BBC: aid cuts unlawful as well as immoral

22 March 2021 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , ,

The UK Government’s decision to cut overseas aid was clearly immoral, now it appears to have been unlawful as well. This legal opinion by the former Director of Public Prosecution Lord Macdonald offers the UK Government the chance to think again, do the right thing and keep our promises to provide medicines, food and shelter … Continue reading “BBC: aid cuts unlawful as well as immoral”

Interviews: cuts to Yemen aid will cost lives

7 March 2021 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , , ,

I spoke to Sky, ITV News and other broadcasters about the devastating consequences of the UK government’s decision to halve direct aid spending to Yemen, a country where two thirds of the population are reliant on food aid to survive. Yemen desperately needs a ramping up not a reduction in aid. The UK Government’s decision … Continue reading “Interviews: cuts to Yemen aid will cost lives”

BBC: letter to prime minister warning against Yemen aid cuts

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

I joined colleagues from more than 100 UK charities to write to Boris Johnson urging him not to halve aid spending in Yemen. Slashing aid to Yemen – a country on the brink of famine – is a betrayal of Britain’s claim to global leadership and of British values. Aid cuts are a false economy … Continue reading “BBC: letter to prime minister warning against Yemen aid cuts”

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?”