27th Oct 2011
On 31 October 2011, global population will pass the 7 billion mark - more than double the number of people who were alive 50 years ago. Most of this growth is taking place in the world’s poorest countries. This will add to the pressures that their governments face to provide basic services like health and education for their people.
The lack of choice women and girls have over family planning is a major cause of poverty and contributes to rapid population growth. For the millions of girls who are still children themselves, pregnancy means giving up school and the chance…
26th Jul 2011
In July 2010, the world’s worst flood left 14 million people in Pakistan needing emergency help. Many families lost everything after fleeing the disaster. Thousands of schools were destroyed and huge areas of farm land were wiped out.
One year on, millions of survivors are back on their feet with the help of UK aid. British support quickly provided people with the lifesaving help they needed – such as shelter, water, food and medical care.
Beyond the immediate crisis, UK aid helped thousands of families to start again. Building new homes that can stand up to floods, repairing damaged schools…
27th Jun 2011
Today, the UK Government is spearheading a global effort to vaccinate a quarter of a billion children by 2015. The drive is set to save the lives of four million children across the developing world.
Together with the GAVI Alliance health partnership, the government is co-hosting a vaccine summit this Monday 13 June 2011, calling on international partners to join the UK and donate to its cause.
Access free-to-use case studies, photos and video below. Plus follow the latest news through the day and watch the press conference live at 1.30pm (UK time): http://www.dfid.gov.uk/GAVI2011
1st Mar 2011
A major shake up of Britain’s aid programme will provide 50 million people with the means to help work their way out of poverty and transform the lives of millions more.
Today, the Government announced the key outcomes of two aid reviews and set out the results that UK aid will deliver for the world’s poorest people over the next four years.
The reviews look at where we work and who we will work with to make sure Britain’s aid budget delivers the most impact for every pound spent. Read the reviews and find out more at: www.dfid.gov.uk/aidreviews
26th Jan 2011
The worst flood ever recorded left 14 million people in Pakistan needing emergency help. Many families lost everything after fleeing the disaster and the humanitarian challenge continues as people rejoin their communities.
Six months on, millions of survivors have been able to return home and rebuild their lives. UKaid is helping to bring clean drinking water, medical care, school facilities and the tools they need to get back on their feet.
Hear first hand from the survivors on the progress made so far, and the challenges they still face. Plus access free-to-use case studies, photos and videos in our new…
21st Dec 2010
A catastrophic earthquake in Haiti. Overwhelming floods in Pakistan. A step forward from conflict in Sri Lanka. A food crisis in east Africa. A World Cup in South Africa. The chance to tackle climate change. Twenty-four hours celebrating AIDS prevention. And a moment to seize progress on the Millennium Development Goals.
A lot has happened in twelve months. Take a look back at the humanitarian headlines of 2010, and access free-to-use photos and features in our review of the year: www.dfid.gov.uk/review2010
8th Dec 2010
The impact of climate change is already being felt in forest communities across Nepal. Land is lost as glaciers melt, flash floods hit and landslides increase. Crops are destroyed due to erratic rainfall, drought and forest fires.
But people are finding ways to adapt their way of life. With the help of UKaid, community groups are saving their forests: replanting trees and using alternatives to firewood. They are starting to make money from the forest without doing it harm, providing a better future for them and the environment.
As the UN conference in Cancun enters its final few days, hear…
1st Dec 2010
Nearly 1,200 children become infected with HIV every day. In Zimbabwe, helping the next generation to be free of HIV is crucial to stopping its spread.
More than 90% of HIV infections in children happen when the virus is passed from a mother to her baby during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding. But the majority of these child HIV infections are preventable.
This World AIDS Day, see how the UK Government is supporting the Elizabeth Glaser Paediatric AIDS Foundation to help Zimbabwe’s mums protect their babies from the virus.
29th Nov 2010
Farming communities in Mozambique used to rely on the rains coming regularly each year. Now there is no pattern to the weather. Erratic droughts and heavy rains cause crops to fail, leaving people with nothing.
The Department for International Development is working with Save the Children to help families in the Zambezi Valley to adapt their livelihoods. With the help of this UKaid, the community is taking on a wide range of activities – from bread baking to goat rearing – that provide a secure income.
As the UN conference in Cancun begins, hear first hand how farmers in Mozambique’s…
23rd Nov 2010
Hundreds of children are fleeing abject poverty in Zimbabwe every month and crossing the border into South Africa. The vulnerable child migrants make the dangerous journey in the hope of a better life. Numbers are increasing as the World Cup lures more youngsters by its glamour and the opportunities it affords.
UKaid from the Department for International Development helps to ensure there is food, shelter and the chance to go to school for these children on the move as soon as they arrive in South Africa.
The Department for International Development (DFID) is the part of the UK government that manages Britain’s aid to poor countries and works to get rid of extreme poverty. www.dfid.gov.uk