‘Pure distraction’: Keir Starmer dismisses Boris Johnson’s DfID and FCO merger

The Labour leader has dismissed the merger of the Foreign Office and the Department for International Development as ‘pure distraction’ after Boris Johnson announced he would create a ‘new Whitehall super department’ overseen by the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab. The new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is expected to be formed in the autumn, well … Read more ‘Pure distraction’: Keir Starmer dismisses Boris Johnson’s DfID and FCO merger

Africa Needs Food Security – Not Necessarily Food Self-Sufficiency

In Africa, agriculture is big business. The sector accounts for 30-40% of the continent’s GDP, and almost 60% of export earnings. Two thirds of Africa’s population depend on agriculture for their livelihood. But the continent’s potential as a cost-effective food producer – not just for Africa, but the world – has barely been realised. Farmers … Read more Africa Needs Food Security – Not Necessarily Food Self-Sufficiency

Nepal Declared Landmine Free Country from Tuesday 14th June 2011

Nepal has officially been declared a landmine-free country from Tuesday 14th June 2011. The declaration comes five years after the end of a decade long insurgency in Nepal where more than 14,000 people were killed. The last remaining anti-personnel landmines were cleared by the Nepal Army this week. The devices had been planted in Phulchowki, … Read more Nepal Declared Landmine Free Country from Tuesday 14th June 2011

The Campaign to Provide State-Wide Sanitation in Kenya by 2013

When Tom Omulo lost his 3 – year – old daughter from cholera he didn’t know that the cloud of sorrow that engulfed his family was going to be a dawn not only to his family but the entire district of Nyando where he hails from; till he attended a ministry of public health and … Read more The Campaign to Provide State-Wide Sanitation in Kenya by 2013

Minister Opens World Justice Festival

This afternoon, the Minister for International Development, Douglas Alexander MP, opened the Edinburgh World Justice Festival, with a speech at City Chambers. The EWJF aims to tackle the issues surrounding development, global finance and government spending on healthcare with a series of events running until 31st May 2009. Mr Alexander spoke of his work as … Read more Minister Opens World Justice Festival

The PR of Plight: Competing Protests at UK Parliament

On Wednesday 29th April in Parliament Square, around 2000 people congregated to protest over the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka. They held a myriad of placards and chanted loudly as riot vans circled the crowd. Subramanyam Parameswaran, on hunger strike for 25 days now, was prominently featured in the literature being handed out to … Read more The PR of Plight: Competing Protests at UK Parliament