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  • Doing good, and doing it better

    Professor MacAskill provides an overview of the Effective Altruism movement, and explains why each one of us is in the remarkable position of being able to save dozens of lives during the course of our own.

    All girls deserve an education, not just the lucky ones

    When she stepped down as Prime Minister in 2013, Julia Gillard didn’t opt for an easy life. Instead, she chose to take on one of the greatest global challenges of our time: how to give more children a quality education. In 2014 she became Chair of the Global Partnership for Education. In the latest Portland Global View blog, Julia Gillard focuses on a specific and crucial challenge, and one often seen as a key to long-term development, that of educating girls. 

    UK’s aid budget an unexpected focus in the UK General Election

    As speculation grew last week that the aid budget would be trimmed, a counter campaign to show the value of the UK’s aid programme found its voice. 

    An ambitious but reachable target

    Whilst there has been huge progress made since 1990 with 2.6 billion more people now able to drink clean water and over 2.1 billion gaining access to a toilet, one in ten of the world’s population still don’t have access to safe water and one in three live without decent sanitation. This is just not acceptable and by 2030 universal access needs to be a reality.

    The world’s toughest job?

    The new United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres of Portugal, took office on 1 January 2017. It is no wonder that one of Guterres’ predecessors described the role of Secretary-General as “the most impossible job in the world.”

    Ready to be the next Dr WHO

    The work of WHO affects the health, happiness and general wellbeing of each of the seven billion people in our world. WHO helps countries respond to infectious disease outbreaks and ensures that they do not get out of control. It alerts everyone about risks of illness and shows how diseases can best be controlled.

    Rising humanitarian needs call for a new way of working

    Today, a record 135 million people across 35 countries need humanitarian aid to survive. The scale of humanitarian suffering continues to grow exponentially as complex, inter-connected conflicts last for years without resolution, and protracted natural disasters, compounded by climate change, throw vulnerable people into a state of perpetual crisis.

    Brexit should be good for Africa

    Just a few months after being elected Conservative Party leader, David Cameron flew to Rwanda. It was a high-profile trip so he could see first-hand the development of one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies and launch his party’s review on globalisation and global poverty. On his first day, he visited a textile factory in Kigali, the country’s capital.

    Countdown begins on new climate change agreement

    Over the past two weeks, diplomats from around the world have descended on Lima for the latest round of UN climate change negotiations. The annual conference has been framed as an essential step along the road to the 2015 conference in Paris, where leaders are under increasing pressure to go beyond empty rhetoric and sign […]

    What next for the Sustainable Development Goals?

    In 2015, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which have guided so much of what the development community has done for the past 15 years, will expire and the international community will need to decide on what will replace them. But how can businesses understand and engage with the process? The development community has shown a […]

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