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2014 in Impact Investing: The Big Bang and its Aftermath

Ben Thornley | Posted 02.14.2015 | Impact
Ben Thornley

From its origins in the closed circles of community finance, philanthropy, and international development, 2014 was a Big Bang for impact investing.

How to End Ebola

Patrick Davies | Posted 12.10.2014 | World
Patrick Davies

More than 3,000 people have already died. Every hour brings five more infections across West Africa. The situation is urgent. The human cost of inaction on Ebola is quite simply unthinkable.

Building a Brighter Future for Girls Everywhere

Patrick Davies | Posted 10.04.2014 | Impact
Patrick Davies

Too many girls around the world reach adolescence and find their future is already mapped out. They never have a chance to finish school or get a job, or an opportunity to travel and experience life. It's time to give these girls the chance to write their own future.

Honours: Much More Than Angelina!

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 08.20.2014 | Entertainment
Sir Peter Westmacott

Angelina Jolie has been made an honorary Dame (the female equivalent of a Knight) of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours this month. A lot of Americans may not know what that entails, so I thought I'd try and explain.

Miranda Is Not a One-Off; it Happened to Me

Leah McGrath Goodman | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Leah McGrath Goodman

Before David Miranda was detained for nine hours at London's Heathrow Airport, there was me.

Five Takeaways: The G8 and Social Impact Investing

Ben Thornley | Posted 08.09.2013 | Business
Ben Thornley

The UK government planted the Union Jack squarely at the center of social impact investing at the dedicated G8 meeting June 6 - hosted by Prime Minist...

Closing in on the Crux of Impact Investing

Ben Thornley | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Ben Thornley

While some sectors are likely to mature beyond the point of subsidy, government is shaping up to be a more active participant in impact investing than ever. This presents opportunities for sure, but also risks.

Britain's Commitment to Somalia's Future

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 07.07.2013 | World
Sir Peter Westmacott

When Foreign Secretary William Hague raised the Union Flag over the new offices on April 25, the UK became the first EU country to return to the Somali capital since the ruinous civil war that began in the early 1990s.

Not in our name: African human rights activists reject UK aid conditionality

Mark Canavera | Posted 01.29.2012 | World
Mark Canavera

An oft-told African proverb (whose precise culture of origin often changes with the teller) asserts that "When elephants fight, the grass suffers." Pu...

Sympathizing With 'Occupy' Protests, UK Business Secretary Would Consider Limiting Executive Pay

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 11.14.2011 | Business

In a sign that the Occupy London protests might be having some effect, a prominent member of the British government recently signaled that he would be...

Book-Giving Charity Funding Cut Off By UK Government | Benedicte Page | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Booktrust, the independent charity set up to encourage reading, is to lose all government funding for its children's gifting programmes Bookstart, Boo...

The Number of MPs Should Be Halved

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

Britain has too many MPs. We have 650 MPs to represent 62 million people. By international standards, that's a lot of MPs to represent not many people.

Queen Surrenders Control Of Royal Finances In Secret U.K. Deal

The Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Queen has been forced to give up the ultimate right to manage the Palace's financial affairs in a secret deal signed by Palace aides and the Gover...

David Cameron: Queen's Speech A 'Radical Program For A Radical Government'

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Prime Minister David Cameron has hailed the Queen's Speech as a "radical programme for a radical government"....

UK Foreign Secretary: Britain Will Pursue 'Solid Not Slavish' Relationship With US

Guardian | Chris McGreal | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Britain's new government will pursue a "solid not slavish" relationship with the US, the foreign secretary, William Hague, promised today after a meet...

Tim Berners-Lee Government Data Project Unveiled

BBC News | BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Web founder Sir Tim Berners-Lee has unveiled his latest venture for the UK government, which offers the public better access to official data....

Dry Campus?

Alan Miller | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alan Miller

While the crass stereotype of the frat party downing of gallons of beer may seem to epitomize the worst of overindulgence, the banging on about binge drinking may well be worse for our overall health as a society.

Britain's Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

There are many unnerving similarities between the Bush administration's policies and those implemented in the U.K., which have caused barely a ripple of protest.

Who Is Binyam Mohamed, The British Resident Released From Guantanamo?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

I thought it appropriate to relate a few anecdotes that bring Binyam the human being, rather than Binyam the prisoner, to life.