Global People Movements
We are witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record, as individuals seek to create their own pathways from poverty to prosperity. The rise of wars, terrorism, oppressive regimes, and the declining availability of food and shelter is driving record migration. This is the humanitarian crisis of our age.
Half of the world’s refugees are children, with a recorded 300,000 unaccompanied and separated children on the move in 2015/16 across 80 different countries. People undertaking dangerous and irregular journeys in search of a better life can become vulnerable to exploitation by human traffickers who generate around $150 billion of illegal profits every year. Many child refugees disappear into the hands of these ruthless smuggler gangs and traffickers where the risk of forced prostitution and forced labour are extremely high.
21st Century International Development
In recent decades, levels of poverty around the world have fallen dramatically, as more and more nations delivered economic growth and improvements in wellbeing for their citizens. While humanitarian aid has served an important role in addressing crisis situations and developing delivery systems for health and education, it has not demonstrated its effectiveness in fostering broader prosperity.
For those countries which remain trapped in a cycle of low- or no-growth, a new approach is needed. Led by Molly Kiniry, our 21st Century International Development programme seeks to examine how we can foster the sustainable economic growth that ensures everyone can realise their unique potential, no matter where they live.
November saw the launch of our International Development programme. Led by Dr Stephen Brien and Molly Kiniry key speakers at the event were David Pilling, Africa Editor of the Financial Times; Tsitsi Masiyiwa, Executive Chairman and co-Founder, Higher Life Foundation; Professor Myles Wickstead former British Ambassador to Ethiopia, Djibouti and the African Union and Lord Boateng, former UK High Commissioner to South Africa.