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Dr. Robin Niblett is the Director of Chatham House. Follow Robin on Twitter. It was a lengthy and complete speech when it came. David Cameron sought to encapsulate for continental Europeans Britain's psychology (or neurosis) about Europe as well as his principles for a reformed EU which, if met, would serve British interests and be deserving of continued UK membership. But he has also opened a period of unprecedented uncertainty about Britain's future relationship with the European Union. The negative…
Rebecka Rosenquist is a Policy and Advocacy Manager for Interact Worldwide, a member of Action for Global Health. Action for Global Health (AfGH) is a broad European network of NGOs advocating for Europe to play a more proactive role in enabling developing countries to meet the Right to health for all and the Health Millennium Development Goals. The UK Parliament’s International Development Committee (IDC) has today published a report on the debate about the development framework to follow the Millennium…
Benoît Gomis is a researcher at the International Security Research Department of Chatham House. Follow Benoît on Twitter: @benoitgomis The drugs problem is complex. There is no magic solution, but it is clear that the current status quo requires a serious rethink based on ‘the best evidence we can generate’, as highlighted by the final report of the UK Drug Policy Commission, A Fresh Approach to Drugs. This translates to a more robust impact assessment as to what works and…
Friday, 21 December 2012 15:05

The Immigration Temptation

Garvan Walshe was National and International Security Policy Adviser to the Conservative Party until 2008. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Political Philosophy at the University of Manchester. Choose the form of your temptation. Imagine it as money: piles of votes neatly stacked like bank notes in a billionaire's vault; as something made by Nigella Lawson, an unconscionably enormous pyramid of meringues covered in glistening chocolate sauce; or be more traditional, and conjure up the apple Eve was persuaded…
Rhian Beynon is Head of Policy and Campaigns at Family Action. Follow Rhian on Twitter: @familyaction The Chancellor may not have mentioned it in his autumn statement, but a shining light amidst austerity is the Government’s commitment to the Troubled Families Programme. Family Action is a charity providing early intervention services to disadvantaged families and children throughout England. At any one time we work intensively in the home with up to 2,000 families who would be of interest to local…
Friday, 07 December 2012 22:04

SOLD?

Katy Wright is Oxfam's UK Advocacy and Parliamentary Officer. Follow Katy on Twitter: @katywright A new film from the excellent Why Poverty series focusing on 'The great land rush' is a fascinating look at the range of perspectives, interests, hopes and fears, power relations and money that accompany a large-scale land acquisition in the developing world – in this case an enormous sugar plantation in Mali’s most arable region. The picture is complex because the issue of land rights and…
Dr. Alvaro Bermejo is Executive Director of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. Despite economically challenging times, and urgent humanitarian crises, research has shown that the British people continue to think it is important to maintain spending on HIV programmes. The understandable tendency right now would be to focus entirely on domestic concerns and deep-freeze our humanitarian impulses until a stronger economy permits us to think big again. But if we do that, we may miss out on one of the greatest…
Graham Whitham is UK Poverty Policy Advisor for Save the Children. He leads on their work on family incomes, including work on welfare reform, work incentives and child poverty measurement. Follow Graham on Twitter: @GrahamWhitham Save the Children’s work has shown that children are all too aware, despite the best efforts of parents, of poverty and the impact it has on their families. Our September report, It Shouldn’t Happen Here, shows that too often the burden of getting by on…
Friday, 16 November 2012 21:42

Children in school, ready to learn?

Jan Tallis is the Chief Executive of School-Home Support. Follow Jan on Twitter: @jantallis Education is the ticket to improved life chances and principal route out of intergenerational poverty. Yet there is a substantial body of oft-cited evidence that children from poor households are unlikely to fulfil their potential at school. Regular absence from school is a key driver in this tragic cycle preventing a fair start for all children. Once a child reaches ‘legal 5’ (the educational jargon for…
Friday, 09 November 2012 16:05

The Fastest Billion and $29 Trillion

Charles Robertson is Global Chief Economist and Head of Macro-strategy of Renaissance Capital. He is the lead author of The Fastest Billion: The Story Behind Africa’s Economic Revolution, published in October 2012. Follow Charles on Twitter: @rencapman Listen to Bright Blue blog editor Jonathan Algar in conversation with Charles & Razia Khan at the Royal Institute of International Affairs:
 
The most sophisticated cement production plant in the world is a two hour drive from Lagos, the booming commercial capital…

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