The theme of this year’s World Water Week conference in Sweden is ‘including all.’ I wrote an article for Thomson Reuters Foundation urging delegates to work towards a new approach that goes beyond quick fixes in order to create self-sustaining, resilient systems that continue to function long after the outside aid-tap is turned off.
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22 August 2019 | Danny Sriskandarajah
Throwaway fashion is putting increasing pressure on our planet and the workers who make our clothes. In this podcast I visit Oxfam’s Wastesaver textile recycling plant in Yorkshire where Lorraine Needham-Reid and Holly Bentley show me what happens to clothes donated to Oxfam shops. Policy advisor Kiri Hanks explains how Oxfam is supporting people who are already being hit by climate change, and I take the#SecondHandSeptember pledge to say no to new clothes for 30 days.
I visited Wastesaver, Oxfam’s giant recycling centre in Yorkshire, to find out more about the environmental impact of fast fashion…
How can companies ensure they are doing good, not harm? Can a social purpose be authentically embedded into the business plan, so that profit and power are genuinely shared? These are some of the issues I debated with business leaders at the annual Business Fights Poverty conference in Oxford.
This week Oxfam was the subject of two incredibly difficult and important reports that identify serious failings in how we acted in the past: failings that were unacceptable and showed how far below our values we could fall. Yet these reports also include lessons that provide the path we must follow as we set out … Continue reading “Guardian Comment is free: response to the Charity Commission”
I was invited as a guest to launch a new podcast series called Conduit Conversations. The series is aimed at anyone interested in creating a better future, offering unique insights and practical advice. The presenter Paul and I spoke about how we need to rethink traditional campaigning models and the way that ideas are generated … Continue reading “Podcast: Conduit Conversations”
The theme of TEDxLondon this year was Beyond Borders. I sat down with Conduit Club founder Paul Van Zyl to talk about why, at a time when the world has never had more wealth and knowledge, billions of people are still missing out on healthcare and education, and power is still so unequally shared. Watch … Continue reading “TEDxLondon – In Conversation with Paul Van Zyl”
In April new figures showed that aid spending by governments is falling globally. This makes it more important than ever that the UK is living up to its promise to direct 0.7% of national income to those in need. UK aid saves and transforms lives around the world. Yet this achievement is regularly attacked by … Continue reading “Devex blog – How we can win the argument for overseas aid”
Last week I spoke at the annual conference of National Council for Voluntary Organisations in London, which was celebrating its centenary. At a time when our politics are divided, inequality is rising, trust is plummeting and the planet is burning, the role of charities, activists and civil society in building deeper connections to achieve positive … Continue reading “Keynote speech to NCVO annual conference – Why we need to make this the century of the citizen”
Thirty years ago today, the world wide web was born. At some point this year, half the world will be online. That is remarkable progress. But, we cannot simply assume that technology – or access to it – is a force for social good. Of course, it could be used to make life much better … Continue reading “How inequality was digitalised”