RESULTS UK leads parliamentary delegation to Kenya

Last week RESULTS UK led a delegation of UK parliamentarians from the APPG  (All Party Parliamentary Group) Global Education for All to look at education and disability in Kenya.  Mark Williams MP (Chair of the APPG), Lord Colin Low (Vice-Chair of APPG), Chris Heaton-Harris MP (Vice-Chair of the APPG) and newly elected MP Mike Wood made up the very interested and engaged group.  They spent time in the capital Nairobi and in Kisumu, which is next to Lake Victoria in the west of the country.

Kenya has provided free primary school education to all children since 1963, and the enrolment rate had reached 97% by 2011 but, as with many middle and lower income countries, disabled children are disproportionately represented in the remaining 2 million children out of school. Kenyans believe passionately in the importance of education and this shone through in many of the conversations we had. The country has a new inclusive constitution, which came into affect in 2010, and the Kenyans we met with were rightfully proud of its inclusive nature.

We had the bad luck of coinciding with a teachers’ strike, meaning that we weren’t able to visit any public schools where teaching was actually going on.  However, it did mean that we were able to hear more about the politics behind the strike and complications associated with paying special needs teachers (there is a special allowance for special needs teachers teaching in special schools but not for those in mainstream schools which, or course, does not encourage inclusion!).

Children at the JEHACE school in Nairobi

Children at the JEHACE school in Nairobi

The group had the opportunity to meet the British High Commissioner, DFID staff and Kenyan parliamentarians, in addition to disabled children, their parents, teachers and other professionals.  There were some important key messages that the group received during these visits and meetings.

We saw the importance of good teacher training, as highlighted by a joint DFID/USAID/Ministry of Education funded project called TUSOME (meaning ‘let’s Read’).  Pupils and teachers are provided with books and tutors from the Teacher Advisory Centre are provided with tablets to give instructional support to teachers in the classroom.  At Baba Dogo school in Nairobi there is a deaf unit and, as part of a project funded by Deafchild Worldwide, they have a teacher who is a deaf sign language user.  This teacher is able to make the lessons accessible for the deaf pupils and on Fridays parents attend the class in order to learn sign language with their children.

The group was really struck by the difference parents can make when they believe in their children and what they can achieve and are involved in their children’s education.  At a Leonard Cheshire Disability project funded by DFID in Kisumu fathers are particularly encouraged to get involved in supporting their daughters and acting as ‘male mentors’ for other fathers.  This is making a real difference because many disabled children are brought up by single mothers as fathers leave the family when the disability is discovered.

We met disabled children being educated at home, in integrated units and in mainstream classrooms.  One child we met, Abigail, is deafblind and has cerebral palsy. She is supported by Sense International Kenya to be enrolled in her local school but taught at home.  The parents talked about how much both they and Abigail have learnt from her teacher. It was clear that it is very important for a variety of settings to be available to suit the individual needs of children with different and often multiple disabilities.

The stigma surrounding disability came up again and again during the week. We met disabled children and their parents who are overcoming this with mutual support and are also managing to change attitudes in their communities.  However many parents (particularly those whose children have multiple disabilities) are not managing to get employment meaning that they are living in poverty.

Parliamentarians visiting  the Baba Dogo School and meeting deaf children and their teacher

Parliamentarians visiting the Baba Dogo School and meeting deaf children and their teacher

The UK parliamentarians had the opportunity to meet the Kenyan Parliamentary Committee on Education and to share what they had seen and heard from disabled children, parents and teachers across Kenya.  The Committee, despite including members who had been teachers, have not had the opportunity to visit schools and meet people in the way that we did during this delegation so they were very interested to hear what the UK parliamentarians had to say.  Members of the Committee are keen to visit the UK and meet parliamentarians here to talk about these issues further and we are hoping to enable this to happen.

UK parliamentarians meeting the Kenyan Parliamentary Committee on Education

UK parliamentarians meeting the Kenyan Parliamentary Committee on Education

This delegation to Kenya gave the group of parliamentarians from the APPG on Global Education the opportunity to really see what it is like for disabled children in Kenya trying to get an education alongside their peers.  There are some really good examples of innovative work and real inclusion emerging from the isolation and stigma disabled children have experienced for so long.

