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.
President of Malawi Joyce Banda speaks about family planning, how contraceptives can save lives and empower women, and her hopes for the upcoming London Summit on Family Planning on 11 July 2012.
Students from three Birmingham schools talk about how a partnership with two schools in Sierra Leone has changed their lives forever and made a real difference to some of the world's poorest children. From joint curriculum projects to fundraising to build classrooms in Sierra Leone, the students talk about their experiences and encourage other schools to build international links of their own. Connecting Classrooms is a new programme that will help schools do just that. Find out more at www.britishcouncil.org/connectingclassrooms
Two British midwives talk about their experiences of volunteering in Somaliland and Malawi where they have helped to build the skills of the local midwives and save the lives of mothers and babies.
DFID's Chief Scientist Chris Whitty talks about the current threat posed by malaria to the lives of millions, what the future holds, and what the UK is going to do to combat the disease.
Shujaaz uses radio, comic books and social media to transform the lives of millions of young people in Kenya. Listen to DJ Boyie - one of the comic's heroes - talk about the Emmy-winning project and get a surprise call from DFID Minister Alan Duncan MP.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee speaks about the importance of women in peace building and why family planning is essential for women’s economic empowerment and reducing poverty
To mark the International Day against Female Genital Cutting, urban soul and hip-hop artist Sister Fa speaks about her experience of cutting and how she is leading a musical drive to end the practice in her native Senegal.
International Citizen Service volunteers Ceri, Esi and Mohammed talk about their experiences in Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya, including their most memorable moments, overcoming challenges and top tips!
Professor Kevin Anderson of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Research talks about going beyond the dangers of a 2°C rise and what can be done to create a low-carbon future.
In the second DFID podcast, economist and climate change expert Hannah Ryder talks about the importance of the upcoming Durban Summit. Hannah Ryder is a Senior Economist at DFID where she oversees DFID’s strategy and advice on how to deliver low-carbon and climate-resilient economic growth in developing countries. Before joining DFID, she was a Climate Change Negotiator in the Department of Energy and Climate Change and co-authored the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change.
In the first of our monthly podcasts, Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, talks about family planning and the fact that the world population is about to reach 7 billion. Listen to other podcasts and find out more at http://www.dfid.gov.uk/podcasts