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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14th December 2010
During a visit to Abuja, Nigeria, Ann Pettifor met up with Mrs Hayija Amina Az Zubair – Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on the MDGs. She was delighted to find that funds freed up as a result of Nigeria’s 2005 debt relief negotiations, are used to fund pro-poor projects, and in particular Nigeria’s new Midwives Services Scheme.
Advocacy International’s Maz Kessler and Ann Pettifor have been in both Ghana and Nigeria this past month, scoping the maternal and newborn advocacy landscape. We were there as part of a consortium, led by Options, undertaking the mission for the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).
Ann Pettifor and Georgia Lee were honoured to organise the visit to London last week of the Minister of Women’s Affairs in the Afghan Government, Dr Husn Banu Ghazanfar.
The Hon. Minister was in London to brief the media, British Government Ministers and Shadow Cabinet members of the achievements of her Ministry for Women’s Affairs in Kabul, and of the Ministry’s priorities and challenges. Dr. Ghazanfar is proud of the 37% increase in girls attending school since her Ministry was formed in 2001, and of the 25% ratio of women in the Afghan Parliament – higher than in Britain, where women make up 22% of the UK Parliament.
The Minister gave a series of media interviews; had meetings with British Government Ministers, as well as members of the Shadow Cabinet, and made presentations to a range of think-tanks, including Chatham House and Queen Elizabeth House in Oxford.
Homa Khaleeli of the Guardian drew on Minister Ghazanfar’s statements in her comprehensive article ‘Afghan women fear for the future’ published on Friday 4th February.
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6th October 2010
Aviva, the insurance company, convened a gathering of distinguished thinkers, including Ai’s director Ann Pettifor, at a meeting in London’s Somerset House, to help the company scan the future.
The meeting was hosted by Aviva’s group chief executive, Andrew Moss. Philip Coggan, who writes the Buttonwood column for the Economist led the thinking on forms of saving that would lead us all on ‘Paths to Prosperity’.
The thinkers included Alain de Botton, author of ‘The pleasures and sorrows of work’; Carl Honoré – who writes a great deal about slowing down; Prof. Simon Tay of Singapore’s Institute of International Affairs; Pawel Świeboda , of Poland’s demosEUROPA – a centre for European strategy; Diane Coyle, of Enlightenment Economics; and Matthew Taylor of the RSA. Rama Bijapurkar joined us from India, as did Jane fuller, of the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation.
29th September 2010
Ai’s Director, Ann Pettifor was invited by the Chairman of Malaysia’s Securities Commission Tan Sri Zarinah Anwar, to join a panel of distinguished speakers at the second Annual World Capital Markets Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 27-28 September, 2010.
The panel addressed issues related to global economic and financial governance, and included Dr. Nouriel Roubini, Professor of Economics at Stern School of Business, New York University; Sir David Tweedie, Chairman, International Accounting Standards Board, UK; Hung Q tran, Deputy Managing Director of the Institute of International Finance; and Naoyuki Shinohara, deputy Managing Director of the IMF.