With India in the deadly grip of Covid19, efforts to vaccinate the world are needed more than ever. I argued that the best way to do that is to require pharmaceutical companies to share the recipes, tech and know-how so that manufacturing of doses can be rapidly scaled up. I also had the opportunity to … Continue reading “BBC question time”
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”
I spoke to Transform Magazine about my career working for social justice, and why I believe that strong, accountable civic institutions and brave ideas are needed now more than ever to counter COVID-19, inequality and climate change.
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”
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?”
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”
The timing of the Prime Minister’s decision to subsume the Department for International Development into the Foreign Office is distressing, coming in the midst of a global pandemic. But his glib, inflammatory language adds insult to injury, and seems tone deaf to the Black Lives Matter movement calling for us to confront the lingering injustices … Continue reading “THE GUARDIAN OPINION: WHY BORIS WAS WRONG TO SHUT DOWN DFID”
I was interviewed on the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky News about the Prime Minister scrapping the Department for International Development. At a time when half a billion people at risk of being pushed into poverty due to Covid19, this decision puts politics above the needs of the poorest people and will mean more people … Continue reading “TV INTERVIEWS ON DFID AND FOREIGN OFFICE MERGER”