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UK cuts grants for small aid charities to save ‘less than cost of No 10 press room’

Hospital in Zanzibar and support for child workers in Bangladesh among approved projects to miss out as £2.1m of funding cancelledThe UK has scrapped three rounds of grants to small international development charities, prompting fury that it has wiped out funding for 42 projects around the world to save “less than the [£2.6m] cost of the Downing Street press room”.The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) told charities last week that rounds six, seven and eight of the Small Charit...
Tags: Health, UK, Children, Conservatives, UK News, Poverty, Charities, Aid, Global development, Bangladesh, Humanitarian response, Foreign, Zanzibar, Women's rights and gender equality, Development Office FCDO, Commonwealth and Development Office


Citizen Penn review – Hollywood star’s vanity project lifts Haiti

This documentary about Sean Penn’s response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti may be self-congratulatory, but the actor has had an undeniable impactActor, director, screenwriter and now novelist Sean Penn has had some mixed notices for his non-showbiz activities and his dramatic interventions in various international situations – including his defiant declaration of faith in the late Hugo Chávez and his successor as Venezuelan president, the now-notorious Nicolás Maduro. And the naysayers and the ...
Tags: Hollywood, Film, Americas, Society, World news, Culture, Aid, Global development, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Haiti, Penn, Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Sean Penn, Christopher Hitchens


G7 nations to agree on global plan to help 40m girls into education

Talks between US secretary of state and Dominic Raab come as Britain cuts foreign aid to the sectorThe US secretary of state is to hold talks with his British counterpart, Dominic Raab, while the UK is on the back foot over plans to set new global targets to help girls’ education at a time when London is drastically cutting aid to the sector.Antony Blinken’s trip to London for the G7 meeting will include discussions with other foreign and development ministers on Tuesday and Wednesday. It is the...
Tags: UK, London, Education, US, UK News, World news, US news, Britain, South Africa, Aid, Global development, G7, State, Antony Blinken, Dominic Raab, South Korea Australia India


Britain’s aid cuts: what’s been announced so far

Some programmes will have their funding cut by 85% or more as the UK reduces its spendingBritain announced last year that it would cut aid spending from 0.7% of national income to 0.5% – a reduction of more than £4bn. The cuts are not split evenly, with some programmes having funding reduced by 85% or more.The Foreign Office said it would still spend more than £10bn this year to fight poverty, tackle the climate crisis and improve global health and would return to its 0.7% target when economic c...
Tags: Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Britain, Aid, Global development, Yemen, Foreign Office


UK’s aid cuts hit vital coronavirus research around world

Leading UK expert says loss of funding certain to damage attempts to tackle virus and variantsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageVital coronavirus research, including a project tracking variants in India, has had its funding reduced by up to 70% under swingeing cuts to the UK overseas aid budget.One of Britain’s leading infectious disease experts said the UK government cuts were certain to damage attempts to tackle the virus and track new variants. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, India, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Britain, Foreign Policy, Aid, Brazil, Coronavirus


Ending Tigray conflict will test UK’s claim to be ‘force for good’

Key parliamentary committee says government has duty to end violence and rights abuses in EthiopiaThe British government’s claims that its new development strategy would make it a “force for good” will be tested by whether it helps to end the conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, a parliamentary select committee said on Friday.Failing to act would be “devastating” to the claim that the new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) could lead the world by combining diplomacy and de...
Tags: Politics, UK, Africa, UK News, World news, House Of Commons, Aid, Global development, Ethiopia, Foreign, Internally displaced people, Tigray, Conflict and arms, Development Office FCDO, Commonwealth and Development Office, Tigray Continue


Gordon Brown leads calls for $60bn of Covid support for poor countries

Former PM urges G7 leaders to help finance rapid immunisation programme to stem spread of virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA whirlwind six-week campaign to persuade the UK-hosted G7 summit to fund a $60bn two-year vaccine and healthcare support package for poor countries is being spearheaded by the former prime minister Gordon Brown.In a campaign backed by the Guardian, leaders of the west’s leading economies are being urged to invest a fraction of the sums spent ...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, UK, Economics, Society, UK News, World news, Global Economy, Aid, Global development, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Gordon Brown, G7, Coronavirus


Almost 30 million will need aid in Sahel this year as crisis worsens, UN warns

Armed conflicts, the climate crisis and Covid-19 are contributing to chronic risk of food insecurity in the region, says Unocha reportA record 29 million people will need humanitarian assistance in the Sahel and the Lake Chad basin in 2021 amid a deepening crisis, a report by the UN office for humanitarian affairs (Unocha) has estimated.Almost one in four people in the border areas of Burkina Faso, northern Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Niger and north-east Nigeria are expected to need aid in 2021, 5 mi...
Tags: Climate Change, Nigeria, Africa, World news, Cameroon, United Nations, Aid, Global development, Mali, Chad, Un, Humanitarian response, Burkina Faso, Niger, Lake Chad, Sahel


