Diary (Development)

Development

Development is a term for the attempts to improve the quality of life for people, particularly in societies where basic human rights are unfulfilled for many.
To speak of development, is in effect to show as much concern for social progress as for economic growth. It is not sufficient to increase overall wealth for it be distributed equitably. It is not sufficient to promote technology to render the world a more human place in which to live. ... Economics and technology have no meaning except from the human person whom they should serve. And people are only truly human in as far as, masters of their own acts and judges of their worth, they are authors of their own advancement, in keeping with the nature given to them by their Creator.
          Populorum Progressio, n34

2019

Image: In Whose Interest?  The UK’s role in privatising education around the world
17/04/2019
In Whose Interest? The UK’s role in privatising education around the world

Global Justice Now have produced this report looking at what the privatisation of education means for children and young people around the world.  The findings conclude that the privatisation of education at home and abroad will not support the realisation  of SDG4.

Image: Science In An Age Of Change
13/03/2019
Science In An Age Of Change

An afternoon exploring cutting-edge issues in science in our fast-changing world. Leading academics will provide input on climate change and our response to it, and on the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence. The afternoon will conclude with a chance to consider the implications of these for all of us - no matter what faith or philosophy we may live by.  

Image: Launch of A Better World: Ireland’s new Policy for International Development
05/03/2019
Launch of A Better World: Ireland’s new Policy for International Development
A Better World is a whole of government policy. It provides the framework for Ireland’s expanding development cooperation programme, in line with the Government’s commitment to reaching the UN target of allocating 0.7% of our GNI to official development assistance by 2030. It outlines Ireland’s vision of a more equal, peaceful and sustainable world. It charts a clear way forward to achieve this vision, shaping and protecting our stability, our prosperity, our shared interests and our common future.
 
Image: Global Land Grab Gathers Pace
05/03/2019
Global Land Grab Gathers Pace

Launching the organisation’s 2019 Lenten Appeal, Trócaire CEO Caoimhe de Barra warned that the corporate race for natural resources has put millions of people around the world at risk of exploitation and abuse.

2018

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01/06/2018
End of Childhood Report

More than half the world's children are at risk of poverty, conflict and discrimination against girls, according to a report by Save the Children.

The charity's second End of Childhood index says more than 1.2 billion children face these threats, with 153 million facing all three.

While the global situation has improved compared with last year, the charity says progress is not fast enough.

The report comes ahead of International Children's Day on 1 June.

Read the Report

Image: Cardinal Nichols addresses UN on human trafficking
25/05/2018
Cardinal Nichols addresses UN on human trafficking

Trust is a key component in fighting human trafficking, Cardinal Vincent Nichols told delegates at a United Nations conference this week. The Cardinal was addressing diplomats, law enforcement officials and charities involved in the support of survivors of human trafficking as president and chair of the Santa Marta Group.

Read the full story

2017

Image: 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals
05/05/2017
2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals

Just released by the World Bank, a visual mapping of progress towards the 17 Sustainable Development goals which include: ending poverty, good health, access to education, sustainable cities. Each section highlights progress and challenges.

Access the Visual Map

It takes a wee while to load, so be patient.
 

Image: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Populorum Progressio
04/04/2017
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Populorum Progressio

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, celebrated Mass at the Altar of the Chair in St Peter's Basilica for the 50th anniversary of the encyclical 'Populorum Progressio' 

Text of sermon

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31/03/2017
President Trump's Executive Order on climate and energy

The NCR reports that Catholic organisations have objected to President Trump's latest executive order which will roll back environmental protections and impact the policy on climate change. Details here. 

 

Image: Is this Progress? : Populorum Progressio 50 years on
18/02/2017
Is this Progress? : Populorum Progressio 50 years on
A conference to mark the 50th Anniversary of the publication of the papal encyclical Populorum Progressio.

 

Renfield St Stephens Centre.
Saturday, 18th March, 2017.  9 AM - 4:30 PM

 

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18/02/2017
Conference on Populorum Progressio
18th March, 2017. Renfield St Stephen's Centre

 

The programme for the day begins with a morning input by Fr Donal Dorr MD. Fr Donal is a priest of St Patrick’s Missionary Society, and well-known author and presenter. His book Option for the Poor and for the Earth is recognised a classic in its field. Later in the morning, there will be an opportunity for discussion with Fr Donal. 

The afternoon will see Duncan Maclaren KCSC, discuss Integral Human Development and the contribution we in Scotland can make. It also gives us a forum for consideration of the import of the Dicastery for IHD which Pope Francis has created and which came into operation on 1st January this year.

This conference is free and open to all.

Tickets from Eventbrite

2016

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09/12/2016
Global Justice Now: Take Action
New Aid Bill

The government is putting a bill through parliament which might divert part of the aid budget to private business investments.


Known as the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) Bill, it would allow International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, to give aid money to a company called the CDC Group.

