Posts in UK Aid
Tackling Plastic Pollution: The Coalition Hosts Sir David Attenborough CBE and the Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP

On Monday 11th March, the Coalition for Global Prosperity were delighted to host Sir David Attenborough CBE, Secretary of State for International Development, the Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, and a panel of experts to call for Britain to continue to act as a global leader in tackling plastic pollution.

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The Coalition hosts Global Britain Tent at the 'Big Tent Ideas Festival'

Almost 2,000 people attended the Big Tent Ideas Festival this weekend, which provided an exciting forum bringing together those interested (both cross-party and no-party) in the big issues of our time, from plastic pollution and Brexit to tomorrow’s technology.

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Theresa May is right to focus on post-Brexit trading opportunities in Africa | Theo Clarke

This week we have seen the Prime Minister, and her dance moves, splashed across our front pages as she makes her first official visit to Africa. Preparing Britain for life post-Brexit, Theresa May is attempting to woo the continent and build on the UK and Africa’s historical relationship. She has announced that she wants the UK to be the G7’s number one investor in Africa by 2022. This is certainly an ambitious agenda but one that I welcome and believe is achievable through a focus on both trade and aid.

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Ending Ebola in the DRC: Why I'm Proud UK Aid is Keeping Us Safe | Theo Clarke

Imagine if you lived somewhere where there was no 999 to call. You can’t ring your local GP because there isn’t one. There is no ambulance to call, let alone a road to get to you. Your local health clinic is lacking clean water and refrigeration to store essential drugs. And when a deadly virus breaks out they lack even latex gloves, soap or a thermometer.

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Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP | Speaking at the Coalition for Global Prosperity Launch | Video

Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, former International Development Secretary of State,  speaks at the launch of the Coalition for Global Prosperity about why he thinks Britain must remain a leader in international development and why investing in UK aid helps create a healthier, safer and more prosperous world for us all.

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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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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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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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