Development Blog

This year, world leaders are set to renegotiate global commitments on poverty, climate change and development financing. At the same time, the United Nations has commissioned major reviews of UN efforts on humanitarian coordination, peacebuilding and peacekeeping operations. It is… Read more...
Young women who fled violence in their home area to take refuge in a camp for internally displaced people in the Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq Young women who fled violence in their home area to take refuge in a camp for internally displaced people in the Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq
How much does the average high street shopper pay attention to where their clothes come from? If asked, most people wouldn’t think of Laos – but according to a 2012 World Bank report, even though Laos’ production of garments is… Read more...
A member of the Vientiane Youth Centre team (right) talks to a garment worker during a mobile health clinic visit to the factory A member of the Vientiane Youth Centre team (right) talks to a garment worker during a mobile health clinic visit to the factory
When I arrived in Yasubi, a small and industrious village in the Okapa district of the Papua New Guinea highlands, I could see that most of the services we normally take for granted – like electricity, running water, accessible roads… Read more...
A young woman in the PNG Highlands (photographed in 2011) A young woman in the PNG Highlands (photographed in 2011)
Promoting gender equality is a core belief of the Cocoa Life programme. For years we have been working with partners including humanitarian organisations like CARE International to implement programmes that empower women in cocoa communities, writes Cathy Pieters, Global Director… Read more...
The panel discussing ‘Empowering economics: Enabling an environment conducive to the full participation of women’. Cathy Pieters is second from right and Sofia Sprechmann is in the middle. The panel discussing ‘Empowering economics: Enabling an environment conducive to the full participation of women’. Cathy Pieters is second from right and Sofia Sprechmann is in the middle.
Goal 16 in the Sustainable Development Goals is one of the poor relations in the mix. Both more complex and contentious than many of the proposed 17, it seeks to secure peaceful and open societies as a global target, and… Read more...
A woman queuing outside a camp for internally displaced people in South Sudan A woman queuing outside a camp for internally displaced people in South Sudan
Where culture is a major barrier to women accessing health care, engaging men in community-based development is an effective way to increase women’s access to health – and promote women’s empowerment more generally – even in contexts affected by conflict… Read more...
A market-seller in Kabul, Afghanistan A market-seller in Kabul, Afghanistan