Opinion: New instincts for a new era

10 July 2021 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , ,

I was invited to reflect on leadership for this edition of Rhodes Scholar magazine. I shared some thoughts on what leadership could look like for this new era, in order to rise to the challenge of responding adequately to the climate crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic. For me, this comes down to four broad areas: … Continue reading “Opinion: New instincts for a new era”

DEBATE: GLOBAL SOLIDARITY DURING COVID-19

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

I joined this panel at the International Institute for Social Studies annual conference, discussing how well the world had stepped up during the pandemic, and the prospects for the future. I argued that it had brought out the best and worst in human behaviour. At the community level, an inspiring rise in mutual aid groups. … Continue reading “DEBATE: GLOBAL SOLIDARITY DURING COVID-19”

Debate: The way forward for development

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

I was invited to address the United Nations Development Programme as part of its Development Dialogues, to reflect on how the UN and the aid system can adapt in order to be fit for purpose in today’s world. I made the case for an aid system that doesn’t treat people as beneficiaries of largesse, but … Continue reading “Debate: The way forward for development”

Debate: From anger to action

2 June 2021 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , , ,

It was a pleasure to join Harriet Lamb and Ben Jackson to discuss how civil society is responding to the four big, inter-related issues of our day: conflict, the climate emergency, inequalities and refugees. We discussed what lessons can be learned from past campaigns and what needs to happen now to harness public concern and … Continue reading “Debate: From anger to action”

Debate: How the G7 can boost efforts to vaccinate the world

26 May 2021 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , ,

Oxfam and the People’s Vaccine Alliance brought together leading experts – Rt. Hon. Helen Clark, Dr Rowan Williams, Dr Dan Poulter MP, Fatima Hassan from South Africa’s Health Justice Initiative and Richard Burge from the London Chamber of Commerce – to discuss what more the UK and other governments can be doing to vaccinate the … Continue reading “Debate: How the G7 can boost efforts to vaccinate the world”

Speech: Humanitarianism for the new era

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

I was invited to give the opening keynote speech at the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership’s annual conference, organised by Australia’s Deakin University. I reflected on how the development sector has evolved over past decades and how by integrating key values – keeping people safe, accountability, and innovation – into humanitarian work going forward, we can … Continue reading “Speech: Humanitarianism for the new era”

Opinion: Misconduct allegations don’t mean we’re not taking action

26 April 2021 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , ,

Much of the public discussion about misconduct or abuse assumes that if incidents occur it must mean action is not being taken. Yet, the opposite is true. I wrote this article for The New Humanitarian explaining why, for international NGOs like Oxfam that operate in some of the most challenging environments on Earth, further safeguarding … Continue reading “Opinion: Misconduct allegations don’t mean we’re not taking action”

Debate: People power and climate action

22 April 2021 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: ,

To mark the UK premiere of a new documentary about climate activists, A Race To Save The World, I spoke to Vaughan Jones about how civil society can push for change, demand better and hold leaders to account. Read more

Summit: Time for all workers to be paid a living wage

30 March 2021 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , ,

It was great to be asked to address this business summit organised by IDH, discussing how to shift to an economy where all workers – including those who are further down the supply chain – are paid at least a living wage. Oxfam has seen how Covid-19 has exposed glaring inequalities within our current system, … Continue reading “Summit: Time for all workers to be paid a living wage”