemen as UN peace talks pushed back

Chances of famine exacerbated by escalating fighting between Houthi rebels and Saudi-led coalitionPeace talks aimed at ending Yemen’s war have been pushed back to the end of the year, sparking fears that intense violence in Hodeidah will worsen and the country will be plunged into famine as the Saudi-backed coalition seeks to completely retake the vital port city.Fighting in Houthi rebel-controlled Hodeidah has flared in the past week as militias loyal to the Yemeni government attempt to break t...
Tags: Saudi Arabia, US, Famine, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Un, Humanitarian response, Yemen, Hodeidah, Jamal Khashoggi


UK accuses EU of Brexit bias as it refuses to endorse aid spending

Exclusive: in vote among 28 member states, UK declines for first time to back aid plansThe British government has taken the unprecedented step of refusing to endorse billions of pounds worth of EU spending on aid projects as it accused the European commission of discriminating against UK-based organisations over Brexit.In a vote among the 28 member states on the latest allocation of the bloc’s £26.5bn development budget, the UK government declined to give its support for aid spending for the fir...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Society, UK News, Foreign Policy, Aid, European Commission, Brexit


UK accused of 'abandoning children to their fate' in world's deadliest countries

Government urged to ramp up aid spending on child protection after study shows it accounts for only 2% of budgetAn international charity has accused Britain of abandoning children in the world’s most dangerous countries to their fate, with minimal aid spent on their protection.Only 2.5% of UK aid, £35m, was spent on projects that protect children from violence in 2017, according to research commissioned by World Vision UK. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Children, Iraq, Society, UK News, World news, Britain, Aid, Global development, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, World Vision UK Continue


'End war on Yemen's children': conflict escalates around Hodeidah hospital

UN warns heightening of hostilities following US ceasefire calls will have devastating impact on severely malnourished childrenFighting has intensified around the largest hospital operating in the port city of Hodeidah, preventing access to severely malnourished and vulnerable children, the UN’s children’s agency has warned.The escalation in conflict follows US calls for a ceasefire and suggestions that peace talks may be held in Sweden. On Thursday, the Saudi-led coalition said it had attacked ...
Tags: Sweden, Children, US, Famine, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Un, Humanitarian response, Yemen, Sana'a, Hodeidah, Conflict and arms


UK 'exaggerated number of lives saved' by maternal health aid project

Watchdog says many more deaths could have been prevented given level of investment in Department for International Development programmesThe UK government has been criticised by an aid watchdog for exaggerating the number of women’s lives it saved through its maternal health programmes.A review, published by the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (Icai) on Tuesday, also said the number of lives saved “were significantly below what they could have been, given the level of investment”. Continue...
Tags: Health, UK, Society, Aid, Global development, Maternal health, Department for International Development, Independent Commission for Aid Impact Icai, Reproductive rights (developing countries


Penny Mordaunt confronted on stage by protester over failings on aid sex abuse

Development secretary allows demonstrator to address audience at event called in response to Oxfam scandalPenny Mordaunt was dramatically confronted on stage by a protester who accused her of failing to give women a voice at a conference on sex abuse in the aid sector.Alexia Pepper De Caires, a whistleblower and former Save the Children employee, approached the minister while she was delivering her speech in London on Thursday. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, London, Society, UK News, Charities, Aid, Global development, Oxfam, Save The Children, Penny Mordaunt, Sexual Violence, Department for International Development (DfID, Mordaunt, Alexia Pepper de Caires


Global register set up to keep criminals out of aid sector

In aftermath of Haiti abuse scandal, NGOs will be able to vet prospective employees using Interpol and national policing databasesThe UK is to help launch a global register of dangerous criminals with the aim of preventing them finding their way into the aid sector, in the wake of the aid abuse scandal, it has been announced.As the international development secretary Penny Mordaunt prepared to address a conference on Thursday on abuse within the sector, Whitehall officials confirmed the governme...
Tags: Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Foreign Policy, Aid, Global development, Whitehall, Haiti, Interpol, Penny Mordaunt


