Tag Archives: Poverty

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

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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

March Conference Call recording now available

On Tuesday we held our March Conference Call entitled: “World TB Day: still neglected, still killing”. March the 24th 2011 marks the 29th anniversary of World TB Day. TB is a preventable and curable disease, yet it kills 1.7 million people every year. While progress has been made towards fighting TB, many challenges remain, the greatest of which is the lack of prioritisation of this global health threat from governments in the developing and developed world. If we do not address the issue now, 20 million people will die from TB in the next decade.

Our guest speaker on the call was Joel Spicer, senior strategist at the Stop TB partnership, a coalition of donors, governments and NGOs working to end TB, which is hosted in the World Health Organisation (WHO). If you were unable to join us on the call, you can now listen to the recording here. Continue reading

RESULTS attends ‘Future by Us’ Summit on education in Nigeria

Future by UsLast week RESULTS staff were privileged to attend a three day summit, entitled “The Future By Us” organised by the Nigerian High Commission on how the Nigerian community both within the country and in the UK can help to get Nigeria’s failing education system back on track. The summit grew out of a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Education for All, convened by RESULTS in December, which looked at the same topic. Excitingly, the Summit is not the end for the process – the conveners envisage creating a community of people involved in the sector who can work together to push for the major changes that are needed. Continue reading

10 million Bangladeshi microfinance clients rise above the poverty line

We’re excited to be able to share the news that according to a report released by the Microcredit Summit Campaign today, nearly 2 million Bangladeshi households involved in microfinance – including nearly 10 million family members – rose above the $1.25 a day threshold between 1990 and 2008.

The survey of more than 4,000 Bangladeshi households, led by Sajjad Zohir of the Dhaka-based Economic Research Group, found that a dramatic number of families moved out of poverty between 1990 and 1997, but that a massive flood in 1998 and the food and fuel crisis of 2008 were the likely cause for millions of families to fall below the $1.25 a day threshold during that later period.  Even with these setbacks, on net nearly 10 million people rose above the poverty line. 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

Guest Blog! Madeline Young on London 1.4 Bn Reasons Screening

For this blog entry we hand the authorship over to a guest, Madeline R. Young. Madeline is member of our London group and a good friend of RESULTS. She works as a Research Consultant at the FRIDE Foundation.

On January 11th, RESULTS UK held a public screening of the “1.4 Billion Reasons” D.V.D made by the Global Poverty Project. I am glad that I came to this event! The audience was a diverse mix of people from many backgrounds: volunteers, development professionals, and community members who came together to learn more about hot to get involved in ending extreme poverty. We watched the video and shared our reactions to it. Most of us felt that it was a very good presentation that gave hope and inspiration in the fight against the extreme poverty that is affecting 1.4 billion people who live on less than £1 per day.

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