Opinion: shifting power and amplifying local action

8 December 2020 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , , ,

In recent years a welcome debate has come to the fore about the role of large aid and development NGOs. I wrote this piece for Open Democracy in response to a thoughtful open letter from 200 organisations based primarily in the Global South, which challenged international NGOs to change their approach to be better partners … Continue reading “Opinion: shifting power and amplifying local action”

Speech: progressive internationalism and the UN

7 December 2020 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , , , ,

As an internationalist to my core, it was an honour to be asked to give the keynote speech to the United Nations Association UK’s annual conference. In the face of global challenges from the climate crisis to Covid-19, the need for meaningful global cooperation and progressive internationalism has never been greater. Afterwards, I spoke to … Continue reading “Speech: progressive internationalism and the UN”

Debate: how can the world best help refugees?

1 December 2020 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , , ,

I was delighted to take part in The Imperial War Museum’s Refugee Nights festival celebrating refugee stories. I joined academics Maya Goodfellow and Alexander Betts and CNN international correspondent Clarissa Ward to discuss how the world can help refugees. For me, there are three core elements: providing practical help such as clean water and shelter, … Continue reading “Debate: how can the world best help refugees?”


12 November 2020 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , , ,

I was invited to share some reflections on the future of aid for The New Humanitarian’s series on where next for the sector. For me, shifting power has to be at the heart of our efforts if we want to see genuine transformation, supporting communities to drive sustainable change themselves. And movements like Black Lives … Continue reading “OPINION: DECOLONISING AID”


11 November 2020 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , ,

It was a pleasure to participate in this debate for Thomson Reuters Foundation’s annual Trust Conference, with Professor Ian Goldin, Livia Firth, David Craig and James Irungu Mwangi. We discussed practical ways that we can rebuild not just better, but differently, from this pandemic. It’s clear that if we really want to use this moment … Continue reading “DEBATE: REBUILDING A DIFFERENT ECONOMY”


10 November 2020 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , ,

In the wake of the US election, I wrote an article for Prospect Magazine about some of the foreign policy questions the government faces. As we grapple with uncertainties of Covid and Brexit, we are long overdue a compelling vision of what Global Britain stands for. The government should not further delay its Integrated Review … Continue reading “OPINION: THE CASE FOR A VALUES-BASED FOREIGN POLICY”


23 October 2020 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: ,

My article for the United Nations Association as part of a series on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. I wrote about how poverty and a dynamic civil society are critical to the effectiveness of aid and our ability to achieve the Global Goals. Once the politics and debates over foreign policy objectives are stripped … Continue reading “OPINION: UNLOCKING AID’S POTENTIAL”


21 October 2020 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , , , ,

It was great to kick off this important series about Rethinking Humanitarianism in conversation with Heba Aly, director of The New Humanitarian, and Jeremy Konyndyk, senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development. We discussed how the fallout of COVID-19 and movements like Black Lives Matter have sharpened the focus on inequality and power … Continue reading “PODCAST: THE NEW HUMANITARIAN”


23 September 2020 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , ,

It was a pleasure to host this debate as part of the UN’s SDG Action Zone, a series of events to supercharge action to meet the Global Goals. I spoke with inspirational activists from Nigeria, Kenya and the Philippines about their experiences of inequality and their campaigns for a better future. They described how social … Continue reading “DEBATE: INEQUALITY AND THE GLOBAL GOALS”