Nigel Chapman
Nigel Chapman joined Plan International as Chief Executive Officer in April 2009 following a career in senior positions in news and current affairs with the BBC spanning more than 30 years and also a long association with Plan.

Founded 75 years ago, Plan is one of the oldest and largest children's development organisations in the world. It works in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. In 2011, Plan reached 56,500,000 children in 58,053 communities.Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.

Nigel was Director of the BBC World Service from 2004 to 2009, having overall editorial leadership and management of the world's leading international broadcaster. During his tenure he took the organisation through its biggest restructuring since it was launched over seventy years ago.

During his time as Director, he oversaw an increase in the World Service’s radio audience from 146 million a week to 183 million – its largest ever listenership – and the growth of a large new media portfolio.

He also directed the launch of BBC Arabic TV in 2008 and Persian TV in 2009 - the corporation's first publicly funded international television services.

In 1999, he became the first Director of BBC Online, with responsibility for the development of the corporation's content website and a year later moved to the World Service as Deputy Director, a post he held for four years.

Prior to this he had a number of senior roles in the BBC’s management, including being its Controller of the English Regions.

In addition, Nigel was also Chair of the BBC World Service Trust, the
Service's charitable arm, which uses communications and new technologies to aid development in some of the world's poorest countries.

Nigel has an active history with Plan having spent over six years working at the highest levels of the International Board and Members Assembly and was also Chair of Plan UK – one of the largest global fund raisers for Plan.

He is married to Maggie Farrar and has two children, Clare (24) and Grace (22).

Entries by Nigel Chapman

A Stimulus Every Country Needs

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 11:35 AM

This week in Brussels, ministers of education and finance from developing countries, donors and international organisations will decide the fate of the world's 57 million out of school children (OOSC). Hosted by the European Commission, governments from around the world will make their financial pledge to the Global Partnership for...

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Protecting Children in a Digital World

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 7:00 PM

The internet and information technology can widen access to learning, enhance the quality of education and empower men and women, girls and boys, with new skills and opportunities. But this does not happen by itself - it requires leadership, planning and action. Fast, affordable broadband is increasingly becoming a basic...

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We Must End FGM Now and Give Girls a Future

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 4:46 AM

In Guinea-Bissau, one of the countries in West Africa where Plan works, almost 50% of girls continue to be victims of genital mutilation. It is estimated that more than 125 million girls and women alive today have undergone genital mutilation or cutting. Of these, over 100 million are believed to...

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Typhoon Haiyan: Digging in for the Long Haul

(1) Comments | Posted November 29, 2013 | 6:00 PM

Driving out of Tacloban Airport is easier than in the early days of Typhoon Haiyan's aftermath, but the scenes on either side of the road still assault the senses. The occasional lorry loads up corpses still being discovered in shattered houses. Everywhere, there is debris - some of it in...

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140 millions de petites filles mariées d'ici 2020?

(7) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 10:30 AM

Saviez-vous que, si la tendance actuelle se poursuit, 140 millions de petites filles seront mariées d'ici 2020? Cela représente 39.000 filles mariées chaque jour dans le monde.

Ces statistiques sont choquantes et elles le sont tout autant lorsque je les expose aux décideurs, aux célébrités et aux hommes politiques pour les convaincre de...

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Girls Draw the Short Straw in Life - We Must Help Them Change This

(2) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 5:20 AM

Did you know that more than 140million girls will become child brides by 2020 if current rates continue? That's 39,000 girls married off every day.

It's a shocking statistic, and no less shocking every time I quote it to policy makers, celebrities and politicians as I lobby for them...

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Standing With the 'Other Malalas'

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 11:21 AM

Every girl has the right to an education. But for many girls across the world, an education is nothing but a dream - and a dangerous dream at that.

Last October, 14-year-old schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban, because she was determined for herself...

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Tents Further Than the Eye Can See

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 7:19 PM

Some 280 kilometres North West from Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou lies Goudebo camp in the Sahel region, home to over 10,000 refugees who fled the conflict over the border in Mali last year.

With little rain so far this year; it is windswept, a dusty sprawl of...

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Aren't We Forgetting Someone?

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 7:00 PM

There are now less than 1,000 days to go until the 2015 deadline for the world's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The international community is busy examining the progress we've made and all the work remaining if we are to realise the vision that was laid out 12 years ago. If...

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Funding for Bullets and Bombs Prioritised Over Children's Welfare

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 5:06 AM


If it is true that money talks, then what it says about the Mali conflict would mean many have been simply priced out of the conversation.

The fallout from the conflict has displaced hundreds of thousands of people - about half of whom are...

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Healing Children's Hidden Scars of Disaster

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 6:04 AM

More children are affected by disasters each year than adults, according to the United Nations. It says 100 million young people including children are affected by disasters each year.

Yet although they are the largest group and the first...

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Surely a Safety Pin Isn't the Answer for City-Dwelling Teenage Girls Who Are Losing Their Future

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 10:37 AM

Fifteen-year-old Rehana lives in Delhi. The teenager is friendly and intelligent, which means she takes no risks when she goes out on her own in the city. Learning karate and carrying a safety-pin is, she confides, the best way to protect yourself against random oglers and gropers on the bus....

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Why Girls Are Bearing the Brunt of the Economic Crisis - and Why Technology Can Help

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2013 | 10:43 AM

Everyone is feeling the pinch in this economic crisis - but in the developing world, it is girls and women who stand to lose the most.

This week Plan International will publish a joint report* ( with the Overseas Development Institute ( showing how girls and...

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Remembering a Lost Generation - Because I Am a Girl

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 7:45 PM

There is a global crisis in education. This is a crisis that can be and must be averted, because education is a human right and the keystone of development.

This Thursday is the first ever International Day of the Girl Child, a day we at Plan International lobbied for to...

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