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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

DEBATE: REBUILDING A DIFFERENT ECONOMY

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

It was a pleasure to participate in this debate for Thomson Reuters Foundation’s annual Trust Conference, with Professor Ian Goldin, Livia Firth, David Craig and James Irungu Mwangi. We discussed practical ways that we can rebuild not just better, but differently, from this pandemic. It’s clear that if we really want to use this moment … Continue reading “DEBATE: REBUILDING A DIFFERENT ECONOMY”