Stephen is the UK Country Director at the Global Poverty Project where he is responsible for the new social action platform Global Citizen ( and the national fundraising campaign Live Below the Line ( Before the Global Poverty Project, Stephen was a Campaign Director during the Labour Party Leadership Campaign in 2010 and the former National Secretary of the National Union of Students.

Entries by Stephen Brown

0.7% Towards a Better Future

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 1:47 PM

Oh Britain. It's so rare that we get to boast about being a world leader in anything nowadays. Gone are the days we topped global league tables in important areas like education or health care. Or indeed even Eurovision or any sport that is played on two feet. But today...

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World Polio Day - 99% of the Way There

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 2:14 PM

We achieved some incredible things in the 20th century. We reached out to the stars and put a man on the moon; united against racism, we stood up to and ended apartheid in South Africa; we created the internet and revolutionised the way we communicate with each other; and we...

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Write to Learn

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 6:07 AM

Monday's news that Asia had received top marks in the 2014 global education index was received warmly right across Asia, and by many of us in the development community too.

Asian countries - led by South Korea- came out top in the Global Index of Cognitive Skills and Educational...

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£5, Five Days to End Extreme Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 5:14 AM

I remember sitting next to this Swazi woman, we were outside her hut in rural Swaziland, just to the south of its biggest city, Manzini. She was holding her newborn baby tight and she looked sad. Sad, but not visibly upset - she wasn't going to cry. Crying is only...

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My Week Living Below the Line

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 1:38 PM

I'm halfway through my Live Below the Line challenge - a campaign which highlights the challenges faced by 1.2billion people who live in extreme poverty every day - and frankly, I'm shattered.

Food is everything. It sounds obvious, doesn't it? But it's not until you're without it that you...

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Will You Live Below The Line?

(1) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 12:38 PM

When I launched Live Below the Line in the UK in 2012 I didn't think doing the challenge was going to be difficult at all. I thought those who screwed up their faces when I proposed the challenge were simply lazy. I remember being a student - the Smart Price...

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Aid Is Still the 'Third Wheel' in Our Fight Against Extreme Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 8:16 AM

With the Queen's Speech just two weeks away it's becoming increasingly unlikely that the Coalition government will keep their promise to enshrine 0.7% of GNI on international aid.

Those of us in the development sector saw this as an opportunity to refocus the debate on how effective we could...

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I'd Like to Poke Anne Widdecombe in the Eye

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 7:00 PM

Here's my dilemma - I'd like to poke Anne Widdecombe in the eye for being so ridiculously stupid. My problem is that I'm not sure what for, for being so unbelievably naive or for treating her readers with the contempt that only a small number of them deserve.

Anne's article...

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Dear The Commonwealth, It's Time to Suspend Swaziland

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 4:02 PM

In April, Maxwell Dlamini, the President of the Swaziland National Union of Students, was arrested just outside of Manzini, Swaziland. He was beaten, tortured and forced into signing a declaration admitting to carrying explosives that were never found. He was protesting against a direct instruction from Africa's last absolute monarch,...

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Coventry City Fans Need a Reality Check, and Fast

(2) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 12:36 PM

It's a reality most football fans don't want to face, but for Coventry City fans the realisation needs to come fast -football is a business first and any notion that it's somehow different is a romantic fantasy. Modern football is about good business and Coventry City FC is a business...

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Imagine Facing your Future as a 16 year old - What a Bum Set of Choices You've Got

(6) Comments | Posted October 3, 2011 | 8:00 PM

The situation is dire, we all know that. The media coverage is painstakingly negative - no money and no jobs. Europe is collapsing, America's debt is at record levels, people are rioting (young people are to blame of course) and cuts are deepening to the very services that hold our...

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King Mswati III is royally screwing Swaziland

(1) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 8:00 PM

In August the South African government bailed out the small Kingdom of Swaziland to the alarming tune of R2.4b after the landlocked country lost a third of its revenue from a regional customs union. Most South Africans were bemused at propping up the undemocratic kingdom ruled by a man with...

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