UK sends oxygen concentrators and ventilators to India – but no Covid vaccines

Foreign Office says Britain ‘first out of the blocks’ with help but Labour calls it a drop in the ocean Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK has been “the first out of the blocks” with help for India, but will not send vaccines to the Covid-ravaged country until Britain has surplus supplies, the Foreign Office minister Nigel Adams has told MPs.He said the UK was responding to the Indian government’s needs, and had been the first country to provide practical support ...
Tags: Politics, UK, India, UK News, World news, Britain, South and Central Asia, Labour, Aid, Foreign, Foreign Office, Nigel Adams, Coronavirus, Commonwealth and Development Office


UK to slash funding for overseas water and sanitation projects by 80%

Scale of aid cut emerges in leaked FCDO memo, prompting experts to describe it as ‘a national shame’ The UK is to slash funding for lifesaving water, sanitation and hygiene projects in developing nations by more than 80%, according to a leaked memo.The cuts have been described as “savage”, “incredible” and “a national shame” by experts highlighting that sanitation and handwashing is a key line of defence during the coronavirus pandemic. The reduction to the bilateral aid budget was revealed as d...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Environment, Water, Conservatives, Society, Foreign Policy, Aid, Global development, Sanitation, Hygiene, Foreign, Access to water, Cop26: Glasgow climate change conference 2021, Commonwealth and Development Office


Dominic Raab is challenged to admit 40% cuts to foreign aid for girls’ education

Former minister Lady Sugg also accuses Foreign Office of cutting key sexual health programmesLady Sugg, a former Foreign Office minister, has challenged her onetime boss Dominic Raab to admit he is cutting the UK aid budget for girls’ education by more than 40% as the foreign secretary also suggested UK bilateral aid to Africa would be reduced to a third of what it was two years ago.She also claimed the government was planning to close its flagship Women’s Integrated Sexual Health programme and ...
Tags: Politics, UK, Africa, Society, UK News, Aid, Global development, Foreign, Foreign Office, Sugg, Dominic Raab, Commonwealth and Development Office, Lady Sugg, Women 's Integrated Sexual Health, Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition Continue


‘Shortsighted’: UK cuts aid to project preparing cities for natural disaster

From Quito to Kathmandu, millions will be endangered by cuts affecting planning for floods, earthquakes and fires, experts sayUK aid cuts to a programme working to reduce the disaster risk to poor communities around the world could endanger millions of lives and slam shut a brief window of opportunity to build safer cities for centuries to come, experts have warned.Professor John McCloskey, from Edinburgh University, said the 70% cut to this year’s budget for the Tomorrow’s Cities project was an...
Tags: Politics, UK, Africa, Americas, Society, UK News, World news, Cities, South and Central Asia, Foreign Policy, Nepal, Edinburgh University, Aid, Global development, Kenya, Urbanisation


UK aid cut seen as unforced error in ‘year of British leadership’

With UK hosting G7 and Cop26 this year, decision threatens Britain’s status as a ‘soft power’ superpowerBoris Johnson is said to be having “queasy second thoughts” about a long-term cut to the UK aid programme, faced both by the surprising unpopularity of the measure with his own backbenchers and the fact that most other G7 countries will come to the British-hosted summit in June increasing theirs – in the process endangering the UK status as a soft power superpower.The official government line ...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Britain, Foreign Policy, Defence policy, Aid, Global development, Boris Johnson, Andrew Mitchell, Johnson, British Council, Dominic Raab


‘No country immune’ from UK’s aid cuts, says Raab

Foreign secretary denies that aid organisations are scared to speak out or people are going hungryThe UK foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has told MPs that “no country is immune” from the impending aid cuts, but failed to clarify when specific plans would be made public.Speaking after the release of the first details of the £4bn cuts to international aid, which have been widely criticised as “draconian” and opaque, the minister confirmed “no stand-alone” impact assessment had been carried out in...
Tags: Politics, UK, Famine, Conservatives, Society, UK News, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, House Of Commons, Aid, Global development, Yemen, Foreign, Raab


No impact assessment made of Yemen aid cuts, minister admits

Cleverly tells MPs that cuts come at ‘terrible’ time, with 16m close to famine as Covid infections doubleThe UK government has admitted that no assessment has been carried out of how “dire” the impact of the 60% cut in foreign aid to Yemen will be. Related: UK 'balancing books on backs of Yemen's starving people', says UN diplomat Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Famine, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Aid, Global development, Un, Yemen, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office