A Warm Welcome to Callum Northcote, RESULTS UKs new Policy Advocacy Coordinator

Hi everyone, my name is Callum Northcote and I am the new Policy Advocacy Coordinator at RESULTS UK. I am delighted to be joining such a dedicated organisation at such an exciting time with all the attention on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Most recently I was working in the Occupied Palestinian Territories with the Palestinian Farmers’ Union and the Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling. IMG_3768I worked on a range of issues including women’s rights, food security and nutrition. It struck me how policy and advocacy were the primary ways in which these issues could be overcome.

I have also worked for the Scottish Government as part of the policy team who delivered the Commonwealth Games. My role required me to produce a range of briefings and speeches as well as formulate and communicate policy. My other work experience includes coordinating a series of international development conferences for International Service and working on the Right to Education Campaign at Birzeit University in the West Bank. I also spent a year as a teaching assistant in Hampshire.

I have degrees from King’s College London and The University of Edinburgh and spend much of my spare time coaching American football for the King’s College Regents.

It’s been a busy first few weeks getting to grips with everything but it’s evident I have a joined a team who are passionate about their work and motivated to achieve real change.

If you need to contact me I can be reached on

RESULTS welcomes Ben Sadek as the team’s new Parliamentary Advocacy Coordinator

Hi guys. My name is Ben Sadek and this Autumn I joined the RESULTS UK Parliamentary Advocacy Team. My role as coordinator is primarily to support the Parliamentary team. I will be on hand to send out weekly briefings, organise meetings, provide administrative support, and more generally, be available to assist with any tasks that are thrown my way. I am eager to get to grips with RESULTS’ four key issue areas, and I look forward to discovering more about our grassroots campaigns and the work we are doing weekly up and down the country.


Before joining RESULTS, I did a number of short internships and completed a part-time MSc just down the river at King’s College London. First, I worked at Future First, a great education charity that is building state school alumni networks around the UK. After this, I spent seven months working for Annette Brooke MP in her Westminster office. In 2013, I also spent six months working for an NGO in Brazil’s largest favela (shantytown), Rocinha, and recently returned there to carry out field research for my MSc dissertation.

My first week here at RESULTS has coincided with the release of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. It seems like a great time to be here, and I really can’t wait to get started. Feel free to get in touch if I can be of any help (or you like coffee):


Recording Available: Global Webinar with Dr Jeffrey Sachs live from New York

Yesterday, two days after the new goals have been formally adopted, we teamed up with our RESULTS international partner’s for a special webinar with Dr Jeffrey Sachs, live from the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

As many of you will know, Dr Sachs has an extensive career working on global issues, is a leading thinker on the future of our planet and his worked as a special advisor to the UN, amongst many other incredible achievements. He joined our webinar live from the excitement of the United Nations General Assembly to share his thoughts and aspirations for the new global goals as well as answering many of your brilliant questions.

If you missed it, the recording of our webinar is now live. Just follow this link:

Just remember, we can be the first generation to end extreme poverty, the most determined generation in history to end injustice and inequality, and the last generation to be threatened by climate change. Visit now and share the goal that resonates most with you and don’t forget to use the hashtag #TellEveryone

The Global Goals: Your Task is to Tell 7 Billion People, in Just 7 Days.

Yesterday, Friday 25th September, 193 world leaders met in New York to commit to the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Also known as the Global Goals, the SDGs are a set of ambitious and universal targets that define the development priorities for the next fifteen years. The aim of the Global Goals is to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change by 2030.

However, the goals will only be met if world leaders are held accountable for delivering on their promises – and the best chance of that is if everyone on the planet knows about the goals. That’s why Richard Curtis, leading screenwriter, producer and film director, founded Project Everyone. The simple but mighty ambition of Project Everyone is to share the Global Goals with 7 billion people in 7 days, following their announcement at United Nations Summit. Today is day 1 of 7.

The next few days have lots in store; the goals will be plastered all over every website, TV station, cinema, school, radio station, newspaper, magazine, billboard, newsletter, noticeboard, pinboard, milk carton and mobile phone. From Radio Everyone, the worlds largest Lesson, global cinema advertisements and world’s leading brands, by the end of the week (almost) everyone should have heard about the new Global Goals!

However, as brilliant as a team Richards Curtis and Project Everyone are, they cannot make the goals famous without your help. So I urge you now to head to the Global Goals website and share the goal that resonates most with you. Don’t forget to use the #TellEveryone and tag @TheGlobalGoals!


If you have any further questions on Project Everyone or The Global Goals, do not hesitate to contact Emily on

Global Goal 2: Ethiopia makes good progress on Millenium Development Goals

On Friday the new set of ‘Global Goals’ will  be signed at the U.N. General Assembly, and of the 17 goals, Goal two is fundamental for achieving many others. The aim of Goal two will be to “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”.