Further details here.
 

Image: Please sign Traidcraft's Justice Matters petition
03/08/2016
Please sign Traidcraft's Justice Matters petition
Dumping toxic waste in the Thames? If we really did this, we’d be prosecuted and rightly so. But some irresponsible British companies are doing things like this in developing countries and getting away with it.
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08/06/2016
Defend aid spending - contact your MP
Progressio email action
We all know that UK Aid achieves incredible and inspiring things, and Progressio has witnessed this first-hand. They have been working on projects for years that, through UK Aid, have changed lives and enabled people all over the world claim their rights and overcome the structural barriers that trap them in poverty.

2015

Image: One World Week 2015. 18th - 25th October
07/10/2015
One World Week 2015. 18th - 25th October
Hope In Action - Inspiring a culture of hope
One World Week is a Development Education Charity. Each year, "The Week" is an opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to come together to learn about global justice, to spread that learning and to use it to take action for justice locally and globally.
Image: Nepal: Drop the Debt
26/06/2015
Nepal: Drop the Debt
Nepal was hit by a second massive earthquake, just two weeks after more than 8,000 people were killed and an estimated 8 million were affected by a devastating earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale. As with other disasters, the British public have responded with extraordinary generosity, pledging £50 million to the Disasters Emergency Committee so far. Yet today Nepal is making a $3.5 million debt payment to the IMF, and a total of $210 million of debt payments are due this year.

2014

Image: This is One world Week
19/09/2014
This is One world Week
One World Week "Living Differently" Breaking Chains - Making Change
Image: Post-2015 development agenda centre stage at UN General Assembly
09/09/2014
Post-2015 development agenda centre stage at UN General Assembly
The United Nations General Assembly opened its 69th annual session on 16 September with the body's new President declaring that it would be a historic opportunity to formulate a post-2015 development agenda that is transformative, brings tangible results in fighting poverty, and leads to improving lives of all people. (Ekklesia)
Image: Ask your MP Support the International Development Bill
10/08/2014
Ask your MP Support the International Development Bill
Forty years ago the UK Government committed to investing 0.7% of our national income in aid. Four years ago all three major UK political parties said they would enshrine that commitment in law. On Friday 12th September, that promise could be fulfilled with the second reading of the International Development Bill. The Bill, proposed by Michael Moore MP, is the last opportunity for this government to keep its promise to the UK electorate and to the world's poorest people. The rules in parliament are complicated, but if 100 supportive MPs turn up, there is a good chance of turning this long-held pledge into law.
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07/07/2014
Email your new MEPs
Make sure they hear your calls for tough action on supermarkets. Email today. (Traidcraft Action)
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23/06/2014
Early Day Motion 133: US Supreme Court Ruling In Favour Of Vulture Funds
Please ask your MP to sign this EDM
That this House notes with concern the US Supreme Court's rejection of an appeal by Argentina against a ruling that it must repay in full creditors who purchased Argentinian debt at a discount on the secondary market, with the intention of extorting full payment; disagrees with the Court's decision to prioritise the greed of vulture funds over the Argentinian people's sovereignty and the country's ability to repay its legitimate creditors; observes that this case sets a worrying precedent and creates a disincentive for creditors to negotiate rather than demanding full payment;
Image: Fairtrade Foundation response to SOAS report:
28/05/2014
Fairtrade Foundation response to SOAS report:
‘Fairtrade, Employment and Poverty Reduction (FTEPR) in Ethiopia and Uganda’
The Fairtrade Foundation welcomes the underlying research for this report, which included interviews with 1,700 workers in areas where both Fairtrade and non-Fairtrade smallholders and plantations were operating across the tea, coffee and flower sectors in Ethiopia and Uganda. We will study it with a view to improving our work in those two countries. Fairtrade has always recognised that agricultural labourers are extremely poor, and we agree that more needs to be done to help them.
Image: Women and children benefit from the Fairtrade Premium investments
24/05/2014
Women and children benefit from the Fairtrade Premium investments
Research undertaken in Asia, Africa and Latin America by National Resources Institute (NRI) found that “women and children had particularly benefited from the Fairtrade Premium investments..." Voluntary sustainability standards have proliferated in recent years and grown in market sales, but evidence on their poverty impact has been lacking. The purpose of this study is to “systematically examine the impact of voluntary social and environmental standards on poverty and livelihoods, particularly for the most disadvantaged workers and producers in developing countries”.
Image: Stop Vulture Funds around the world!
11/04/2014
Stop Vulture Funds around the world!
Contact your MP
Britain has made a bold stand by banning vulture funds – the insidious hedge funds who buy up bad debt and drag developing countries through the courts until they pay it back. But now we need to go further by trying to get other countries to do the same! There is currently an Early Day Motion (no 666) in Parliament calling for this to happen, so we need as many MPs as possible to sign. Can you write to your MP asking them to sign the motion? You'll find all of the information you will need on the Jubilee Scotland website.
Image: Message from the Fairtrade Foundation - Please write to your MP
11/04/2014
Message from the Fairtrade Foundation - Please write to your MP
We all know that the brutal and futile retail battles are unsustainable for everyone: consumers at home and farmers and workers in developing countries. If our retailers can’t or won’t act it is up to the government to take action. We are deeply disappointed that Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, is trying to pass the buck. In his response to our campaign, he says he supports Fairtrade’s work and believes that businesses must take a long-term view in the interests of suppliers and consumers. However, he believes the market is working for consumers who get cheap bananas and makes no suggestions as to how UK regulators will uphold the rights of banana farmers.
Image: Take action for fairer supermarkets
07/04/2014
Take action for fairer supermarkets
Traidcraft campaign
One man in Brussels is on the verge of a decision which could stop bullying by Europe’s biggest supermarkets. In these next critical weeks will you help to keep the pressure up?  Whether you’ve already taken action on this issue or not please add your voice now. Call on the Commissioner to announce tough European action on supermarkets. Email Commissioner Barnier today.
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14/03/2014
Trade Justice Movement Action - email your MEP candidates
The European Parliament elections are looming (22nd May).  Join TJM members and campaigners to call on their MEP candidates to Take Back the Power and sign their pledge.  With trade deals in the pipeline with some of the world’s poorest countries, as well as with the US, and companies using investment rules to challenge government policy making, this a key time to  to demonstrate our opposition to trade deals which are giving more and more power to big business. It is also an opportunity to promote alternative trade policies which work for people and the environment.
Image: This is Fairtrade Fortnight
22/02/2014
This is Fairtrade Fortnight
Find out what is happening at the Fairtrade Foundation and the Scottish Fairtrade Forum
Image: Email  Justine Greening - Secretary of State for International Development
17/02/2014
Email Justine Greening - Secretary of State for International Development
Justine must hear Unbreakable women's voices

