Kevin Watkins

Kevin Watkins is director of the Overseas Development Institute

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If I were Prime Minister: I’d use Britain’s influence to tackle world poverty and inequality

Our series in the run-up to the General Election – 100 days, 100 contributors, but no politicians – continues with the Director of the Overseas Development Institute

'Victoria', who managed to get back home

Girls around the world pay the price for broken pledges

Twenty-five years ago, the Convention on the Rights of the Child pledged signatories to work towards a world in which all children could realise their potential. No treaty is more widely or systematically violated.

A screengrab taken on July 13, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, showing the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau

Boko Haram is a vicious sideshow - Nigeria's self-serving elite is the real culprit

The teenage girls abducted in Borno state were part of a tiny minority making it to secondary education

Residents gather amongst the devastation in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines.

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Malala Yousafzai speaking at The United Nations last week

On one side, Malala. Allied on the other - the Taliban and tax avoidance

Pakistan's Government is stymeing education on a greater scale than Malala's attackers

Education is a global priority; Podium

Oxfam's senior policy adviser, addressing an Oxfam/Co-operative Society meeting

Letter: Pain for Asia

Letter: Pain for Asia

The West can halt Africa's slide

Fifty years ago the Marshall Plan rebuilt Europe. But five years on the Rio Summit is a failure. Kevin Watkins (left) and Nicholas Schoon (below) ask if international co-operation is dead

Who'd be a son of a bitch banker?

James Wolfensohn expected acclaim, but found himself attacked. Kevin Watkins explains why

ANOTHER VIEW: Whose property is life?

Where is it going to stop? Last week, the US government quietly patented the DNA of a man living in the remote north of Papua New Guinea. Today, the European Patent Office decides on whether to confer on Harvard University intellectual property rights in a genetically manipulated mouse. Slowly, unobtrusively, behind a dense fog of technical arguments, the laws of genetic life are being revolutionised.
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