Caption Community Health Workers in Adda Berga  teach villagers the nutritional value of local crops

Caption Community Health Workers in Adda Berga
teach villagers the nutritional value of local crops

That undernutrition contributes to 45% of all child deaths itself warrants global momentum to tackle it, but poor nutrition also hinders growth and development of children who survive. So as nutrition is improved globally this will drive down the levels of child deaths and also lead to improvements in school achievement, productivity, and economic growth.

Progress on combatting undernutrition has been mixed in the period of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)– 2000 to 2015 – with some countries stagnating and some countries moving ahead. I wanted to visit a country that has shown what can be done.

When RESULTS visited Ethiopia in 2013, with a RESULTS parliamentary delegation, we were impressed with the progress being made confronting tuberculosis, but we hadn’t time to learn what was being done in the struggle against undernutrition. In June this year I was fortunate enough to visit the health system again, this time with Dr Richard Pendame, regional director for the Micronutrient Initiative in Africa,  one of the leading development organisations providing nutrition expertise, micronutrient interventions, and capacity building support for developing countries bearing a high burden of undernutrition around the world.

As we left Addis Ababa early in the morning I explained to Richard my memories of the infamous TV footage of the 1984/85 ‘biblical famine’, which led to the engagement of Bob Geldorf, BandAid, and LiveAid. Eight million people were affected by that famine, and one million died.  “Visitors to Ethiopia expect to see dry parched landscapes”, said Richard, “but much of Ethiopia is highly fertile. That famine was caused more by war and political mismanagement. There is sufficient food in Ethiopia to ensure that sort of famine never happens again”. As we drove through green rolling hills, with large fields and a constant supply of donkeys hauling crops to the roadside, I could see that lack of food is not the main cause of undernutrition now.

Ethiopia has made impressive progress in nutrition.  Between 1992 and 2014, Ethiopia reduced stunting in children from 67% to 40% (GNR 2014, GNR 2015) The achievement in nutrition, couple with other improvements such as rising immunisation rates, has meant child deaths have been halved between 2000 and 2015. Since 1990 the Infant Mortality Rate has fallen from 122 per 1000 in 1990 to around 42 per 1000 today, a major success in the story of the MDGs.

Caption It is estimated that 40% of women of child-bearing age are anaemic

Caption It is estimated that 40% of women of child-bearing age are anaemic

“The nutrition challenge now is more complex” explained Richard, “not lack of food but hidden hunger – the lack of the right food, and the absence of essential vitamins and micro-nutrients”. This became apparent as we visited a health centre in Enchini village, in Adda Berga Woreda (district). Here 37% of children are stunted (too short for their age), significantly high number, given that this will have an irreversible impact on their physical and cognitive development. Most children are deficient in vitamin A, and most women of child-bearing age are either anaemic (mainly due to iron deficiency) and deficient in other essential micronutrients.

Micronutrient Iniatiative (MI) is  helping the health system in Ethiopia to tackle these challenges. Globally MI has provided more than 75% of the vitamin A delivered to developing countries for supplementation programmes since 1997. In Ethiopia, MI is helping train health workers and has helped move vitamin A supplementation from sporadic campaigns in some high-risk areas into a national ongoing regular health care programme. To combat anaemia and high rates of maternal mortality MI is supporting community-based grain banks, encouraging the fortification of oil with Vitamins A & D, and providing technical support to fortify flour with iron, folate, zinc and six other micronutrients. MI is mainly financed by the Canadian government but recently, at the 2nd anniversary of the Nutrition for Growth summit, DFID entered into a partnership with the Canadian government which will be used to facilitate MI’s work in providing technical assistance to countries within the Scaling Up Nutrition movement.

Signboard showing budget from Health Ministry and user-fees. Figures shown are up to date. 2007 is this year in the  Ethiopian calendar.

Signboard showing budget from Health Ministry and user-fees. Figures shown are up to date. 2007 is this year in the Ethiopian calendar.

From our visit to Adda Berga we could see the progress being made on undernutrition. We did come away with some doubts however on the financing approach. A large sign outside the health centre shows the budget contributed by national government and that contributed by user fees. While this is to be applauded in terms of transparency, the heavy reliance on ‘out of pocket’ payments discriminates against the poor. WHO evidence from around the world has shown clearly that user fees prevent the poor from attending for treatment, or they delay visiting a health centre until a sickness or fever has got significantly worse. Research by RESULTS and KANCO  has shown that most African countries could increase their own funding of healthcare from domestic resources. From statements made by senior government figures during the recent ‘Financing for Development’ conference in Addis Ababa it is clear the government would like to move away from this unhealthy reliance on user fees, and increase funding from taxation and other forms of domestic resources.

