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We Have Moved!

We are so pleased to announce that our new website is up and running, and our blog has moved with it too. On the new website you are able to create your own user account and follow along with our actions, activities, and successes, and be part of the thriving RESULTS community. This blog will soon be closed down and automatically redirect you, but for now you have to go visit by clicking below.

You will find us at results.org.uk, and our blog is now at blog.results.org.uk.

Please update all your bookmarks, and looking forward to seeing you on our new website!

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UK government reviews aid programmes – what do we think?

Andrew Mitchell MPOn Tuesday Andrew Mitchell MP, Secretary of State for International Development announced the results of his Department’s multilateral and bilateral aid reviews. An overview of the results is available here. The reviews were established shortly after the Coalition Government was formed to look at all areas of the Department’s work and make recommendations for changes to make it more effective. The results are the most comprehensive overview we have yet seen of the Government’s approach to international development and therefore the announcement is an important milestone.

Overall RESULTS strongly welcomes the reviews. It is crucial that UK support for developing countries is focused on truly achieving results for poor people and supporting their own efforts to escape poverty. The top-line results that the Department has committed to delivering through both multilateral and bilateral channels over the next four years to 2015 are:

  • Secure schooling for 11 million children
  • Help vaccinate more children against preventable diseases than there are people in the whole of England
  • Provide access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation to more people than there are in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Save the lives of 50,000 women in pregnancy and childbirth
  • Stop 250,000 newborn babies dying needlessly
  • Support 13 countries to hold freer and fairer elections
  • Help 10 million more women get access to modern family planning
  • Provide 50 million people with the means to help work their way out of poverty [by providing them with access to financial services]
  • Stop 10 million more children going hungry
  • Help halve malaria deaths in 10 of the worst affected countries
  • Help millions of poor people protect their livelihoods from the impact of climate change.

Below we discuss the two reviews in more detail, and while we are broadly supportive of their contents we raise a few questions on specific decisions, as well as pointing out the need for further information on funding decisions and the specifics of country-level programmes. Continue reading

UNESCO reports world is off-track to reach education for all

Global Monitoring Report coverThe 2011 UNESCO Global Monitoring Report (GMR) was released on Tuesday. The report, which is released annually, details progress toward achieving the Education for All (EFA) Goals. The good news from this year’s report is that the number of out-of-school children in 2008 reduced to 67 million, from 72 million the year before. However, the reduction is slowing and there may be more children out of school by 2015 than there are today if more is not done.

In addition, each year’s report addresses a focus theme, which in 2011 is education and conflict in fragile states. The report, called “The Hidden Crisis: Armed Conflict in Education”, points out that the provision of universal education is seriously hampered by armed conflict, war and civil unrest.  With half of all out-of-school kids living in conflict affected or fragile countries, this issue needs to be addressed and taken seriously. Continue reading

Your chance to have your say on RESULTS at National Conference 2011

We are pleased to announce a new session has been added to the skills day –Sunday 10th April- at our National Conference. The session is going to be an optional extra session that has the working title of ‘Your RESULTS- talking shop for activists’. We are planning on running the session as a meeting, chaired by RESULTS staff, which will be an open forum for RESULTS activists to raise and discuss issues that are important to you in terms of your engagement with RESULTS.

You can sign up to take part in the conference by downloading the booking form here and sending it in to the office. The conference runs from 9-10th April with an optional practical advocacy day on Monday the 11th, and costs just £15  Continue reading

Results posted on new website

As we have mentioned on this blog recently, our new website is now live. You can find it at www.results.org.uk. We’re really pleased with it and we hope that it will create an interactive environment to connect with each other and with us in the office. One of the most exciting functions of the new site is the ability all members have to share the results of their actions with one another.

To post a result, visit the ‘latest action’ section on the homepage and select ‘submit your results’. You can then add a title and a description. You can then attach files to the action, such as a scanned copy of a letter you receive or an article you get published.

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Speakers announced for RESULTS National Conference

Plans for this year’s RESULTS National Conference, taking place over the weekend of 9-11th April, continue apace. After the updates we have given over the last few weeks are pleased to announce some of our guest speakers, and that we have released the booking forms.

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RESULTS UK Welcomes New Education Campaign Intern

Chelsea at workWe’re pleased to be able to welcome our new Education Campaign Intern, Chelsea Smith, who will be working with RESULTS UK for the next three months.  Chelsea will be supporting Julia Modern on the work of the RESULTS UK All Party Parliamentary Group for Education.  In particular, she will  support members of parliament to take action towards education for all, through identifying key speakers and monitoring developments within the field of education.

Chelsea has recently graduated from The University of Oxford with an MSc degree in International and Comparative Education.   Her areas of study include human rights and education, aid and development in education, comparative national education systems and policies, the role of international organisations and global educational issues and trends.   Prior to joining us, Chelsea worked at the European Centre for Modern Languages through the Council of Europe in the area of European modern foreign language policy and practice.

Chelsea is passionate about educational development and encouraging others to become actively involved in using education as a platform to end global poverty.  Please join us in welcoming Chelsea to RESULTS!  If you would like to get in touch with Chelsea you can do so by emailing her here.