Education for all

Stephen Twigg MP  |  7 July 2017

Global education must be at the forefront of the agenda at this weekend’s G20 summit in Hamburg, argues Stephen Twigg MP This weekend the G20 meets in Hamburg to discuss a wide range of global issues. One of the first issues on the agenda of world leaders should be global education, as it is a …

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Justice, not charity

Alison McGovern MP  |  3 November 2014

Labour must aim to abolish international aid —Global policy – whether it is about conflict, trade or economics – occasionally appears to be a discussion at a distance from ordinary British people. In part this is because of the scale of the challenges we face, but also because too often it can seem to be …

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Remembering Rwanda

Stephen Twigg MP  |  7 April 2014

The risk of genocide across the world remains —This month marks the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda. Almost one million people were killed in the space of just 100 days. Kwibuka is the word for ‘remember’ in Kinyarwanda, the language of Rwanda. It describes the annual commemoration of the 1994 genocide. Kwibuka20 is a …

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Rethinking counter-terrorism: small wars

Ayesha Carmouche  |  10 March 2014

Modern terrorism has shown itself to be a borderless and unyielding threat to us all. 9/11 confronted us with this uncomfortable truth, as we witnessed attacks that were planned and orchestrated in safe havens thousands of miles away from intended targets. Over the last decade, we have slowly adjusted to this new reality. We have …

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After Afghanistan

Kirsty McNeill and Andrew Small  |  16 January 2014

2014 is the last year of British military involvement in Afghanistan and the end of a long phase of ‘nation-building’ efforts since 9/11. While David Cameron has unconvincingly declared ‘mission accomplished’, in reality the next Labour government will wrestle with an agonising set of dilemmas about the UK’s future involvement in stabilising failed and failing …

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United Nations

Leadership in South Sudan’s hour of need

William Bain  |  14 January 2014

Today parliament debated the worsening humanitarian situation in the world’s newest and one of its poorest states – South Sudan. Political instability, and internal conflict within the governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, has spiralled into the fracturing of the country’s armed forces, battles in seven of the 10 states of South Sudan, and the killing …

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Fighting to keep HIV and AIDS on the global agenda

Pamela Nash  |  17 October 2013

HIV and AIDS has been the major health threat of the last few decades, affecting around 75 million people since the start of the epidemic and continuing to affect around 35.3 million people today. For the most part the global response has been a success story. Eight million people in low- and middle-income countries are …

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Brits abroad: star donor or charity mugger?

Steve Cockburn  |  17 October 2013

A few months after the coalition agreement, I abandoned ship to go and live somewhere with economic growth and the confidence to welcome foreigners. Living now in Senegal, and working across west Africa, I’ve been made to rethink from a different perspective about what matters in development – and often it has little to do …

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Mutual respect and the Scotland-Malawi Partnership

Jack McConnell  |  17 October 2013

The next two years will see a really important debate about the global partnership for sustainable development after 2015. There are many calls for this or that area of policy to be important, but personally I hope peacebuilding and freedom from violent conflict are given a new priority. It is time to forge a stronger …

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Reducing poverty and tackling violence in DRC

Jean-Roger Kaseki  |  17 October 2013

As we mark today the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, it is worth reminding the world community about its utmost responsibilities to protect impoverished people from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The DRC has been plagued by instability for decades. This vast country of 71 million suffers from endemic poverty as a consequence …

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