We came away from the country having seen successes in achieving many of the MDGs, and convinced that it is on track to achieving the next set of Global Goals by 2030. Having seen the progress in Ethiopia we thought this news should be better understood in the UK. RESULTS will be returning to Ethiopia soon with a number of UK parliamentarians, to see nutrition and child health work in greater depth. I am looking forward to learning more about this impressive country.

By Steve Lewis Head of Policy at RUK


Global Goal 13: Climate Action and more support for small farmers

As the new set of Sustainable Development Goals are launched this week in the U.N. it is clear that they will only be achieved if the effects of Climate Change are controlled. It is already too late to halt much of the damage caused by climate change and the need to adapt to the changing climate – to become climate resilient – has become increasingly evident. Many of the successes in global development are at risk as droughts increase, crop yields become more volatile and vulnerable populations are left without food security.

Through our work on undernutrition RESULTS has worked for many years with small farmers groups. Small farmers, often working on marginal land, are most at risk of changing climate. An innovative new approach to family, Climate Risk Insurance, has emerged as a lifeline for millions of poor farmers without access to traditional financing. Insurance against risk for family farms can be an economic driver for developing countries, and RESULTS is determined to ensure that this issue is on the agenda at the U.N. Climate Conference (COP21) in Paris this December. Senior aid officials believe Climate Risk Insurance has the potential to improve the lives of 400 million small farmers in the poorest countries.

The G7 Initiative for Climate Risk Insurance

In March 2015 at the G7 summit in Germany, Minister Müller of the German Development Ministry (BMZ) put forward the ‘G7 Initiative on Climate Risk Insurance. He announced Together with the G7 and our partner countries we want to provide up to an additional 400 million poor people with insurance against the risks of climate change by 2020’. The total amount of money required has yet to be finalised, but Germany begun the process by pledging €150 million towards climate risk insurance, and have called for other G7 nations to contribute.

According to a BMZ report released alongside the launch of the G7 Initiative, if we are to provide coverage for 400 million more people by 2020, a comprehensive approach will be required to extend the initiative to the global scale: ‘Climate risk insurance is a vital instrument within a comprehensive climate risk management system’. What will this system involve and how will it be successful?

Government and Private Sector Investment

The initiative will rely on strong G7 government support, Domestic Resource Mobilisation from developing nations, and large scale private sector investment. According to Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven, director general of global issues at BMZ, “It is do-able. We are not speaking about amounts of money that are out of reach,” Hoven said the German contribution of €150 million was “seed money” to motivate involvement by the private sector. She also said that other G7 nations have indicated they will provide funding. The UK Government has already provided funding for successful regional projects such as the African Risk Capacity (ARC), and now has an opportunity to make a strong contribution to global climate change adaptation by pledging significant funds towards this initiative on at COP21 in December.

Keeping Premiums Low Enough for The Poorest through Parametric-Based Insurance Triggers

Traditional insurance in developing countries has been uneconomic because of the small size of farms, long distances and bad roads. ‘Micro-insurance’ is an approach that aims to work with small farmers in the developing world. It has been limited by many factors such as the lack of good infrastructure, data, claims adjustors, and the inability to process payouts quickly enough to safeguard the client. But now a new innovative approach is being rolled out – parametric based insurance. This approach uses publicly available data, e.g. the level of rainfall over a given time, to trigger payouts. Companies such as Swiss Re have invested heavily in these parametric measures. Nickil Lobo, Senior Vice President at Swiss Re has said “In emerging markets we need to step outside traditional mechanisms for handling co-insurance.” Parametric triggers are a means to spread risk across multiple markets, and thus can become attractive to the private sector

Scaling up Existing Programs

Several regional micro-insurance programs already exist with support from donor countries and public-private investment coalitions such as the Micro-insurance Catastrophe Risk Organisation (MiCRO). For example African Risk Capacity (ARC) is funded in part by the UK government and German loans and run by the African Union, and provides insurance in Niger, Senegal, Mauritania and Kenya. In 2014 ARC paid out $26 million after three West African states suffered low rainfall. ARC has proved that by providing timely payouts (within 4 weeks) to clients in the event of a catastrophe, money spent is worth 4 times more than ad-hoc disaster relief aid which often arrives too little, too late. Simon Young, CEO of ARC has emphasised the need for increased investment in initiatives such as ARC in order to reach vulnerable, uninsured populations: “Most initiatives are limited in how much they can afford to pay and how much capacity they have to distribute a payout – so that’s where we need support from the G7 focus.”


