100 Campaigns that Changed the World
HIV Campaigning in the 2000s

HIV Campaigning in the 2000s

April 2, 2019

in the 2000s AIDS campaigners took the issue of access to free drugs for HIV and AIDS global ... and won. With Kirsty McNeill and Simon Wright from Save the Children UK.

Kumi Naidoo

Kumi Naidoo

January 10, 2019

Episode 5 contains an interview with Kumi Naidoo, the South African Secretary General of Amnesty International, and well known campaigner on global poverty, climate justice and human rights. He covers and touches on several campaigns including Make Poverty History, Anti-Apartheid and climate change campaigns. Kumi speaks frankly about the current state of civil society, progress being won and lost and how he keeps motivated in the face of external and internal challenges.  

Ozone Layer Campaign

Ozone Layer Campaign

August 6, 2018

This interview is with Fiona Weir who is talking to me today about the Ozone layer campaign which led to phase out of most products that deplete the ozone, such as aerosols and air conditioning coolants with chlorofluorocarbons.

Scientists first discovered a hole in the ozone layer hole in 1985 and attributed its appearance to the use of CFCs. Friends of the Earth along with other organisations quickly mobilised to get an international agreement which saw CFCs being phased out. It is widely regarded as one of the most successful environmental actions ever and has been credited with the observed shrinkage of the hole in the decades that followed.

Hillsborough Justice Campaign

Hillsborough Justice Campaign

April 16, 2018

This episode features Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group. The Hillsborough disaster led to the campaign for justice for the 96 Liverpool fans who died in a crush in Hillsborough stadium during a football match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. There is a lot of information to be found about the disaster, for instance a very good BBC film from 2016. The Hillsborough justice campaign has been one of the most high-profile campaigns in the UK, which has seen the families of the 96 set against parts of the British establishment, especially the police, who have been shown to have spread misinformation on a grand scale. 

Music is by Alex Gordon.

Tax Justice

Tax Justice

April 11, 2018

The Tax Justice Network is an independent international network launched in 2003. Their mission is to ‘change the weather’ on a wide range of issues related to tax, tax havens and financial globalisation. We push for systemic change. 

in this episode I interview John Christensen is the chair and director of the Tax Justice Network. I have worked on the tax justice campaign with John, and he doesn’t fit the mould.

He trained as a forensic auditor and economist, he has worked in many countries around the world, including a period of working in offshore financial services. For 11 years he was economic adviser to the government of the British Channel Island of Jersey.  In 2003 he became what was described as “the unlikely figurehead of a worldwide campaign against tax avoidance.”

The campaign is one of the most successful campaigns that there has been in recent years on a economic issue. And it is one where the unlikely issue of tax has become – almost – trendy.

Music is by Alex Gordon.

Robin Hood Tax

Robin Hood Tax

April 10, 2018

In this pilot episode recorded last year I talk to David Hillman, who cut his campaigning teeth on the anti-Apartheid campaign before going on to work on the hugely successful effort to ban landmines and drop developing country debt. He is currently director of Stamp Out Poverty, working for a number of years on new sources of finance for development and leading UK campaigning for a Financial Transaction Tax. In 2010 he also helped create the Robin Hood Tax campaign, a network of more than 100 UK charities, trade unions, faith organisations and green groups pressing for a tax on financial transaction.

Music is by Alex Gordon.