Browse by Theme: Women's Voice

This week, a major international donor conference took place in Brussels to plan the rebuilding of Ebola hit countries. Having just recently returned from Sierra Leone and Liberia, I was hoping to see a gender transformative approach informing donor commitment – because I had seen for myself how the impact of the crisis is affecting women and girls.

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The global negotiations to agree a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to eradicate global poverty by 2030 will come to a conclusion this September. Many supporters of women’s economic empowerment have backed a petition urging governments to ensure women’s access to financial services is included, so what are the chances?

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Eight months coordinating an All Party Parliamentary Group has given me a unique opportunity to see democracy in action. According to Ken Livingstone I should be concerned, but I’ve been left feeling both encouraged and energised.

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Ten years ago on Boxing Day, the Indian Ocean tsunamis crashed into the shorelines of 14 countries, killing more than 228,000 people and making almost two million more people homeless and bereaved. The scale of the disaster and the speed with which entire towns and communities were swept away was something the modern world had never seen before. This was to change the way we prepare for and respond to crises forever.

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For some of the world’s frontier markets, such as in Myanmar (formerly Burma), the risks of accelerated growth are that many of the country’s poorest get left behind. But as CARE’s experience creating ‘frontier healthcare’ in partnership with GSK shows, businesses that target social benefits above and beyond their immediate commercial interests are not just making a social investment – it’s good for future business, too.

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Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) are a key way to provide access to financial services for people living in areas which financial institutions typically ignore and where the cycle of poverty prevails. They do exactly what their name suggests: provide a way for a group of individuals in any community to save their money and to access loans. But the benefits don’t stop there: later on, VSLAs also serve as an onramp to formal financial services.

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Today’s London Conference on Afghanistan arrives at a critical juncture for Afghanistan. With violent conflict increasing in many parts of the country and aid fatigue creating cuts in food rations for one million Afghans, it is a vital moment to remind the world not to abandon Afghanistan.

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