Against some of the worst odds in the world, women in ‘fragile states’ like Somaliland, Zimbabwe and Yemen are organising to improve women’s lives by tackling the political, economic and social structures that keep them poor and marginalised. And they’re making powerful progress. Call on the UK government to support demands for a bigger role in political, environmental and social decision-making for women living in fragile states." (Progressio)

Image: Robin Hood Tax: The Gagging Law is an attack on campaigning organisations and must be stopped:
06/01/2014
Robin Hood Tax: The Gagging Law is an attack on campaigning organisations and must be stopped:

The Robin Hood Tax campaign is facing a tough opponent – not just from the usual source of the financial sector and their allies, but from legislation currently going through our House of Lords. The lobbying bill is due to go to its crucial report stage next week. The Robin Hood Tax campaign cannot support it for a number of reasons, and we urge peers of all political colours not to rush the bill through just to get it passed in time for the 2015 election. Those peers who have expressed support for Robin Hood previously should bear in mind that this legislation is not helpful to our cause.

Resources


Image: In Whose Interest?  The UK’s role in privatising education around the world

Global Justice Now have produced this report looking at what the privatisation of education means for children and young people around the world.  The findings conclude that the privatisation of education at home and abroad will not support the realisation  of SDG4.



Image: Global Land Grab Gathers Pace

Launching the organisation’s 2019 Lenten Appeal, Trócaire CEO Caoimhe de Barra warned that the corporate race for natural resources has put millions of people around the world at risk of exploitation and abuse.



Image: Launch of A Better World: Ireland’s new Policy for International Development
A Better World is a whole of government policy. It provides the framework for Ireland’s expanding development cooperation programme, in line with the Government’s commitment to reaching the UN target of allocating 0.7% of our GNI to official development assistance by 2030. It outlines Ireland’s vision of a more equal, peaceful and sustainable world. It charts a clear way forward to achieve this vision, shaping and protecting our stability, our prosperity, our shared interests and our common future.
 




Image: State of the World's Mothers 2012
World's worst 10 countries to be a mother? DR Congo,  South Sudan, Sudan, Chad, Eritrea, Mali, Guinea-Bissau , Yemen, Afghanistan, Niger. Save the Children's 13th annual Mothers' Index analyzes health, education and economic conditions for women and children in 165 countries.
Their focus is on the 171 million children globally who do not have the opportunity to reach their full potential due to the physical and mental effects of poor nutrition in the earliest months of life.
This report shows which countries are doing the best - and which are doing the worst - at providing nutrition during the critical window of development that starts during a mother's pregnancy and goes through her child's second birthday. It looks at six key nutrition solutions, including breastfeeding, that have the greatest potential to save lives, and shows that these solutions are affordable, even in the world's poorest countries.




Pope Benedict XVI's Address to Politicians and Civic Leaders, at Westminster Hall, London on 17th September 2010, during his visit to the UK.



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With valuable context and criticism by eg Anne Pettifor, Susan George and others.