The inside track from Progressio's International development experts

Passion for bee keeping secures economic freedom in Zimbabwe

Ignatius Pfengwe, an 83 year old man living in Zimbabwe, has secured a sustainable income through his passion and talent for bee keeping, which has flourished with the help of Progressio and its local partner organisation, Environment Africa.

Ignatius, who lives in the Nyanga region of Zimbabwe, is one of hundreds of farmers Progressio has supported to achieve food security through cost effective and environmentally sustainable farming methods.


A New Year's message from Mark Lister, Progressio Chief Executive

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2015. This is a year of huge opportunity for us all, and for our planet.

This is a seminal year for international development; the world’s leaders have a chance to shape the future of goals, agreements and treaties which will impact all of us.

Progressio has 75 years of experience of working with the some of the poorest and most marginalised people. This experience has shown us that the decisions that will be made this year are all the more significant to their lives.

For the Love of... Bishops?

Progressio has been watching the Lima Conference with a keen eye and excited anticipation. This conference marks the very last chance for delegates from all over the world to gather together and put some solid commitments on the table before any final deal is agreed at Paris next year. Right now any such deal hangs in the balance. That is why this event has been so important.

Commitments need to be made and they need to be bold. 

A reason to celebrate: 0.7% Bill passes Third Reading!


The International Development Bill has passed its Third Reading!

We are thrilled to be able to share this exciting and game changing news with you. You may have noticed that we’ve been campaigning hard over the past couple of months to get MPs to #turnupsavelives and turn the 0.7% aid target in to a law, protected from future governments and anti-aid rhetoric.


Teclah's message for World AIDS Day 2014

'It takes a caring heart, perseverance and a lot of education to overcome stigma.'

Teclah Ponde's work supporting some of the world's most marginalised people living with HIV and AIDS to access treatment and overcome stigma has been inspirational. We asked Teclah to tell us what motivates her and to share her own personal message for World AIDS Day 2014. Here's what Teclah told us: 

Q: What motivates you to work to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS?


So you've emailed your MP and asked them to #turnupsavelives... what next?

We've all been there. Me especially. You fire off an email to your MP in an attempt to get them to listen to you about an issue you really care about, and you want a response. You want a real response which tells you they've listened, they care and they are going to act.

You expect them to take your side and represent you, just like they are paid to. Right? 

But it doesn't always happen.

Our MPs don't always give us the response we're looking for. In fact, sometimes, they don't bother to respond at all.

This is pretty dissapointing experience.


Three ICS volunteers take a HIV test to raise awareness at home

Three former ICS volunteers have visited their local clinics to get tested for HIV in recognition of World AIDS Day.

Andreia Fausto, Nekisha De Costa and Thomas Inglehearn went to clinics in Leeds, London and Lilongwe (the capital of Malawi) to show solidarity with those they worked with during their ICS placement and to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS.

Becoming a light to the community on HIV and AIDS

When Progressio started partnering with the Talowadag Coalition in 2006, the network of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) had 21 members. Now, the group includes more than 680 people who are living positively with HIV. 87% of these people are women. The group has become a beacon of hope and a source of much-needed support for the community. This world AIDS Day, we are sharing the stories of empowered people who are combating stigma against HIV.

Finding hope as parents living with HIV

Mariam Abdullah Hassan lives with her husband, a son and two daughters in Al-Rabassa Street, Hodeidah. When Mariam and her husband found out they were living with HIV, life felt as though it had stopped because of the discrimination that exists in Yemen. But, with shared information and counselling, things have changed. In the run up to World AIDS Day, we are telling Mariam's story.

How we fight HIV discrimination in Yemen

Afrah is a mother of five. She is also a widow living with HIV.  As a member of Progressio partner organisation, Women in Sustainable Development (WASD), she has recieved support and been empowered through workshops on HIV and AIDS. Before World AIDS Day, hear Afrah's story.

Through WASD, Afrah attended several workshops on HIV and AIDS conducted by Progressio. She learned the facts about HIV and AIDS, its transmission and, crucially, mother to child contractions. As a mother, this training has been essential.