Putting the First Last: DFID and International Volunteering

In 2010 David Cameron announced the creation of a UK government funded International Citizen Service (ICS) for 18-25 year olds, designed to fit into the vision of an austerity-driven ‘big society’ as an extension from the well-known National Citizen Service. Since 2010, the programme has now sent over 40,000 volunteers abroad for 12 weeks on … Continue reading Putting the First Last: DFID and International Volunteering

COVID-19 and the Developing World: An Update

So far the UK has managed to stay within the capacity of its ventilator stock, despite early concerns that it would be insufficient. With over 11,000 of the potentially life saving machines, there is one for roughly every 6,000 people in the UK. By contrast, the New York Times estimates that there are over 20 … Continue reading COVID-19 and the Developing World: An Update

The New Normal

Oxford Circus at 5.30pm on a Saturday. The usual throng of tourists, tuk tuks with flashing lights, performers, and nike-fitted teenagers is palpably absent. The low light of a spring evening spatters the empty alleys behind Liberty’s, creeping into the soiled corners previously occupied daily by florists and street vendors, and congregating eight metres up … Continue reading The New Normal

COVID-19: Some Thoughts on the Developing World

As this is my first President's post, hopefully of many, since Mia and I were elected as co-Presidents for next term, I had planned to do a bit of an introduction and an overview of our plans for OxSID over the coming months. But with the  pandemic rapidly entering every aspect of day-to-day life and … Continue reading COVID-19: Some Thoughts on the Developing World