Nick Clegg addresses the Liberal Democrat Conference, Photo by Alex Folkes/Fishnik Photography
Last week the UK Government announced a new project to help up to a million girls in the world’s poorest countries to go to school. The announcement was made by the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, at the Liberal Democrat Conference. £355m has been set aside for the project in the Department for International Development’s (DfID) aid budget between now and 2015, in addition to money already allocated for education.
This is great news because educating women and young girls is so important in developing countries. Education for girls can radically improve their prospects for employment, increasing potential income by as much as 10 to 20 per cent for every extra year of primary school. This improves not only their own lives, but those of their families and their communities. Moreover, education dramatically improves the health of young women and their children, preventing maternal deaths and infant mortality, as well as raising the age of marriage and lowering fertility rates. Girls who have been through school are three times less likely to contract HIV. By focusing on getting access to school for girls, DfID can help towards greater equality for women in developing countries, at the same time as working towards education for all and the wider contribution this makes to economic, social and political development. Continue reading
Posted in Department for International Development, Education for All
Tagged Africa, Andrew Mitchell, Asia, DFID, Education, Girls Education Challenge, Girls' education, Global Campaign for Education, Nick Clegg, Teachers, Women
On Monday, 20 September, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the Summit’s first session with an appeal to Member States to provide the necessary investment, aid and political will to meet the goals. He called the gathering “the most significant global development conference” since the UN Millennium Summit laid out the MDGs 10 years ago.
The Summit, held in New York was attended by some 140 heads of State and government who pledged in a final outcome document, “We are convinced that the Millennium Development Goals can be achieved, including in the poorest countries, with renewed commitment, effective implementation and intensified collective action by all Member States and other relevant stakeholders”. The 31-page document document touched on virtually every aspect of global issues beyond the headings of each of the eight MDGs, from human rights to corruption to climate change, focused particularly on actions, policies and strategies to support those developing countries that are lagging most behind and those goals that are most off track, thus improving the lives of the poorest people. Continue reading
The MDG Review Summit which has just concluded in New York was a landmark opportunity for the world to accelerate progress towards the eight Millennium Development Goals. Here we focus on what the summit delivered for MDG 6 which aims to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Continue reading
Today two members of the Oxford RESULTS group joined Radio Oxford presenter Joel Hammer to discuss the upcoming Millennium Development Goal review summit and the work of the Oxford group.
Activist Dan Price spoke about how working with RESULTS empowers people and encouraged listeners: “Don’t feel disillusioned, you can make a difference.” He also movingly explained that his motivation for spending his free time working on this issue are the individuals in the developing world – the children who have to choose between earning a living and going to school or the person turned away from healthcare because they can’t afford it. Continue reading
Posted in Grassroots Network
Tagged Activism, Advocacy, BBC Oxford, Campaigning, Education for All, Global Health, Grassroots, MDG Review Summit, MDGs, Millennium Development Goals, Nick Clegg, Oxford, Radio
On Tuesday night we held our September conference call. You can now listen to a recording of the call on our website.
On this call, we had three speakers – TB activist Winstone Zulu from Zambia who talked about his personal story of TB and HIV/AIDS and the achievement of MDG 6 on fighting HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases; Louise Holly, RESULTS Deputy Director, who discussed the MDG review summit coming up in New York this month; and Julia Modern our Campaigns Officer who spoke about progress towards MDG 2 on Universal Primary Education in Kenya. Continue reading
Posted in Development Finance, Monthly Actions
Tagged Andrew Mitchell, Campaigning, David Cameron, DFID, Education for All, Global Fund, Global Health, Grassroots, Health, HIV, MDG Review Summit, MDGs, Media, New York, Nick Clegg, RESULTS, TB, Tuberculosis, Winstone Zulu, Zambia
For our September action (see more here) we are generating media coverage about the MDG Review Summit and why we need the UK government to go to the summit ready to make additional financial commitments to ensure the MDGs are achieved by 2015.
This briefing gives you more background information about the summit and why it is important that we take action this month to ensure it is as successful as possible. Continue reading
The September action pack is now available on the RESULTS website. Our monthly conference call, which will address the Millennium Development Goals and the upcoming UN MDG Summit, will be held on Tuesday 7th September at 8pm. For details of how to join the call, please contact the RESULTS office.
Our guest speaker will be Winstone Zulu, who is a health advocate from Zambia. Winstone is HIV positive and a TB survivor. Although he was treated for and survived TB, he has seen four of his brothers die from the disease because they could not access treatment. Winstone is an outstanding speaker so we’re really excited about having him on the call. Continue reading
Posted in Development Finance, Monthly Actions
Tagged Conference call, Education, Health, HIV, MDG Summit, MDGs, Media, Monthly Actions, Nick Clegg, TB, UN, Winstone Zulu
As the World Cup ended on Sunday, leaders from across Africa gathered along with donor countries for a 1GOAL Education Summit to promote progress towards getting all children in Africa completing primary school. As people around the world start to come down from the high of the World Cup, the 1GOAL campaign hopes to focus this moment to ensure that education is the legacy of South Africa’s triumphant hosting of the first World Cup in Africa. So far, over 14 million people have signed up to 1GOAL – you can join the call for education for all by filling in the form on the RESULTS homepage at www.results-uk.org Continue reading
Posted in Education for All, News
Tagged 1Goal, 1GOAL Education Summit, Aaron Mokoena, Africa, Andrew Mitchell, Education for All, MP, Nick Clegg, RESULTS, Send my Friend, South Africa, William Hague, World Cup
In an open letter to party leaders in advance of the general election debate on international issues on Sky TV News tomorrow night, representatives of international charities including RESULTS along with the leadership of the UK’s three largest teaching unions urged Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg to publicly commit to keeping the UK’s promises on aid to education.
Yesterday was designated as ‘World Poverty Day’ by the major parties competing to be elected on the 6th May. The leaders of the three biggest parties all concentrated on their plans for international development during the day, with Gordon Brown, leader of the Labour Party making a speech to a church congregation and releasing an open letter to the leaders of charities emphasising his personal commitment and the Labour party’s ‘ambitious agenda’ for 2010; David Cameron, leader of the Conservative Party visiting Islamic Relief’s distribution depot in Birmingham and writing about development in the Independent on Sunday; and Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats giving a speech on international development to the congregation of Christ Church, New Malden. Continue reading
Posted in Development Finance, News
Tagged Advocacy, Aid, Andrew Mitchell, Conservative Party, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Labour Party, Liberal Democrat Party, Nick Clegg, SNP, UK general election 2010, World Poverty Day