Woman holding a placard on a march

The question campaigners hate to answer, but need to

Kirsty McNeill on the tough question campaigners need to ask themselves in order to make change.


We advocate for a civil society that serves the best interests of the world’s poorest. We bring together our members and wider UK civil society to collectively influence the policies and practice of governments and institutions at the UK, European and international level.  

Here you'll find the latest news, insights and analysis on international development policy and campaigning, including aidSDGsBrexitcivil society's operating environment and public support.

Advocacy news and views

Community meeting in Myanmar
17 May 2022
On conflict and fragility, the UK government’s new International Development Strategy, published on Monday, says many of the right things. Yet the strategy misses a big opportunity to join the dots, and to look at the root causes of conflict.
Paulina Luza (centre-left), Secretary-General of Peru's Domestic Workers' Union with other members at the union's headquarters. Lima, Peru (August 2015) © Juan Arredondo/Getty Images.
17 May 2022
“Provide women and girls with the freedom they need to succeed” is one of the priorities in the new International Development Strategy. Is this good news? Only if FCDO goes beyond political initiatives and slogans and takes real action.
Liz Truss holds a call with other G7 foreign ministers to discuss the Russian invasion of Ukraine from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Picture by Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street
16 May 2022
Today the UK government released the long-awaited International Development Strategy (IDS). The IDS sets out what the UK’s approach to development will be and highlights the priorities for the FCDO going forward. Here is an overview of what it says.