Letter: 100 charities warn that plans to merge DFID with FCO risks Britain turning its back on the world

16 December 2019 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , ,

An independent Department for International Development with a seat in Cabinet has been central to Britain’s success in fighting global poverty and has enhanced our standing on the world stage. This is why Oxfam has joined more than 100 charities – specialising in humanitarian aid, education, health, clean water and sanitation – in urging Boris … Continue reading “Letter: 100 charities warn that plans to merge DFID with FCO risks Britain turning its back on the world”

Letter: Let the UK continue to lead the world in global development

5 December 2019 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , , ,

Ahead of the UK General Election, I joined representatives of 48 other organisations to write an open letter to party leaders. We urged them to rise to the ambition of UK and global commitments to eradicate poverty, reduce inequality and tackle the climate emergency, and to show the world what it means to be an … Continue reading “Letter: Let the UK continue to lead the world in global development”

Opinion: If we want water for all, building more taps just isn’t going to wash

25 August 2019 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , ,

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.  

Guardian Comment is free: response to the Charity Commission

14 June 2019 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , ,

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”

Podcast: Conduit Conversations

10 June 2019 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , ,

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”

TEDxLondon – In Conversation with Paul Van Zyl

18 May 2019 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , , , , , ,

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”

Devex blog – How we can win the argument for overseas aid

9 May 2019 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: ,

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”

Keynote speech to NCVO annual conference – Why we need to make this the century of the citizen

10 April 2019 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , ,

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”