Newsletter March 2018
This is my last opportunity to invite you to our Study Day in Belfast at the Europa Hotel on 7 July 2018. The title is ‘Awareness, Advocacy, & Action for Justice’, through the 3Es of course. The intention is to feedback to you about progress on:
- the Prison Reform Work and the contribution our Transforming Lives Report has made to the agenda, in particular the ‘Transforming Lives’ project funded for 3 years by the Big Lottery;
- the full results of the slavery survey and how the information gleaned will help address the problems of slavery and trafficking across the UK.
The registration form and programme are on our web site https://sigbi.org/ukpac/studyday/
I look forward to welcoming you there.
Many thanks to those of you who responded to the survey request and encouraged others to respond, whether online or paper. The results show that 71% of clubs participated – an excellent result.
Some headlines to whet your appetites:
26% of respondents obtained their information online – including social media as well as other sites such as websites;
46% obtained information from newspapers; the range across regions was 28-37%; why was this?
The most popular sources of information were ‘the news’ 59% and TV 26%;
Only 2.4% reported information from social media;
43% of soroptimists would recognise signs of human trafficking against 25% of all respondents….much more work to be done here, I think;
43% of soroptimists knew of the Modern Slavery Helpline – a reason to learn from our breakout session at Study Day?
I do hope you will be able to join us in Belfast.
Sustainable Development Goals & Programme Reporting
It is time we considered how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and programme reporting relate to each other. Our Federation Programme Director is in the process of considering this.
There was discussion about what SDGs are important for us…and, of course, most are since SDG5 (gender) cannot be delivered without considering all 17 SDGs and their 169 targets! How do we make sense of this? Helpfully, the UN has suggested 5 areas, shown in the diagrams below; all begin with the letter ‘P’ and there are suggestions about which SDG fit in each:
People; Prosperity; Peace; Partnership; Planet.
Table of the 5Ps and the related SDGs
|5 Ps||SDG Numbers||SDG labels – the ‘quality’ and ‘Sanitation’ qualifications are mine|
|People||1,2,3,4,5||No poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health & Well-being, (Good) Quality Education, Gender Equality.|
|Planet||6,12,13,14,15||Clean Water & (Good) Sanitation, Responsible Consumption & Production, Climate Action, Life below Water, Life on Land.|
|Prosperity||7,8,9,10,11||Affordable & Clean Energy, Decent Work & Economic Growth, Industry Innovation & Infrastructure, Reduced Inequalities, Sustainable Cities & Communities.|
|Peace||16||Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions.|
|Partnership||17||Partnership for the Goals|
What do you think about using the ‘5Ps’?
Over the years I have been involved in SIGBI I have tried to illustrate why I think sending financial support to developing countries is more effective than sending ‘goods’. Understandably not all are happy with this approach, even though it is based upon my experience as an international delegate and much research evidence, for example from the Cash Learning Partnership
(CaLP – http://www.cashlearning.org ).
It is important though to ensure the money goes to the people who need it. Helping people to solve their own problems and develop sustainable solutions is the raison d’être of Practical Action. Kate Mower came to tell us about their approach and gave a fascinating talk. She invited us to use 2 earthenware pots, sand and a piece of cloth to make a ‘fridge’ which would enable fruit and vegetables to keep fresh for about 30 days. Do try it for yourselves and see how well it works! This was just one example of the work they do; for more see
We also watched 2 clips from YouTube which illustrated the general principle of helping people to help themselves:
A short ‘cartoon’ from the Cash Learning Partnership –
An example from Pune –
These are both worth watching yourselves.
Changes at UKPAC:
The officers of UKPAC are changing our email addresses so that they pass from us to our successors. We think this will make communication easier for all and avoid the inevitable confusion when officers change. I will be finishing after conference this year, as will Ann Reeves, our Communications Officer. We have a replacement for Ann – Kathy Warrick, from SI Middlesborough. Welcome Kathy.
Our addresses from 1 April will be:
Communications Officer –
We hope the new Chairman will be known by our meeting in Belfast on Friday 6 July. If you would like to come as an observer please do let Maureen Maguire, our Secretary, know. She will send you the relevant form.
As always, your comments, questions and suggestions are welcome.
See you in Belfast, I hope. It promises to be a very enjoyable and instructive day.