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We all have a role to play in supporting Syria's vulnerable civilians

The recent chemical attack on Douma is the latest atrocity in a civil war which has had a devastating impact on Syria's civilian population.

The civil war in Syria has just entered its eighth year. And as the attack in Douma demonstrates, it shows little sign of abating. Its impact on the country’s people and communities has been truly devastating, with hundreds of thousands of civilians killed. Additionally, close to six million Syrians have fled the country as refugees, with a similar number now displaced internally within its borders. 

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In City A.M. Molly Kiniry says the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting provides the chance to discuss trade with a focus on developing countries

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) currently underway is the perfect petri dish for the start of trade talks.

These 54 heads of government, plus business representatives from each country, can say with authority (and this week, in privacy) what they would need to make a Commonwealth free trade agreement (FTA) happen.

The Commonwealth has not historically been a trading organisation, and at present its members are bound only by the bilateral agreements they have independently signed with one another. But Brexit presents the opportunity to rethink its strategic value as an organisation which covers five continents and billions of people.

Read the full article in City A.M. here.

We all have a role to play in supporting Syria's vulnerable civilians

Friday, 13 April 2018

The recent chemical attack on Douma is the latest atrocity in a civil war which has had a devastating impact on Syria's civilian population.

The civil war in Syria has just entered its eighth year. And as the attack in Douma demonstrates, it shows little sign of abating. Its impact on the country’s people and communities has been truly devastating, with hundreds of thousands of civilians killed. Additionally, close to six million Syrians have fled the country as refugees, with a similar number now displaced internally within its borders. 

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New statistics illustrate the growing challenge of modern slavery in the UK

Thursday, 29 March 2018

The number of potential victims of trafficking and modern slavery in the UK has risen by more than a third, according to a new report released by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

The figures show that in 2017 5,145 potential victims were referred to the NCA, up from 3,804 in 2016. Those referred as victims of modern slavery and human trafficking (MSHT) came from 116 different nationalities, with UK, Albanian and Vietnamese nationals remaining the most commonly reported victims. For the first time British citizens were the largest nationality recorded in the figures, up from 326 in 2016 to 819 in 2017. The increase in British numbers is largely down to an increase in minors being referred as suspected victims of labour or sexual exploitation, up 66 per cent.

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New leadership could put Ethiopia on a pathway toward greater stability

Thursday, 29 March 2018

The profile of Ethiopia's leader-in-waiting promises to bring three years of anti-government protests to an end.         

Africa’s second most populous country has been in a state of emergency since February, following Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s unexpected resignation after five years in power. His departure came in response to three years of social unrest which have claimed the lives of hundreds of people. Protests have been caused by persistent concerns over human rights violations including the imprisonment, torture and extrajudicial killing of political dissidents.

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Read Nicholas Boys Smith's article in the Evening Standard which looks to a community-led future for the Lancaster West Estate

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

"The problems of council management (sometimes good, sometimes bad, always in charge) cannot be solved by one inquiry or one new management team. The good news is that the residents of the Lancaster West Estate (of which Grenfell Tower is part) are starting to consider alternative models.

One suggestion, as Danny Kruger and I argue in a new paper, is for residents to take over running the estate as a Community Land Trust. These have a long pedigree in rural areas; now the model is catching on in cities. On the Walterton and Elgin estates in Westminster, residents forced the council to hand over their homes in 1992. They now run the place. More are planned across London."

Read the full article in the Evening Standard here.

Read our paper, A community-led future: A proposal for the neighbourhood of Grenfell Tower.

New African free trade deal promises to be a transformative pathway from poverty

Monday, 26 March 2018

Last week's creation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) brings into being one of the world's largest free trade blocs, which promises to open the continent's economies to unprecedented trade and investment.

Trade between African nations remains comparatively low, accounting for only around ten per cent of commerce on the continent. CFTA, agreed at the AU's recent summit in Kigali, is designed to change that, by allowing the free flow of goods and services between its members. The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has estimated its impact could increase intra-African trade by as much as 52 per cent by 2022, compared with trade levels in 2010. 

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Speaking in the House of Lords our CEO explains the need for security collaboration with the EU to tackle human trafficking

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

"My Lords, I will speak to Amendment 222. Human trafficking is one of the great global scourges of our generation. Globally, 66,520 people were identified as victims of human trafficking in 2016—a 40% increase from 2012. Even this number may represent less than 1% of the real scale of the problem.

Identifying and assisting victims of human trafficking is complex because their situations are complex and hidden. Someone may start their journey as a migrant but end up being exploited because of their vulnerability, and become a victim of human trafficking. The situation of a person who has been trafficked is desperate—stripped of agency, power and dignity, often in an unfamiliar country, with little way out."

