Summary: DFID, the Department for International Development, is the part of the UK Government that manages Britain’s aid to poor countries. We work with charities, international organisations and the governments of poor countries to find lasting solutions to the global problem of poverty. On Soundcloud you can hear the opinions of respected voices from across the international development field - on a wide range of subjects from climate change to health and education, from economic growth and trade to democracy and accountability.
Dr Kasereka 'Jo' Lusi and Dr Martin Migombano share their experiences of violence against girls and women and discuss the need for more measures for it to be stopped.
On the ground in the Philippines, Sandra Bulling - a CARE International aid worker - describes how communities dealt with the destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the days after it struck. Britain is supporting CARE International through the Rapid Response Facility (RRF). RRF helps the UK government commit to rapid humanitarian funding in the first 72 hours following a disaster. To find out the latest news on the UK's response to Typhoon Haiyan visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/typhoon-haiyan-latest-updates-on-uk-aid
Doctor Saleyha Ahsan, featured on the recent BBC Panorama programme 'Saving Syria's Children', discusses her experiences on the ground protecting girls and women in emergencies and the KeepHerSafe event.
Claudia Cappa from UNICEF talks about FGM with DFID
There are 21 million people who are trafficked and in forced labour worldwide – over half of these are from South Asia. A new programme, supported by the UK government, called Work in Freedom, aims to prevent 100,000 girls and women across South Asia from falling victim to the worst forms of child and labour trafficking. Find out more at http://bit.ly/workinfreedom Manju Gurung is the founder of an NGO called Purakhi working for returnee women migrant workers in Nepal.
FGM experts Efua Dorkenoo, Nimco Ali and Halima A Adan talk about their experiences with DFID's Olivia O'Sullivan
DFID Policy Officer Sally Duncan reports from the UN's Commission on the Status of Women, interviewing attendees and discussing the landmark agreement on this year's topic, violence against women and girls. Interviews: 1. Zorha Moosa - ActionAid 2. Marai Larasi - IMKANN 3. Sinara Gumeire - AWID 4. Micheal Watachira - Centre for Rights Education and Awareness 5. Dr Manjula O’Conner - Australasian Centre for Human Rights and Health 6. Anastasia Olembo - Care - East Africa 7. Kamani Jinadasa - Care - Sri Lanka 8. Meryum Aslan - UN Women Trust Fund 9. Sinara, Kalliope Mingerou - UN Women, Marai 10. Michelle Bachelet - UN Women (speech recording) Music: Bamako by FUR
DFID Humanitarian Adviser Liz Hughes reports from Jordan on the refugee situation which has developed as a result of the ongoing conflict in Syria. Liz paints a vivid picture of life in the refugee camps and how the UK is responding to the crisis.
Juliana Rotich, co-founder and executive director of Ushahidi, talks about the possibilities for technology and open government to transform lives in poorer countries. Juliana will be speaking on 13 November at Open Up!, a one-day conference in London organised by the Department for International Development and the Omidyar Network. To find out more, visit http://www.openup12.org
In this short interview, recorded at DFID on 11 October 2012, Bill Gates talks about the importance of aid, why it is an investment for the future and the development issues he is currently focused on.
Neil Barry, DFID's Humanitarian Advisor in Jordan, talks about the ongoing humanitarian crisis on Syria's borders and how UK aid is supporting humanitarian agencies to deliver vital assistance
Astrid Aafjes, founder and president of Women Win, explains how sport can help transform the lives of girls and women in the developing world - building confidence, educating and empowering girls and women to exercise their rights.
Dr Sheila Ommeh and Christine Mukantwali, two scientists supported by African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), speak about their work and how AWARD has empowered them to contribute more effectively to poverty alleviation and food security in sub Saharan Africa. The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is implementing the AWARD programme. DFID provides funding to CGIAR.
Professor Swaminathan shares his thoughts on the role of agricultural innovation in tackling undernutrition in India. Professor Swaminathan played a hugely significant role in India’s Green Revolution in the 1970s that led to enormous increases in crop production in the South Asian region. He currently chairs the Committee on Food Security’s High Level Panel of Experts. Professor Swaminathan was interviewed ahead of this week's Global Hunger Event by DFID's Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Tim Wheeler. http://www.dfid.gov.uk/globalhunger
Novelist and NHS nurse Christie Watson talks about her debut novel, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, and issues facing girls and women in Nigeria from female genital cutting to education and reproductive rights.