No impact assessment made of Yemen aid cuts, official admits

Minister tells MPs that cuts come at ‘terrible’ time, with 16m close to famine as Covid infections doubleThe UK government has admitted that no assessment has been carried out of how “dire” the impact of the 60% cut in foreign aid to Yemen will be. Related: UK 'balancing books on backs of Yemen's starving people', says UN diplomat Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Famine, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Aid, Global development, Un, Yemen, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office


Humanitarian system is failing people in crisis, says UN aid chief

Exclusive: coordinator of UN’s relief operation to say agencies not listening to needs of those in needThe world’s multibillion-dollar humanitarian system is struggling because unaccountable aid agencies are not listening to what people say they need and instead are deciding for them, the UN’s humanitarian agency head will say this week.In a startling analysis of the programme he oversees, Mark Lowcock, the coordinator of the UN’s aid relief operation since 2017, will say he has reached the view...
Tags: Society, World news, United Nations, Aid, Global development, Un, Humanitarian response, Mark Lowcock


Humanitarian system not listening to people in crises, says UN aid chief

Exclusive: coordinator of UN’s relief operation says set-up prioritises what agencies think people needThe world’s multibillion-dollar humanitarian system is struggling because unaccountable aid agencies are not listening to what people say they need and instead are deciding for them, the UN’s humanitarian agency head will say this week.In a startling analysis of the programme he oversees, Mark Lowcock, the coordinator of the UN’s aid relief operation since 2017, will say he has reached the view...
Tags: Society, World news, United Nations, Aid, Global development, Un, Humanitarian response, Mark Lowcock


‘If we don’t give, people don’t eat’: Yemen focus of UK Ramadan giving

As Britain cuts aid to war-torn country on brink of famine Muslim charities are directing donations towards feeding populationThe Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, which started this week, is the biggest period of giving for UK Muslims.According to research by the Muslim Charities Forum, in 2018 the UK’s estimated 3.5 million Muslims donated more than £120m to global charitable causes during Ramadan, at a rate of £46 every second. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Religion, Society, World news, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, Charities, Voluntary sector, Islam, Aid, Global development, Yemen, Ramadan, Muslim Charities Forum


‘My son could die’: the disabled Syrian refugees on the sharp end of UK aid cuts – photo essay

Two centres in Lebanon are among the casualties of cuts to British aid, with devastating consequences for thousands of patients and families‘Out of Trump playbook’: UK accused of ‘abandoning’ women with cuts to aidIn January, the British government told its diplomats to start finding 50–70% cuts in aid funding. In March, it was revealed it was slashing aid funding to Syrian refugee projects by a third. Among the many casualties of those cuts is a project in Lebanon.Two centres – in Zahlé and in ...
Tags: Politics, UK, Society, UK News, World news, Syria, Disability, Middle East and North Africa, Refugees, Aid, Global development, Beirut, Lebanon, Foreign, Trump, Zahle


‘Out of Trump playbook’: UK accused of ‘abandoning’ women with cuts to aid

Charity warns of 22,000 additional deaths in poorest countries if Wish reproductive health programme endsThe director of a leading sexual and reproductive health charity has accused the government of “abandoning” women and girls it promised to help, as aid cuts derail a leading Tory programme to reduce maternal deaths and prevent unsafe abortions in poor countries. The threat to the women’s integrated sexual health (Wish) programme could mean 7.5m additional unintended pregnancies, 2.7m unsafe a...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Africa, Women, Pregnancy, Conservatives, Afghanistan, Foreign Policy, Pakistan, Economic policy, Stella Creasy, Aid, Global development, Ethiopia, Abortion


Gordon Brown calls for G7 to act on Covid vaccine ‘apartheid’

Former prime minister says group should commit to global vaccine drive and slams UK’s foreign aid cutCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePreventing poor countries suffering from vaccine “apartheid” will require the G7 group of rich nations to commit $30bn (£22bn) a year to a global immunisation drive, Gordon Brown has said.The former Labour prime minister said the UK should use June’s G7 summit in Cornwall to rekindle the moral purpose of the Make Poverty History campaign...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, UK, Economics, Society, UK News, World news, Labour, Economic policy, Aid, Global development, Cornwall, Vaccines and immunisation, Gordon Brown, G7


