On 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
Posted in Department for International Development, International Institutions, News
Tagged Aid, Andrew Mitchell, bilateral aid review, Burundi, Coalition government, DFID, Education for All, Ethiopia, Financial Services, FTI, Gambia, GAVI, Global Fund, Global Health, MDGs, multilateral aid review, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poverty, RESULTS, UNESCO, UNITAID, Yemen
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
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.
Posted in Department for International Development, Global Health, Grassroots network, News
Tagged Andrew Mitchell, DFID, GAVI, Grassroots, interactive, internet, online advocacy, result, RESULTS, website
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.
Posted in Events, Grassroots network, Microfinance, News
Tagged Community events, Education, Global Poverty Project, Grassroots, live below the line, Microfinance, National Conference, RESULTS
Last 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
Posted in Education for All, Events
Tagged Ambassador Dozie Nwanna OON, APPG Global Education for All, Education for All, Future by Us, Nigeria, Nigeria High Commissioner, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi, Poverty, RESULTS, Teachers
Last night we had our February Focus Call. This call was an introduction to our new website www.results.org.uk and was facilitated by Felix Jakens, Grassroots coordinator and Julia Modern, Campaigns manager at RESULTS UK. To listen to the call again, click here.
Our vision for this new website is to create a space that will allow our grassroots to interact not only with us here in the office but also with each other. Through the group pages and the comment system, you will be able share ideas, successes and tips for effective advocacy. After each monthly action, you will also be able to post your results and share them with our entire network. We strongly encourage you to upload the latest results from your actions as soon as possible!
The call contains practical advice for getting started on the new website and takes listeners through all of the basic tools available for use. Topics covered include creating and editing a new profile, joining a group and inviting your friends to join, downloading monthly action materials and uploading and sharing results.
The call also includes an introduction to the new activist toolkit. This toolkit will provide you with useful technical resources and background information that will assist you to undertake effective advocacy. Try to make the most out of it!
We strongly encourage you to explore our new website and please send your comments and/or suggestions at Mariam.firstname.lastname@example.org
Yesterday the APPG on Global Education for All, a group of parliamentarians working to promote education for all around the world which RESULTS supports by providing a Secretariat, were visited by Carol Bellamy. Carol is Chair of the Board of the Education for All Fast Track Initiative (FTI).
The FTI is a global education partnership between donor and developing countries, which provides roughly $300 million annually in grant funding for national education strategies in low income countries. It is one of the leading international forums helping to achieve education for all, and is based on a ‘compact’ of mutual accountability. Under these agreements developing nations are responsible for taking ownership of crafting national education plans, with budget accountability and a greater commitment of political and financial resources, while donor countries commit to providing the additional technical know-how and funding required. This is designed to ensure that no country that has met its obligations would fail for lack of resources or technical capacity. Continue reading
Posted in Education for All, Events
Tagged Aid, APPG, APPG Global Education for All, Carol Bellamy, Disability, Education for All, EFA, Fast Track Initiative, FTI, Health, Maternal health, RESULTS