Sarah Dickson » Ambassador to Guatemala and Honduras

Opening up to economic development

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The UK’s 2010 Bribery Act is in some ways a daunting piece of legislation. It obliges us all to think about how we operate. It set a legal framework in which we make those judgements. It goes to the heart of ethical and responsible practices. So spending 5 days talking about it with experts in Guatemala and Honduras has been a time to reflect on why anti-corruption laws matter. I … Read more »Opening up to economic development

Charities for British Week

British Week 2015 seems like a long time away but traditionally we always close it with a charity ball. But what is a charity ball without the charities? So the time has come to bid for the money that we hope the ball will make. Usually in the region of over $10,000. Last year’s winners blog is here. Please submit a 1 page document explaining what your organisation does and … Read more »Charities for British Week

Joining forces for Human Rights

We have been preparing to celebrate Human Rights Day on 10th December. And for that, we have invited different organizations to participate with us in this celebration, sharing their vision and work for the rights of Guatemalans and Hondurans. It has been inspiring to read the different inputs from so many people. From a journalist in Europe talking about the situation of Freedom of Expression in Honduras, to Guatemala’s private … Read more »Joining forces for Human Rights

World Anti-Corruption Day

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The 9 December is World Anti-Corruption Day. Corruption is a complex social, political and economic phenomenon that affects all countries. It undermines democratic institutions, slows economic development and contributes to governmental instability. A couple of weeks ago Transparency International published its latest Corruptions Perceptions Index which measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption worldwide. The scores range from 100 (very clean) to 0 (very corrupt). Honduras scored 29 and … Read more »World Anti-Corruption Day

Speaking can break silence, but actions can transform reality

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To commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women I would like to share some information about the project ‘Never Again’. We are developing this project together with the National Union of Guatemalan Women (UNAMG) and Artistas Trabajando with the aim of preventing sexual violence in conflict. Today, we have a guest blogger, Margarita Lopez, who is coordinating the project: ‘Never Again’ is a project that seeks … Read more »Speaking can break silence, but actions can transform reality

Kicking violence into touch

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Anyone who saw the Honduran U23 national team playing in the London Olympics in 2012 will know how passionate Hondurans are about football. Especially if you were at St James Park to see the victory against Spain and heard the cheering this provoked. Well, last week we weren’t in one of the glorious stadiums of professional football, but in the alleys of Tegucigalpa playing street football. This version of the … Read more »Kicking violence into touch

Celebrating Girls for a Pink Future

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I have had a seriously colourful week. Magenta to be precise. Working with Plan International we have been painting the town pink, so to speak, by taking pink balloons to Congress and the Government’s National Palace and proudly wearing our pink t-shirts, badges and scarves.             11 of October is the International Day of the Girl child and we have been talking to politicians of … Read more »Celebrating Girls for a Pink Future

Seeing aid money from UK taxpayers in action

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On world humanitarian assistance day I had the good fortune to pick up an award as a humanitarian ambassador on behalf of all the people of the UK who contribute to the British government’s overseas development budget. In 2013, the UK met the target of contributing 0.7% of its national income in aid for the first time. Our total aid expenditure reached £11.4 billion, or 0.72% of national income. By … Read more »Seeing aid money from UK taxpayers in action

To be or not to be

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Watching Hamlet in the shadow of the ruins of Copan in Honduras or on the top of a hill above Antigua Guatemala is a wonderful, if extremely unusual, experience. It also felt good to be having a Shakespeare tour in the 450th anniversary of his birth. The local reactions to the Globe Theatre’s global 2 year tour to 205 countries have been overwhelmingly positive and have reminded me of the … Read more »To be or not to be

British Chamusca….

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To commemorate the International Youth Day I have invited Paúl Manchú, ACJ-YMCA General Secretary, to share with us the wonderful experience we had last March with 300 young people from different schools in Retalhuleu. ACJ-YMCA is an NGO founded in 1964, since then has worked with children and teenagers to help them to achieve their goals through recreational and sports activities. The Street Football Festival Goles por la Vida took … Read more »British Chamusca….