Launch of the Coalition - Leaders Call for Britain to Remain a Force for Good in the World

This evening military, political, business and faith leaders issued a united call for Britain to remain a force for good in the world. As the UK’s role in the world is being redefined, leading figures have come together to make the case that Britain is at its best when it acts as a global leader in development, as well as in defence and diplomacy.

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Coalition hosts Girls Education Event with Foreign Secretary for CHOGM 2018

We were proud this week to host a reception in Parliament with the Foreign Minister Boris Johnson MP and Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop MP.

The event, co-hosted with Global Citizen and titled 'Girls in Emergencies' brought together leaders in the aid sector, Parliamentarians and education activists to discuss how the UK and the Commonwealth are empowering girls in times of crisis.

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Read Our Essay in Bright Blue's Magazine on Britain as a force for good

There are plenty of people who argue that aid is a waste of money. Secretary James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis – current US Secretary of Defence, and former Commander of the US Joint Forces – isn’t one of them. In 2013, Mattis said if the US cut its diplomacy and development budgets “then I need to buy more ammunition”.

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How to make a reality of ‘Global Britain’: The role of development and diplomacy

In early April the Coalition for Global Prosperity and the British Foreign Policy Group brought together analysts, civil servants and development agencies to consider practical answers to this challenge. In particular we were interested to understand views on how the UK’s development agenda should relate to the government’s Global Britain policy and how to encourage the development and diplomacy sectors to work better together.

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Coalition for Global Prosperity invited to speak on soft power and UK Aid at FCO conference at Wilton Park

At their recent conference, the Foreign and Commonwealth office brought together a select group of leading foreign office officials and partners and a range of future leaders to debate the key global issues facing Britain today. The Coalition for Global Prosperity’s Chief Executive Theo Clarke was invited to the weekend to speak on the crucial role that UK Aid plays in promoting Britain’s soft power.

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Progress For Women Is Progress For All – Let’s Give Girls A Voice

International Women’s Day was not only about celebrating progress but about pushing for more and that’s why I’m #StillMarching and backing Helen Pankhurst’s call for a decade of suffrage. Gender equality is like an elastic band, you can stretch it but if you don’t stretch it far enough it reverts back to its usual position. This is why we need to keep making the case and why the Global Goals are so important as they give the world a much-needed global agenda.

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Joint Event with the APPG to End FGM on the International Day of Zero Tolerance

On Tuesday 6th February the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) to End Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), which is co-chaired by Zac Goldsmith MP and Jess Phillips MP, hosted a joint event with the Coalition for Global Prosperity to mark the Day of Zero Tolerance for the abusive practice.  The evening brought together leading voices from across government, grassroots campaigns and healthcare to discuss how the UK Aid can continue to change attitudes and support women who have been affected by FGM.

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Brexit Britain Will be at its Best When it Leads – in Aid, Trade and Diplomacy | Theo Clarke

Regardless of how you voted in the EU Referendum, most people will agree Brexit is an historic moment which is forcing the UK to redefine our country’s role in the world. We now have the opportunity to reconsider what sort of nation we would like to be – and we should use this opportunity to forge an even more positive, global future for ourselves.

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View From Bidi Bidi Refugee Camp: Why Britain is Right to Invest in Development | Theo Clarke

Let me take you to northern Uganda on the border with South Sudan, where you will find one million refugees, brought there by war, disease and drought. And to the Bidi Bidi camp in particular, which I visited recently, where over 270,000 refugees now live. Refugee numbers here are growing faster than even in Syria, yet it’s a place largely forgotten by the world.

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Spend a Penny: Foreign Aid is Helping Girls and Women Have Access to the Loo

Theo Clarke

Women and girls are being denied the opportunity to reach their potential because of the simple injustice of not having access to a loo, says Theo Clarke, Chief Executive of The Coalition for Global Prosperity.

Starting your period can be stressful for any young girl. But being able to use a clean loo in private is a privilege that most British girls can take for granted.

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The Coalition Visits Lebanon with George Freeman MP and Save the Children to see UK Aid First Hand

Our CEO Theo Clarke visited Lebanon with George Freeman MP to see the work of UK aid and how we are helping refugees from Syria in the region. Theo visited with unaccompanied children living in the Bekaa Valley to better understand how the UK is playing an important role in the crisis. The visit was organised by Save the Children and they also went to see a local school set up by Malala for Syrian girls.

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The Coalition Visits South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda with World Vision

In September our CEO Theo Clarke visited Bidi Bidi refugee camp in northern Uganda, where South Sudanese refugees have been fleeing across the border. Violence escalated in South Sudan in July 2016, and famine was declared by the UNHCR in February 2017. Due to an increase in international donor support, the famine was halted in June 2017. Whilst there Theo saw how UK aid is helping to provide vital support in terms of education, health care and food supplies. She also attended a livelihoods workshop where refugees are being taught key skills to become self-sufficient.

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