Foreign aid is vital – just look at how Britain has helped in Indonesia | Penny Mordaunt

As Indonesia struggles to cope with the effects of an earthquake and tsunami, UK aid is making a real differenceWe have all been moved this week by the harrowing images coming out of Indonesia, following the country’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.The double natural disaster has left a trail of destruction, making orphans of children, and leaving parents childless. Tens of thousands of Indonesians are without shelter and in need of food and water, the basics we in the UK all take for grante...
Tags: UK, Indonesia, Society, UK News, World news, Britain, Asia Pacific, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Earthquakes, Aid, Global development, Tsunamis, Penny Mordaunt


Britain’s response to the Indonesian earthquake shows why aid is so vital | Penny Mordaunt

As Indonesia struggles to cope with the effects of an earthquake and tsunami, UK aid is making a real differenceWe have all been moved this week by the harrowing images coming out of Indonesia, following the country’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.The double natural disaster has left a trail of destruction, making orphans of children, and leaving parents childless. Tens of thousands of Indonesians are without shelter and in need of food and water, the basics we in the UK all take for grante...
Tags: UK, Indonesia, Society, UK News, World news, Britain, Asia Pacific, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Earthquakes, Aid, Global development, Tsunamis, Penny Mordaunt


Deadly Yemen famine could strike at any time, warns UN boss

Humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock fears a ‘huge loss of life’ as fighting continues A famine inflicting “huge loss of life” could strike at any time in Yemen, as food prices soar and the battle rages over the country’s main port, the UN humanitarian chief, Mark Lowcock, has warned.Lowcock said that by the time an imminent famine is confirmed, it would be too late to stop it. Accelerating economic collapse has caused prices of staples to increase by 30% at a time many millions of Yemenis were alrea...
Tags: Famine, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Aid, Global development, Un, Yemen, Mark Lowcock, Lowcock


UK pledges £2.1m to save Asian tigers and African chimpanzees

DfID says scheme to protect species in Indonesia and Liberia will create 16,000 jobsThe UK’s international development secretary has announced funding to help protect Sumatran tigers and west African chimpanzees.Only about 30 tigers are left in Indonesia as their forest habitats disappear, while in Liberia the illegal wildlife trade and loss of habitat threatens the survival of the chimpanzee. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Indonesia, Animals, Africa, Environment, Society, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Conservation, Trees and forests, Deforestation, Liberia, Wwf


The importance of ethical aid to Africa | Letters

Readers including Catherine West MP air their views on Theresa May’s trip to AfricaIt’s disappointing that Theresa May appeared to miss a major opportunity this week, when boosting trade with Nigeria (Report, 30 August). The UK should also be encouraging increased investment of Nigerian government revenue towards cutting-cases and deaths from easily preventable diseases like malaria, and boosting health systems. Nigeria has the highest malaria death burden in the world, with more than 100,000 pe...
Tags: Politics, UK, Nigeria, Africa, Society, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Commonwealth of Nations, Aid, Global development, Commonwealth, Hornsey, Wood Green, Catherine West


Iraq’s war-damaged children need specialist help to heal their trauma | Kevin Watkins

Billions goes on rebuilding Mosul’s shattered infrastructure. But what about the thousands of psychologically shattered children?Rahaf, aged 10, from west Mosul in Iraq, can’t tell you what caused the war that left her an orphan, killed her friends and robbed her of her childhood. But she can give you a child’s-eye view of the collective trauma, grief and loss that weigh on children across her devastated city. “I wake up and I witness war every day. I don’t want to go through another war,” she s...
Tags: Isis, Children, Islamic State, Iraq, Society, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Mosul, Kevin Watkins


Brexit: EU accused of making false claims over aid contracts

Exclusive: British NGOs ‘wrongly’ told they will lose funding if no deal is reachedThe EU has been accused of putting the lives of the world’s poorest at risk after warning off British development organisations from involvement in its humanitarian aid programmes by claiming they would lose all funding in the event of the a no-deal Brexit.Officials working under Martin Selmayr, the most senior aide to the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, have inserted disclaimers in aid contrac...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Poverty, Britain, Foreign Policy, Aid, Global development, Article 50, Brexit, Jean Claude Juncker


