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.
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”
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?”
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”
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”
It was a pleasure to host this debate as part of the UN’s SDG Action Zone, a series of events to supercharge action to meet the Global Goals. I spoke with inspirational activists from Nigeria, Kenya and the Philippines about their experiences of inequality and their campaigns for a better future. They described how social … Continue reading “DEBATE: INEQUALITY AND THE GLOBAL GOALS”
I spoke to Charity Times about my career to date and what motivates me, and how the changes I’m leading at Oxfam are part of an ambition to rethink the international NGO model to shift power to the communities we serve. The interview starts on page 18.
Oxfam and the Foreign Policy Centre commissioned a new collection of essays by diverse politicians and experts to consider Britain’s role in the world post-Brexit. They argue that unless the UK’s foreign policy is firmly rooted in internationalist values it risks undermining its potential for global influence, and urge the Government to articulate a powerful vision … Continue reading “‘GLOBAL BRITAIN’ ESSAYS URGE GOVERNMENT TO PUT INTERNATIONALIST VALUES AT HEART OF FOREIGN POLICY”
I went back to my former workplace, the Institute of Public Policy and Research (IPPR), to talk about inequality, tax and redistribution with IPPR Director Carys Roberts and economist Shreya Nanda. IPPR’s new Economic Justice podcast is discussing ways in which the economy could be reformed to deliver better outcomes for all.