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International Aid Update

Monday, November 26, 2012

Every few months my website will carry news items concerned with International Aid compiled by my staff. I hope you find the items useful and interesting.

How I became an international aid worker

Ever wondered how to become an international aid worker? Well it seems it’s a question the British Red Cross gets asked a lot. So much so that the charity has set-up a new blog, where they’ll be interviewing their international delegates about how they started working in the field.


To read the British Red Cross blog visit:



UK aid

In spring 2012, staff members from the Department for International Development (DFID) in Tanzania, Malawi, Pakistan, Ghana, Bangladesh and Ethiopia filmed their visits to local projects which are supported by the UK. A short video is now available on You Tube, which shows how British aid is changing the lives of some of the world’s poorest people.


The video is available at:



Millennium Development Goals

The Millennium Declaration in 2000 was a milestone in international cooperation. It inspired development efforts that have improved the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world. World leaders also set out a series of Millennium Development Goals, with a deadline of 2015, and committed to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty.


During the United Nations General Assembly in New York this September, the UK and USA governments hosted an event about the Millennium Development Goals. More information on this event and progress towards the Millennium Development Goals is available at:



Family planning summit

Earlier this year the UK government and the Gates Foundation launched a global effort to cut in half the number of women in the developing world who want access to family planning but cannot get it. It costs just 6 a year to provide a woman with the contraceptives that could save her life and enable her to raise healthier children. Yet over 200 million women who want to avoid pregnancy are unable to do so. For many of these women, the inability to plan whether and when they become pregnant not only denies them the opportunities we enjoy in the UK all too often it costs them their lives.


To find out more about the Family Planning Summit visit:



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& the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), an independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues, also contains useful information and opinions on current issues: http://www.odi.org.uk/



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