Watch Philippa's speech here.

Danny Kruger writes in the Spectator that residents should decide the future of the Lancaster West Estate

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Everyone agrees the Grenfell Tower disaster must usher in a new era of social housing in the UK. The danger is that it sends us back to a very old era, when the council owned, managed and controlled community housing.

There is another way forward, one which meets the rightful sense of injustice felt by people living on Lancaster West, the estate where Grenfell Tower stands – not the injustice of a botched refurbishment which (probably) caused the tragedy, but the injustice of residents not being listened to when they raised concerns, over many years, about their safety or quality of life.

Read the full article in the Spectator here.

Read our paper, A community-led future: A proposal for the neighbourhood of Grenfell Tower.

Nicholas Boys Smith from Create Streets writes in CapX that the legacy of the Grenfell tragedy should be one of community ownership

Thursday, 15 March 2018

No change in governance or management can make good what happened last year. But if the right decisions are taken, the legacy for the community and for society can, in part, be a good one. Our hope is that the neighbourhood of Grenfell Tower may make something beautiful for the future: a new model of community living that will inspire the rest of London and the UK.

Read the full article in CapX here.

Read our paper, A community-led future: A proposal for the neighbourhood of Grenfell Tower.

Our CEO tells the House of Lords why the UK must be generous and open-minded towards refugees in times of trouble

Thursday, 15 March 2018

"Unaccompanied children face unacceptable risks. For some 300,000 unaccompanied child refugees, the risks of trafficking and forced prostitution or forced labour are extremely high. We know that in the Mediterranean, more than 75% of the 1,600 14 to 16 year-olds arriving in Italy reported being held against their will or forced to work. This staggering statistic is why we should be working to ensure that there are accessible, legal pathways which allow children to apply for asylum safely from the country they are in, and not be forced to take dangerous journeys to join their families."

Watch Philippa's speech here.

In City A.M. Matthew Elliott participates in a debate considering what Italy’s election means for Europe

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Matthew Elliott debated with Italian economist, Beatrice Faleri about the impact of the Italian election. He says the election of a populist, eurosceptic government in one of the EU’s founding member states is not good news for Presidents Macron and Juncker who have spent the past six months trying to shift the EU in a more integrationist direction.

Read the full debate in City A.M. here.

Latest kidnappings demonstrate why insecurity is hampering Nigeria's pathway from poverty

Friday, 2 March 2018

Almost four years on from the Chibok crisis, the recent abduction of more than 100 schoolgirls in Dapchi illustrates why terrorism must be defeated if Nigeria is to fulfil its potential.

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The Guardian publishes an apology to Legatum Group for inaccurate and misleading reporting

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

In an example of good journalism, the Guardian has published an apology to Legatum Group and its partners for an inaccurate and misleading article published on Wednesday, 31 January 2018. 

Read the apology here.

In the Daily Telegraph Shanker Singham writes about the UK's approach to regulations following Brexit

Thursday, 22 February 2018

In an article for the Daily Telegraph, Shanker Singham, Chairman of our Special Trade Commission, writes that if global Britain is to mean anything, post-Brexit, it should include committing to and abiding by World Trade Organization and other international trade rules, pursuing national and commercial interests, deepening trade ties, and opposing protectionism in all its forms.

Read the full article in the Daily Telegraph (£).

On BBC Radio4 Shanker Singham discusses the UK's opportunities once it leaves the EU

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Shanker Singham, Chair of our Special Trade Commission, was asked by BBC Radio4's Today Programme about the changes he expects to occur as a result of the UK leaving the European Union.  

Shanker says that regulatory autonomy is important so that we can improve our own regulatory environment, work decisively in organisations such as the World Trade Organization and sign advanced, liberalising trade deals with other countries. 

Listen to the interview here (at 1:42:20).

Radomir Tylecote tells City AM that joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would be a true statement of intent by global Britain

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Participating in City AM's debate with Labour MP Alison McGovern, Radomir argued that membership of TPP would demonstrate Britain’s new trading independence.

The TPP is one of the most advanced trade agreements in the world, but doubters have suggested that, not being a Pacific nation, Britain should not or cannot join. Not so. TPP is an open agreement, and signatories have indicated they want us on board.

But we won’t be able to join in just any circumstances. We will need control over not only tariffs, but also regulations currently determined by the EU. Many do not meet TPP standards – for example, in data flows and agriculture – as they favour incumbents, harming consumer welfare. Being ready to join the TPP, and other agreements, will require that we determine regulations ourselves.

Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing region in the world, and the TPP gives Britain a trading opportunity we should not miss.

You can access the full debate here