Advocacy International (Ai) has played a leading role in developing the public-facing side of a programme to save the lives of African mothers and babies – the Evidence for Action (E4A) project. We have been responsible for the development of an advocacy, communications and digital strategy; and the launch of a public engagement campaign: MamaYe!
Today 18th February, 2013 the public engagement strategy is enhanced with the launch of six websites, one for each of the countries, and one a ‘parent site’. The websites highlight news, evidence, and events organized by African-led teams in the six countries.
The programme aims to improve maternal and newborn survival in six countries in Africa (Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Malawi and Tanzania.) It is led in-country by teams of African experts, and supported by an international consortium of experts based at UCL, University of Southampton, University of Aberdeen, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The programme is funded by DFID, and led by Louise Hulton of Options – the sexual and reproductive health consultancy.
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The consortium is led by Options, the sexual and reproductive health consultancy, and will work closely with African partners to deliver better maternal and neonatal health services and outcomes by using evidence more effectively to generate political commitment; strengthen accountability and improve planning and decision-making at all levels.
Ai’s visit to Ethiopia and Sierra Leone was part of a scoping exercise, to assess the maternal and newborn health landscapes in those countries.
Jeremy Smith, 9th December 2011
I have just returned from three stretching days’ work in a workshop and conference in Cologne (28th November to 1st December) with 15 Palestinian and 15 Israeli Mayors, where I moderated the discussions (using every technique known to me from the meeting-management handbook!) to negotiate agreement on practical steps for cooperation between them. Okay, it was not exactly negotiating the Oslo Peace Accords, but at times we felt pretty close to how the diplomats must have felt at the time!
At several points, our work seemed doomed to end without agreement – but finally, we managed to draw up a set of future projects to work on together, covering promotion of tourism to the West Bank (aiming to increase not just numbers, but the amount spent in the West Bank by tourists), environmental issues, water purification, exchange visits (political, business, young people etc.), as well as a mayors’ network to promote practical cooperation. Continue reading… ›
6th July 2011
Aviva has brought together a collection of prominent thinkers to provoke renewed debate and fresh ideas about future prosperity and creating a culture of sustainable savings. Today this group of thinkers, the ‘Future Prosperity Panel‘, published their report ‘Big picture thinking – Towards sustainable savings’.
Ann Pettifor’s article is called ‘Savings and the alchemy of credit’ and is published alongside valuable work from Alain De Botton, Simon Tay, Paweł Świeboda and Diane Coyle.
Read a summary of Ann’s essay and watch her video interview to learn more … >
4th July 2011
Ann Pettifor was invited, by Sir David King, to join a panel at this year’s World Forum on Enterprise & the Environment organised by the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment in Oxford. The session was led by Herman Mulder and was entitled ”Green the economy, Financial needs and tools: The economics of a world mobilising to address biodiversity issues on a massive scale.”
Read more about the discussion at the WFEE at the Guardian, and watch videos of the many activating speakers over the two days of the forum on the WFEE website.
4th April 2011
In March, Ann Pettifor was honoured to be invited Ms Zarinah Anwar CEO of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Malaysia, and Dr Farhan Nizami of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies to attend a conference at Ditchley Park on “Shariah, Finance and the Public Good”.
But before the hard work of deliberation, delegates attended a splendid dinner at the Banqueting House, Whitehall, where they were welcomed by His Royal Highness, Dr Raja Nazrin Shah, Crown Prince of Perak, Malaysia.
In an opening address HRH asked the group to consider whether transfers of ‘artificial wealth’ served the public good; and whether Islamic finance could be distinguished from conventional finance? Prince Nazrin Shah suggested that trust in financial services has all but evaporated, and that such trust would not be restored until finance could demonstrate its concern with the public good.
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6th February 2011
Ann Pettifor was honoured to be named as one of Gordon Roddick’s ‘ethical pioneers changing the way we live’ in the Observer, Sunday 6th February 2011.
Gordon Roddick is no stranger to inspiring social and environmental change. He pioneered Fairtrade and co-founded The Body Shop and The Big Issue. Read his take on why we “can’t carry on operating under the same old system” as he outlines his hopes for a more sustainable – and fairer – way of life
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