Aid agencies can be harmful, says Somaliland tycoon

Ismail Ahmed, a refugee turned multimillionaire, says his country has had to battle ‘negative PR’Aid agencies are hindering development and undermining efforts to attract investment in Somaliland, according to a former World Bank and UN official turned entrepreneur.Ismail Ahmed, founder of the money-transfer company WorldRemit, claims Somaliland, his birthplace, has had to battle “negative PR” from aid agencies exaggerating their role to protect their interests. Somaliland declared itself a sove...
Tags: Business, Africa, Economics, Society, World news, Global Economy, United Nations, Aid, Global development, Un, World Bank, Somalia, Inequality, Remittances, Worldremit, Somaliland


Biden restores $200m in US aid to Palestinians slashed by Trump

Former US president had gradually cut virtually all US money to Palestinian aid projectsThe US will restore more than $200m in aid to Palestinians, reversing massive funding cuts under the Trump administration that left humanitarian groups scrambling to keep people from plunging into poverty.“[We] plan to restart US economic, development, and humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people,” the secretary of state, Antony Blinken, said in a statement. Continue reading...
Tags: Israel, US, Society, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Middle East and North Africa, US politics, Palestinian territories, Gaza, Aid, Global development, Humanitarian response, Biden, Trump, Antony Blinken


Cutting aid will damage UK leadership of G7 and Cop26 summit, PM told

Ex-ministers and serving Tory MPs among those criticising decision to cut UK foreign aid by a thirdBoris Johnson has been told by a number of Tory former ministers and serving MPs that he risks jeopardising Britain’s leadership at the G7 and the Cop26 climate summit this year if he goes ahead with plans to cut UK aid by a third over two years.Sir David Lidington, who was Theresa May’s de facto deputy prime minister, will tell an Institute for Government conference on the G7 on Tuesday: “Sadly, t...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Britain, Theresa May, Aid, Global development, Boris Johnson, Tory, Johnson, G7, David Lidington, Institute For Government, Cop26: Glasgow climate change conference 2021


Oxfam to investigate misconduct claims against staff in DRC

Two aid workers suspended as charity looks into allegations of bullying and sexual misconductTwo Oxfam aid workers have been suspended as part of an investigation into allegations of bullying and sexual misconduct against senior managers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).The inquiry comes just a few weeks after the charity’s statutory supervision status was lifted, following reforms prompted by a 2019 report into conduct by its staff after the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, Society, World news, Charities, Voluntary sector, Aid, Global development, Oxfam, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Democratic Republic Of Congo, Drc


'Lives will be lost,' warn Syria aid groups as UK cuts funding by a third

Reduced £205m offer at UN pledging conference comes with 90% of Syrians living in povertySyrians and aid organisations have warned that “lives will be lost” as a result of the UK’s decision to cut aid funding to the conflict-stricken country.The UN hoped to raise $10bn (£7.3bn) from governments and donors at a virtual two-day pledging conference for Syria that concluded on Tuesday – the biggest appeal yet to help both people inside and those displaced outside the country. The total amount of mon...
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UK slashes aid to Syria despite direct appeals from UN

Reduction comes despite direct appeals from senior UN figures that situation is worse than everThe UK has slashed its funding of the Syrian refugee programme by a third at a major United Nations donor conference despite direct appeals from the UN that the plight of Syrian refugees have grown worse than ever during the 10-year civil war.The UK offer of at least £205m was made by the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, and compares with a donation of £300m at the same conference last year. The UK eve...
Tags: UK, UK News, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, United Nations, Aid, Global development, Un, Dominic Raab


British aid cuts to leave tens of thousands of Syrians 'paperless'

Norwegian Refugee Council says move to pull funding for its legal support programme will leave many in ‘destitution’Tens of thousands of Syrians will no longer receive legal support, leaving many “in utter destitution” without documents they need to work, travel or return home, after the British government pulled £4m in funding from a charity programme, according to its director.News of the cut to a Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) project supporting refugees and internally displaced Syrians, com...
Tags: Politics, Society, UK News, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Migration, Refugees, Aid, Global development, Foreign, Migration And Development, Refugee Council, Dominic Raab, Refugee Council NRC, Development Office FCDO


Britain’s ‘brutal’ cuts to overseas aid put African science projects in peril

Lifesaving research on fighting drought and climate change at risk after snap decision to halt crucial fundingFor two years, the Rwandan-born scientist Anita Etale has been leading efforts to develop cheap methods to clean contaminated water supplies, a widespread problem in Africa.Based at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, South Africa, Etale had a £300,000 grant from Britain’s Royal Society in 2019 to build a team of researchers, who went on to develop cleaning filters using maize and ...
Tags: Politics, Science, Climate Change, Africa, Environment, UK News, World news, Britain, Higher Education, Aid, Global development, Royal Society, JOHANNESBURG South Africa, Working in development, Witwatersrand University, Anita Etale