Are we sincere about leaving no one behind?

By Matt Davies (Mexico) I was recently reading an article by members of Social Watch about the UN post-2015 development agenda which will see the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – a change cynics might say that goes little further than one letter in an acronym. However, the process…

Fighting for Food Security in Guatemala

By Matt Davies (Mexico) A few weeks ago, I received a circular email which featured the passing of legislation in Guatemala commonly known as the “Monsanto Law“, or as it is officially called, la Ley de Obtención Vegetal (Law for the Protection of New Plant Varieties). As is common around the world when governments wish…

Fight Poverty, Not Immigrants

By Matt Davies (Mexico) News of President Obama’s call for more federal funding to tackle the “humanitarian crisis” of child migrants has attracted a lot of media attention. The US Department of Homeland Security has apprehended 52,000 unaccompanied child migrants crossing the border since last October. What seems to have driven the recent increase in…

Child Labor on the Streets of Mexico City

By Matt Davies (Mexico) I’ve recently been lucky enough to attend several cultural events in  Mexico City organised as part of the “Festival de México”. Music, film, theatre, all offered free by the city government as part of the huge array of cultural programmes available to those of us living in this fascinating city. My…

Dignity: A Compass to Show us the Way

By: Matt Davies (Mexico) At the end of September, the General Assembly of the United Nations held a special event on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The eight MDGs were launched in 2000 in order to provide a framework for the international community to eradicate poverty, ranging in thematic areas from poverty and hunger, education,…

Impressions of Haiti

By Matt Davies (Mexico) I was recently invited by the ATD Fourth World team in Haiti to spend a week with them to know more about the work they are doing and get to know the active members of ATD Fourth World in the country. I had not traveled to Haiti before. Yet it is…