Speaking out against cuts to universal credit

6 October 2021 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , ,

Together with allies, I criticised the Government’s decision to remove the £20 a week uplift in Universal Credit, despite warnings from across the political spectrum that it will cause immense hardship to families who are already barely keeping their heads above water. Many people who rely on Universal Credit are carers, both unpaid and paid, … Continue reading “Speaking out against cuts to universal credit”

Debate: what’s at stake at COP26 for people in poverty?

29 September 2021 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , ,

Oxfam convened a panel of brilliant experts to discuss what to expect from COP26, how business and political leaders are stepping up, and what action and financial support is needed to ensure that vulnerable communities can survive and thrive in a changing climate. Leading climate scientist Professor Saleemul Huq described what rich nations could learn … Continue reading “Debate: what’s at stake at COP26 for people in poverty?”

Debate: humanitarian reform, a people driven system

23 September 2021 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , ,

It was a pleasure to join donors and UN agencies for this important discussion about reforming the humanitarian system in order to put affected communities front and centre. The panel discussed recommendations put forward by The Centre for Global Development, from shifting funding models to governance structures. I described some of the changes underway at … Continue reading “Debate: humanitarian reform, a people driven system”

Speech: Results UK national conference

11 September 2021 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , ,

It was a pleasure to be invited to address the Results UK national conference of activists and campaigners. I made some opening remarks about the interconnectedness of the Sustainable Development Goals, and why we must work to end poverty and injustice in a holistic way, alongside other keynote speakers including alongside Professor Jeffrey Sachs and … Continue reading “Speech: Results UK national conference”

Opinion: carbon removal plans are dangerous distraction from cutting emissions

5 August 2021 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , ,

I wrote an article for Open Democracy calling for political and business leaders to be relentlessly interrogated about their plans to cut carbon emissions in the next year, by 2025 and by 2030. If we are to save our planet and prevent millions of people from being pushed deeper into hunger and poverty, it is … Continue reading “Opinion: carbon removal plans are dangerous distraction from cutting emissions”

Interview: Carbon removal plans are dangerous distraction from cutting emissions

3 August 2021 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , ,

With just 90 days to go before the UK hosts important climate talks in Glasgow, Oxfam published a new report, Tightening the Net, which warned that an over-reliance on planting trees to offset carbon could lead to rising food prices and hunger. I spoke to the BBC, Times Radio and Sky News about the need … Continue reading “Interview: Carbon removal plans are dangerous distraction from cutting emissions”

Opinion: Why Oxfam is talking about race

28 July 2021 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , ,

Following some criticism of Oxfam’s work on anti-racism, I wrote this article for the blog site From Poverty To Power, explaining why Oxfam is talking about race, and why tackling racism is an integral part of our work fighting poverty. Read more

Debate: Progressive philanthropy that shifts power to communities

15 July 2021 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , ,

I enjoyed being part of this panel discussion organised by the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Strategic Philanthropy. It explored alternative funding models to traditional grants that can lead to more transformative outcomes, that truly shift power and money to communities pushing for their own change. There are some exciting examples out there, from the … Continue reading “Debate: Progressive philanthropy that shifts power to communities”

Debate: How can UK aid protect nature and tackle climate change?

13 July 2021 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , ,

Taking place on the day parliament voted against reinstating the aid budget to 0.7% of GNI until certain conditions can be met, this was a timely debate with Harriet Baldwin MP, Neil Bird of ODI, and Patrick Hall of Bright Blue. I argued that as Britain explores its role in the world post Brexit, there’s … Continue reading “Debate: How can UK aid protect nature and tackle climate change?”

Interview: Aid cuts are a disaster for the world’s poorest people

| Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , ,

It was deeply disappointing that parliament missed the opportunity to restore the pledge to give 0.7% of GNI as overseas aid to fight poverty. I spoke to media including Sky News, BBC, The Times and Independent about the devastating impact of the cuts on thousands of people already struggling to survive in some of the … Continue reading “Interview: Aid cuts are a disaster for the world’s poorest people”