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”

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?”

OPINION: DECOLONISING AID

12 November 2020 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , , ,

I was invited to share some reflections on the future of aid for The New Humanitarian’s series on where next for the sector. For me, shifting power has to be at the heart of our efforts if we want to see genuine transformation, supporting communities to drive sustainable change themselves. And movements like Black Lives … Continue reading “OPINION: DECOLONISING AID”

OPINION: UNLOCKING AID’S POTENTIAL

23 October 2020 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: ,

My article for the United Nations Association as part of a series on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. I wrote about how poverty and a dynamic civil society are critical to the effectiveness of aid and our ability to achieve the Global Goals. Once the politics and debates over foreign policy objectives are stripped … Continue reading “OPINION: UNLOCKING AID’S POTENTIAL”

PODCAST: THE NEW HUMANITARIAN

21 October 2020 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , , , ,

It was great to kick off this important series about Rethinking Humanitarianism in conversation with Heba Aly, director of The New Humanitarian, and Jeremy Konyndyk, senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development. We discussed how the fallout of COVID-19 and movements like Black Lives Matter have sharpened the focus on inequality and power … Continue reading “PODCAST: THE NEW HUMANITARIAN”

INTERVIEWS: OXFAM REPORT WARNS HUNGER MAY KILL MORE PEOPLE THAN COVID19

9 July 2020 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: , , , ,

New Oxfam research estimates that as many as 12,000 people this year could die each day of hunger because of the economic fallout of the pandemic. Disruptions to food production, unemployment, a drop in remittances are all factors pushing people to the brink of starvation. I spoke to Sky and the BBC World Service about … Continue reading “INTERVIEWS: OXFAM REPORT WARNS HUNGER MAY KILL MORE PEOPLE THAN COVID19”

PANELLIST: OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE EVENT ON FUTURE OF UK AID

7 July 2020 | Danny Sriskandarajah | Tags: ,

Following the government’s announcement it will merge the Department for International Development into the Foreign Office, I joined ODI chief executive Sara Pantuliano, Kenyan High Commissioner HE Manoah Esipisu, Elissa Golberg from Canada’s Global Affairs, and Birgitta Tazelaar from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to debate the implications for the UK’s contribution to international … Continue reading “PANELLIST: OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE EVENT ON FUTURE OF UK AID”