RESULTS UK is now opening a new programme area to research and promote Climate Risk Insurance. We are now building our contacts with allies and partners to collaborate with, and are recruiting a Policy Advocacy Officer to lead this work. Please share this information with any contacts who may be interested.

Child Health: Breaking Down Global Goal 3

With 17 global goals, 169 global targets and 193 global governments signing on, The Global Goals were always going to be a bit complicated and slightly harder to remember than their eight predecessors, the Millennium Development Goals.

All this week, to hopefully make things simpler, we’re going to break down The Global Goals related to RESULTS key issues of child health, nutrition, TB, education and economic opportunities. We’ll give you our top three most important facts about the new goal and how it will impact on the world around us.

First up, child health!


One of the most important goals for child health is Goal 3: Good health & well-being. This goal aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

So why is this goal so important for child health? Here are our top three reasons:

1. We missed Millennium Development Goal (MDGs) 4 on reducing child mortality by three-quarters between 1990-2015. 16,000 children die every day before their fifth birthday, mainly from preventable and treatable diseases. This is still too many. However, it is very important we acknowledge that the MDGs did drive significant progress in reducing under-five deaths. In 1990 12.7 million children died before their fifth birthday every year; in 2015 this reduced by 53% to 5.9 million a year. This shows us progress is possible, but we still have a long way to go to save unnecessary lives being lost.

2. Global Goal 3 has two specific targets which aim to improve child health (although they all will have an impact).Target 3.2 which aims to end preventable deaths of newborns and under-five children by 2030. UNICEF estimates that if we meet new Global Goal 3 on under-five deaths, we can save 38 million children’s lives in the next 15 years. We think that’s a pretty good reason why this goal should be one of the most important!

3. The second target in Global Goal 3,target 3.8, seeks to achieve universal health coverage (UHC), including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health care services, and access to safe, effective, quality, and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all. Both these targets build on the health related goals of the MDGs (of which there were three) but go further in clearly setting out healthcare, including vaccinations which we know save millions of lives each year, should be available for everyone. No-one should be left behind and be stopped from accessing the important healthcare they need, because they can’t afford it, especially children.

We believe in a world where no-one, especially a child, dies from preventable and treatable diseases when we have the medicines and knowledge to stop these unnecessary deaths.

We believe in health for all and that’s why Global Goal 3 is so important.

Available Now: Financing Health For All Webinar Recording

Did you miss our Webinar on Financing Health For All on Tuesday? Fear not, a recording of the webinar is now available here:


We were joined by Steve Lewis, RESULTS Head of Policy Advocacy and Laura Kerr, Policy Advocacy Officer who shared their insights on financing health and the different models available, why it’s such a worthwhile investment and a case study of Kenya with reference to our latest report ‘Who Pays For Progress?.

This was the first in a series of public ‘Health For All’ webinars that are open to all . The next one will take place on Tuesday 15th November 

If you have any questions, please email  Emily at or call the office on 02077933970.

Will You Light the Way to a Better Future?

This world stands on the brink of truly historic change. On the 25th September, presidents and prime ministers from 193 countries will meet in New York for the UN Sustainable Development Summit. Here, the new Global Goals will be adopted that will address three of the most pressing issues of our time – poverty, inequality and climate change.

On Thursday 24th September campaigners around the world, from London to Sydney to Johannesburg, will come together under one sky. This our chance to make the goals famous.  As night falls in London, 2015 people will line up on Millennium Bridge to light the way to a better world. Will you join us?

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Event Details:

When: Thursday 24th September, 6pm-8pm

Where: Millennium Bridge, London

Register:  All attendees MUST register for a free ticket here

If you would like to meet us beforehand, we will be meeting at the RESULTS UK office at 5pm. For more details, please email

If you can not make it to London on Thursday 24th September, why not join the digital action and share a picture of light using the hashtag #LightTheWay.

By sharing photos of light, from candles to a star-lit sky, we will shine a light on the global goals and stand in solidarity with thousands of people across the globe to remind world leaders to #LightTheWay for a better future.

Find out more and see all the wonderful pictures here