aid

  • Migrant crisis: time for Europe to change tactics

    Europe’s migrant crisis was defined the biggest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. The number of arrivals on Europe’s shores is kept up-to-date daily and European leaders’ statements resound on television, while on the screens flow images of migrants’ faces...
  • Aid: the new frontier in the fight for justice

    For decades the West’s policy in fighting global poverty has been exemplified by Bob Geldof’s immortal words: “give us the money”. Millions of people heard this call from gigs around the world, organised to raise funds for an ongoing Ethiopian famine which had impregnated and planted itself in the...
  • Does aid for trade really work?

    Over the past two decades, the international community has increasingly considered economic growth as the magic bullet for poverty reduction. As part of this movement, Aid for Trade emerged in 2005 as the first global initiative to support developing countries to overcome the structural and capacity-based barriers preventing them...
  • Poverty, Inc.: The Business of Global Aid

    “The reason there will be no change is because the people who stand to lose from change have all the power. And the people who stand to gain from change have none of the power.” –Machiavelli Poverty, Inc. opens with this Machiavelli quote, a reference to the modern global...
  • The Guilty Volunteer

    'Voluntouring' is not just ineffective, but can in fact be very harmful for the very people it is meant to help....
  • Aid: The Formula of Economic Disaster

    Aid, this assistance to achieve development has been idolised for many years, and was seen as the ultimate tool that can help Africa to end the economic struggle. Many economists and aid agencies have identified Africa as the region in most need of Aid because the high poverty rate,...
  • Does the Developed World have Asperger’s Syndrome?

    We are our culture and tradition; if there is no culture or tradition we are no one. (Tamerian Kuzgov) I’m not a scholar. I’m not religious. I have no senior position or status. I grew in a relatively poor working class district of the north of England – some...
  • humanitarian workers

    We Are not Immune

    What are the consequences of the increase of the deaths of journalists and humanitarian workers in unstable environments to international aid and policies? We are not immune. With World Humanitarian day happening just two days ago, the recent kidnapping of two Italian girls in Syria and the very sad...
  • Knock Knock. Who’s There? WE’RE HERE

    The recently published MSF Report “ Where is Everyone” has caused a lot of (distorted) opinion in the media and in development. We should focus on the fact that MSF is saying what most people inside the humanitarian system knew, but didn’t want to hear out loud, and finally...