13.09.21

Understanding dramatic change in the UK’s International Development NGO sector

By Nicola Banks, Senior Lecturer, Global Development Institute and Dan Brockington, Professor, The University of Sheffield    The last 18 months have been some of the most challenging ever for the UK charitable sector, especially those working in international development. As the dust from 2018’s catastrophic safeguarding scandals began to settle, the Covid-19 pandemic hit globally. As […]

26.10.20

Home as a site for civil society and global development

by Dr. Sarah Peck, University of Northumbria   Photo by author (2020). Artwork by Jo Peel.  The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown new light on our working spaces, and the role, suitability and function of the home as space of work. This focus on the home as a workspace emphasises some of the racialised, gendered and […]

06.02.19

What’s in a name? The decline of ‘overseas development / famine relief’ charities in the UK

What do changing patterns in charities’ declared purpose and geography of activity tell us about the health of charities working on international development?

28.11.18

Sex crimes, evangelism and the collective guilt of American intervention in Africa

Mathew Lane Durham’s sexual abuse of orphans in Kenya exposes a deeper disfunction with American voluntourism and Christian outreach in Africa.

21.11.18

A short history of helping far-off peoples

Humanitarian appeals that obscure the complex political causes of disasters do undermine the agency and individuality of their victims, and diminish the responsibility of governments to meet the needs of their citizens.

12.08.18

The evidence suggests that support for UK development NGOs is actually growing

Duncan Green, strategic adviser for Oxfam GB, discusses