Interview: CNN – why we need a people’s vaccine

8 February 2021 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , ,

I spoke to CNN’S Zain Asher about the impact of the new Covid variant on developing economies and the deeply unfair ‘vaccine apartheid’ we are seeing, where rich countries have secured around three times their population’s worth of vaccines, while in poorer countries only 1 in 10 people may be vaccinated by the end of … Continue reading “Interview: CNN – why we need a people’s vaccine”

Interview: BBC – wealth taxation could help tackle inequality and fund Covid recovery

25 January 2021 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , ,

I spoke to the BBC about Oxfam’s new research, which found that Covid-19 could increase economic inequality in almost every country at once, the first time this has happened since records began over a century ago. Billions of people are struggling amid the worst job crisis in over 90 years, while the fortunes of the … Continue reading “Interview: BBC – wealth taxation could help tackle inequality and fund Covid recovery”

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?”

OPINION: DECOLONISING AID

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”

DEBATE: REBUILDING A DIFFERENT ECONOMY

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”

OPINION: THE CASE FOR A VALUES-BASED FOREIGN POLICY

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”

OPINION: UNLOCKING AID’S POTENTIAL

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”