Timeline: Oxfam sexual exploitation scandal in Haiti

Key events in aftermath of news that Oxfam covered up inquiry into staff paying for sexA leaked document shows Oxfam must make £16m worth of cuts to jobs and relief programmes as it tries to recover from the fallout over a sexual exploitation scandal involving staff in Haiti. This is how the scandal unfolded. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, Americas, Society, World news, Charities, Voluntary sector, Aid, Global development, Chad, Oxfam, Haiti


David Miliband: world must step up support for Rohingya refugees

Ex-foreign secretary warns of monsoon threat and calls for issue to be raised at G7 talksDavid Miliband has called on the international community to “step up” its support of Rohingya refugees in southern Bangladesh before the monsoon. During a visit to the refugee camps, the former UK foreign secretary said the issue must be discussed at the G7 meeting in Quebec, Canada this week, saying there was “real fear” among the refugees about the rainy season. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Society, UK News, World news, Canada, David Miliband, Refugees, Aid, Global development, Bangladesh, Rohingya, Humanitarian response, Miliband, G7, Quebec Canada


Aid sector urged to crack down on war zone child abusers

National Crime Agency warns of sex offenders travelling to conflict zones to exploit vulnerable childrenSex offenders and paedophiles are travelling to the world’s conflict zones to prey on vulnerable children, the National Crime Agency has warned.Robert Jones, deputy director of the NCA’s child exploitation and online protection command, said offenders were exploiting the chaos of war and areas hit by natural disaster. He urged the aid sector to help make it as difficult as possible for individ...
Tags: Children, Society, Child protection, Aid, Global development, Humanitarian response, NCA, Robert Jones, National Crime Agency


DRC snubs aid conference, saying crisis is exaggerated

Meeting aims to raise $1.7bn for Congolese hit by war, disease, hunger and displacementThe government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has boycotted a key donor conference in Geneva, accusing aid agencies of exaggerating the extent of the crisis in the vast central African country.The conference, which opened on Friday, aims to raise $1.7bn (£1.2bn) for humanitarian assistance to millions suffering from war, displacement, disease and hunger. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, Society, World news, Aid, Geneva, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic Of Congo, Drc


Penny Mordaunt hails UK aid as a shield against crime, poverty and terrorism

Development secretary mounts evocative defence of aid spending and announces partnership to promote investment in Asia and AfricaUK Aid is a shield against pandemics, organised crime, poverty and terrorism, and an example of British values,Penny Mordaunt, the international development secretary has said.In a speech short on detail, but long on colour and allusion, Mordaunt evoked images of past glories and wartime Britain. Continue reading...
Tags: Asia, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, World news, Britain, Aid, Global development, Penny Mordaunt, Department for International Development (DfID, Mordaunt


Human experience will always speak louder than any campaign – podcast

Lucy Lamble talks to an Amnesty International expert about the importance of letting people in tough situations tell their own stories Acast, Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Audioboom. Join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter and email us at [email protected] old way of appealing for help during a human rights crisis, simply by telling people all that is wrong in the world, risks making the public fearful and hopeless, says Thomas Coombes, Amnesty International’s deputy direct...
Tags: Society, World news, Charities, Voluntary sector, Refugees, Aid, Global development, Amnesty International, Facebook and Twitter, Lucy Lamble, Acast Apple, Thomas Coombes


'Mobilising shame is hard when politicians are shameless': campaigners offering hope – podcast

Lucy Lamble talks to Thomas Coombes from Amnesty International about the importance of letting people in tough situations tell their own stories The old way of appealing for help during a human rights crisis, simply by telling people all that is wrong in the world, risks making the public fearful and hopeless, says Thomas Coombes, Amnesty International’s deputy director of communications. The solution, he says, is to offer hope, even in the darkest times imaginable. Asking people fleeing war and...
Tags: Society, Charities, Voluntary sector, Refugees, Aid, Global development, Amnesty International, Lucy Lamble, Thomas Coombes



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