Matthew Frost
Matthew Frost has been Chief Executive of Tearfund since October 2005. Previously he worked for DFES and McKinsey, where he specialised in strategy and organisational leadership. He has served overseas with Medair in a leadership capacity and set up their aid programme in Afghanistan. Matthew is married to Katharine, has four young children and is a member of Holy Trinity Church in Claygate, Surrey.

Entries by Matthew Frost

​Good News and Bad News: The World Is Better Off Than Ever Before but Still Too Many People Are Missing Out

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 7:00 PM

Do you want the good news, or the bad news?

Let's take the good news first. And there's plenty of it.

Overall, we're richer, healthier, safer than ever before. Globally, more children live long enough to reach primary school age and then have an affordable school nearby. Life expectancy and...

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Syria's Refugees Not Hoping for a White Christmas This Year

(1) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 10:13 AM

Only a week ago, I sat squashed into a tent filled with a family of fourteen Syrian refugees in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon - surprised that even that much body heat could not thaw the freezing cold I felt.

The harshest, coldest months are closing in - December through...

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Knitting Might Be Fun But I'd Rather Change the World

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 11:39 AM

If the UK's new Government Minister for Civil Society is spoiling for a fight, he's gone the right way about it. When he announced yesterday that 'charities should stick to their knitting', he must have known full well that he'd get a vociferous response.

I'm not sure why he's looking...

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'Say What You See' Is Easier Said Than Done

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 5:10 AM

We're not going to have tax discs on our car windscreens any more, apparently.

It's cheaper and easier for us to have a paperless system with the option to pay by direct debit. But I imagine that some of us will feel a twinge of nostalgia at its...

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If We Told the Truth About Aid, You Might Get Bored

(3) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 6:00 PM

Committee meetings are pretty boring.

Even just attending one is bad enough, but imagine trying to go out and raise millions of pounds to tackle some of the biggest problems in the world with a fundraising campaign asking people to give towards committee meetings.

You wouldn't raise much money.


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No More Aid

(2) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 6:00 PM

'We don't need an aid budget of 0.7% of national income any more.'

That's what I'm hoping we'll be able to say in future. But there's no way it's going to happen unless we tackle corruption, once and for all.

We all know that it's one of the biggest barriers...

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Stop Expecting Me to Do Your Job for You

(9) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 7:00 PM

It's not just down to me to tackle poverty. It's not just down to me individually, to my organisation, or to the UK. The sooner we stop abdicating responsibility and expecting 'someone' to sort it all out, the better.

Because there is no 'they' in the fight against poverty.

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Let's Talk About Aid

(6) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 7:00 PM

Aid doesn't always work.

Is that what you expected the chief exec of an NGO serving more than 50 countries to say? No? I'm not surprised.

The quality of the debate around UK government spending on aid has been pretty dire. We've allowed ourselves to become polarised, so the development...

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Going for Gold in the Race Against Hunger

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 4:26 AM

It's been a very exciting and emotional two weeks cheering on the Olympians, but the highlight for me was Cameron leaving a legacy of London 2012 beyond even our exceptional haul of medals by hosting a global hunger event bringing together sportspeople and senior politicians from Brazil, Kenya, Bangladesh and...

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Ending the Hunger Games

(6) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 7:32 AM

It seems like every conversation I have lately, I get asked if I've read The Hunger Games. At work, at church, at dinner - eventually I realised I should probably find out what's getting people so animated.

The dystopian fiction of The Hunger Games is set in...

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Why the Poorest Will Have to Wait for Water

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 7:00 PM

The Millennium Development Goal on water has been met. This is a major global achievement and we should all feel pride in the part that our governments have played to get us to this milestone.

That over 2 billion people have gained access to clean water to drink since 1990...

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