Tag Archives: Africa

RESULTS UK Return from Parliamentary Delegation to Rwanda

The RESULTS UK Parliamentary delegation recently returned from Rwanda after a week long visit to observe the country’s remarkable best practices adopted to combat infectious diseases and the Millenium Development Goals. MPs Cathy Jamieson and Angus MacNeil alongside RESULTS staff Aaron Oxley (Executive Director) and Aparna Barua (ACTION Project Associate) met with health centre staff, patients and civil society organisations across the country to learn and discuss health issues and the impact of tuberculosis (TB) on development.   Continue reading

More parliamentary answers on education in Nigeria

Alison McGovern MP asks a question

Alison McGovern MP asks a question at APPG event

Two weeks ago we reported that several MPs tabled parliamentary questions on the UK government’s support for education in Nigeria in response to a breakfast meeting hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Education for All. Over the last two weeks responses have been coming through, and they paint an interesting and encouraging picture. Continue reading

China: New kid on the development block

In a sign of changing global economic and political influence, with a profound impact on development policy, recent reports show that China has lent more money to developing countries in the last 2 years than the World Bank.  According to research by the Financial Times newspaper, the China Development Bank and China Export – Import Bank made loans of at least $110bn, compared with just over $100bn by the World Bank. Continue reading

Microfinance controversies: should international aid support microfinance?

Recent media coverage of microfinance has focused largely on scandals surrounding the microcredit industry in Andhra Pradesh, India. Outlets from the BBC to the Financial Times to the Sydney Morning Herald have run stories about the implosion of the microfinance industry in Andhra Pradesh, and just today another article has appeared in the Guardian’s Poverty Matters Blog. So what really happened, and is it representative of the microfinance industry as a whole? Continue reading

Nigeria High Commissioner joins MPs to debate education in Nigeria

Speakers at the APPG event

Speakers at the APPG event

On Wednesday RESULTS joined  the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Global Education for All and on Nigeria to bring together education experts from various organisations across the globe to discuss ‘Engaging the Community in Delivering Education for All: The Case of Nigeria’.  Nigeria is the country with the largest number of out of school children in the world – over 8 million at the last count – and faces significant problems in the education sector. The meeting intended to investigate how the UK is supporting education in Nigeria at present, particularly through ensuring that local communities are engaged with schools and how this could be extended and/or improved in the future. Continue reading

RESULTS celebrates the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

For the past few years RESULTS has been running a campaign to ensure that children with disabilities are included in education in the developing world. We’ve been focusing particularly on the work of the UK’s Department for International Development, pushing the government to ensure that the education programmes they run are inclusive.

UN Enable logoToday, 3rd December is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Run by UN Enable, the day is an annual celebration of disabled people designed to create better understanding of people with disabilities and to promote their rights. To mark the day, development organisation Action on Disability and Development has produced a fantastic video talking about the challenges faced by many disabled people in Africa and Asia, which you can watch below.

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Craig David Speaks Out About His Fight Against Tuberculosis

Craig David, UN Goodwill Ambassador against Tuberculosis, appeared yesterday and today on Al Jazeera English in an interview with Riz Khanon on his program, ‘One on One’.

Since becoming a Goodwill Ambassador in March 2010, Craig David has taken part in a number of engagements including a journey to South Africa to learn first hand and meet the people at the front lines – people who have beaten the disease, people who are still fighting it, kids who face the threat of tuberculosis every day, and scientists who have dedicated their lives to making tuberculosis history. In September this year he donated a new and orginal song to the fight against TB. The interview on ‘One on One’ is now part of his growing engagement with the issues surrounding TB. During the half hour interview Craig talked about his life as a musician and how he produces music not only for popular culture, but also as a means to communicate with chidlren in remote areas of Africa.

With an audience of almost 200 million people around the world, the ‘One on One’ show with Craig David is a great way to reach out to millions of people about the very real impact of Tuberculosis on the lives of those affected in sub-Saharan Africa.

You can watch the interview here: