A global strategy for health

Ben Simms  |  1 December 2014

Today is World Aids Day, an opportunity to remember the 1.5 million people who died of Aids in 2013, and the 39 million who have died in the last 30 years. World Aids Day is also an opportunity to remind ourselves of one of Labour’s proudest moments in government. Ten years ago, as Labour was …

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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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The power of development

Jim Murphy MP  |  8 April 2014

The Department for International Development holds a special place in the heart of the Labour party. After all, we set it up, we made it a world leader, and we brought about real change – not least through the 2005 Gleneagles Agreement to drop the debt and take steps to make poverty history. We are …

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The struggle for women’s rights in Afghanistan

Fiona O'Donnell MP  |  7 March 2014

Saturday 8 March 2014 marks International Women’s Day and women, and some men, will want to mark it in some way. In Westminster MPs took part in debates highlighting the different conditions that women live and work under in different parts of the globe: a debate in Westminster Hall focused on women in business while …

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Development dilemmas

Kirsty McNeill and Andrew Small  |  20 February 2014

Over Labour’s 13 years in office, Britain’s reputation on international development was transformed. Instead of cutting aid, as our predecessors had done, we tripled it. Instead of subsidising British firms with it, we passed landmark legislation to make it illegal to spend aid on anything other than poverty reduction. Instead of subsuming it into the …

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How to exit the climate change ‘national security crisis’

Melanie Smallman  |  19 February 2014

Last weekend, in the midst of the worst flooding the UK has seen in 60 years, Ed Miliband described the UK as ‘sleepwalking into a national security crisis on climate change’. He argued that as a result of political divisions in Westminster over whether or not to believe the scientific evidence for man-made climate change …

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Five measures for the coalition on development

Alison McGovern MP  |  7 February 2014

Speaking at the London Stock Exchange last week, international development secretary Justine Greening talked of the ‘radical journey’ she wanted to take her department and the broader development agenda on. As we expect from a Tory cabinet minister’s speech, it was peppered with clunking references to the ‘global race’ (as if economic development was just …

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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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