I am Parliamentary Adviser here at Sightsavers. I work across all our advocacy themes, taking the research, evidence and policy positions put together by my colleagues in the Policy Team out to the people in a position to make the changes we seek, primarily politicians in Westminster and Brussels. I also keep on top of what’s going on in the political world that might affect our work, to ensure Sightsavers stays relevant and on top of the latest political developments.
Before joining Sightsavers I worked in the advocacy department of Save the Children, in a similar Parliamentary role; and before that I was at the Institute of Development Studies, doing events and public affairs for the organisation.
I’ll be blogging on a range of issues – but the common thread will be how the work that Sightsavers does interacts with the political sphere, at the UK and EU levels.
Why 2015 matters - globally and locally
Sightsavers’ Charlie Matthews on this year’s big plans.
We were delighted that the policy motion on Reducing Poverty and Discrimination was 'overwhelmingly' passed - meaning that disability-inclusive development is now official Liberal Democrat party policy.
Past Conservative conferences have seen a lot of debate and discussion of the party’s commitment to aid and development – how did this year compare?
While many focused on the lack of excitement in the conference hall, as I travel back to Brighton I feel reassured about the future of Britain's development policy if Labour was to win the next election.
Let's make MPs stand up for those without a voice
The party conference season represents a once-a-year opportunity to get a feel for what the parties – not just MPs but members and activists too – think and feel about the issues Sightsavers works on.
Disability and development: a closer look
In November of last year, the International Development Select Committee announced they would be holding an inquiry into disability and development.
Bringing the party along
It's clear that the Conservative party is becoming ever more comfortable with international development as part of their policy portfolio.
Development: A crucial part of Labour's offering?
There are signs that Ivan Lewis is making an attempt to reclaim development as a political issue.
Inclusive early education in Malawi
Our recent trip was a chance to showcase our work to policymakers in the UK.
Development at the Lib Dem party conference
What would a new Lib Dem focus on international issues mean for development?
The Paralympic Games kick off in London next week, and it seems it’s not just me who’s excited.
The Olympic Hunger conference
Yesterday the UK hosted a summit to try and tackle the problem of global hunger and malnutrition.
The High Level Panel and people in poverty
Yesterday Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the UN, announced the membership of the High Level Panel on the post-2015 Development Agenda. So now that we know who is on the Panel, what do we think of it?
World Water Day blogClean water and sanitation are included in the UN Millennium Development Goals.
There was no mention at all of international aid in today’s Budget statement by Chancellor George Osborne. That’s actually great news...