The Guardian: labour would reverse DFID and foreign office merger

21 July 2022 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: ,

I was quoted in The Guardian commenting on the welcome news that Keir Starmer would reverse the merger between DfID and the Foreign Office. There is huge value in having a dedicated seat at the cabinet table and a department with dedicated resources and expertise to help the UK play a positive role in addressing … Continue reading “The Guardian: labour would reverse DFID and foreign office merger”

The Telegraph: UK not meeting its commitments to deliver the sustainable development goals

18 July 2022 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , ,

I was asked to comment on a new report by BOND assessing the UK’s progress on playing its part to deliver the collective UN Global Goals to beat poverty and inequalities. While the UK played an important role in shaping the SDGs, it has spent recent years back-sliding on its commitments to help the poorest. … Continue reading “The Telegraph: UK not meeting its commitments to deliver the sustainable development goals”

Independent: UK must do more to tackle famine risk in East Africa

27 June 2022 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , ,

Oxfam urged G7 leaders meeting in Germany to do more to tackle the growing hunger crisis in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan. I was quoted in The Independent urging the UK government to urgently provide more funding. Deep cuts to the UK aid budget have meant that UK aid to these four African countries … Continue reading “Independent: UK must do more to tackle famine risk in East Africa”

Guardian: worsening humanitarian crisis in Somalia

22 June 2022 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , , ,

Oxfam and other humanitarian agencies are sounding the alarm about a worsening humanitarian crisis in East Africa, driven by prolonged drought and extreme flooding related to climate change, as well as conflict and the pandemic. In some areas, people whose resources have been depleted are dying from hunger. A massive injection of funding for humanitarian … Continue reading “Guardian: worsening humanitarian crisis in Somalia”

Speech: improving pay and conditions in the tea sector

21 June 2022 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , ,

It was a privilege to be invited to give the closing remarks at TEAM UP 2022, the tea sector’s major annual conference. The cost of tea is too low, and most of the profits are concentrated at the retail and brand end of the value chain. This leaves tea workers, who are mostly women, working … Continue reading “Speech: improving pay and conditions in the tea sector”

The Guardian: Oxfam research reveals huge shortfalls in funding needed to tackle climate breakdown

7 June 2022 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , ,

Oxfam’s new research lays bare the huge shortfalls in funding needed to tackle the escalating costs of climate breakdown. I was quoted in The Guardian urging wealthy countries like the UK need to take full responsibility for the harm their emissions are causing, and provide new funding for loss and damage caused by climate change … Continue reading “The Guardian: Oxfam research reveals huge shortfalls in funding needed to tackle climate breakdown”

Telegraph: joint letter on fund for victims of Ukraine war

26 May 2022 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , ,

Following reports of a proposal for the proceeds of Chelsea FC’s sale to go to a charity for the victims of the war in Ukraine and around the world, I supported this joint letter by NGO leaders to the UK government. It urged swift action to ensure the £2.5 billion could be used to help … Continue reading “Telegraph: joint letter on fund for victims of Ukraine war”

GUARDIAN: Food and energy billionaires $453bn richer than two years ago

23 May 2022 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , ,

As the world’s elite returned to Davos for the World Economic Forum, Oxfam’s new report warned that rising inequality could push 263 million more people into extreme poverty this year, reversing decades of progress. While skyrocketing food and energy prices create hardship for millions of people around the world, billionaires in these sectors have seen their … Continue reading “GUARDIAN: Food and energy billionaires $453bn richer than two years ago”

Debate: How to shift power and decolonise the aid system

17 May 2022 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , ,

It was a privilege to be invited to talk to Scotland’s international development community about Oxfam’s experience of trying to shift power, alongside a panel including Lena Bheeroo, Hamimu Masudi and Radhika Govinda. It is great to see the growing interest and energy in replacing top-down structures with fairer models, and to discuss practical ways … Continue reading “Debate: How to shift power and decolonise the aid system”