The latest news from Cyan International.

A significant moment for global action

On 27 September 2015, the United Nations Sustainable Development summit concluded by passing 17 new global goals for sustainable development. Building upon the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expired this year, the new goals will commit all countries to improving the lives of people everywhere.

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MPs vote for 0.7% of national income to be spent on overseas aid

Back in 2013, Cyan International campaigned for the government to uphold its 0.7% commitment with other NGOs as part of the IF Campaign.

Almost two years later, on 5 December 2014, MPs turned out in force and voted overwhelmingly for a British commitment to overseas aid. The International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill will next be taken to the House of Lords where it will hopefully be voted upon and passed before the general election in May 2015. Read more

Redefining Development: the future beyond 2015

Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening speaks at the Bond Conference 2014

Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening speaks at the Bond Conference 2014

Cyan International attended the annual Bond Conference (10 November 2014) alongside over 900 delegates and a wide range of speakers including Jay Naidoo, Secretary of State Justine Greening and Bill Gates.


With the post-2015 development goals soon to emerge Cyan was encouraged by the desire for a coherent and global approach to poverty reduction. The continual need for organisations to listen to partners, to be accountable to our partners and beneficiaries, and ensure the effectiveness of our work was expressed throughout the conference. Read more

Afghanistan election landmark

Cyan International is encouraged by the commitments to Afghanistan’s future development that have emerged from the recent power sharing agreements between Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah. Read more

From displacement to cash crop farming: the ongoing story of restoration for communities in northern Uganda

chili crop12 communities are rebuilding their lives following the conflict in Northern Uganda. A multi-phased programme has enabled farmers to secure their land, learn environmentally responsible farming techniques, negotiate with buyers and develop a business. livelihoods have improved, and exciting opportunities are ahead. Read more

Christmas babies in Chad

Three years ago, Guinebor II community hospital opened, off the beaten track on the edge of N’Djamena in Chad. Celebrating this anniversary, the hospital staff look back over the last three years and reflect on similarities to the Christmas story.

The hospital has seen the birth of 1,830 babies and treated 35,000 outpatients.

So far this month (half way through December), there have been 53 deliveries, more than three a day. One caesarean really stands out. Read more

New fund launched for pre-project work

Cyan International has launched a new fund for pre-project work.


The fund has been created in recognition that good projects arise from good pre-project planning, including baseline information gathering, resource mapping and community consultation. Read more

Improving maternal health in 2013

Throughout history, more women have died in childbirth than men have died in battle.


Furthermore, for every woman who dies due to a pregnancy or childbirth complication, approximately 20 others suffer injuries, infection and disabilities. And the ripples of poor maternal health continue outwards from each individual woman, adversely affecting the infants and children, wider family and community. Read more

Improving safety within Bangladesh’s garment industry

Recent tragedies in Dhaka’s garment industry have highlighted the importance of improving safety standards and ensuring protection for factory workers. Read more

Advocating for improved maternal health with a white ribbon

Cyan International has joined the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood. The Alliance, founded in 1999, adopted the white ribbon as its emblem, a symbol of mourning in some places and yet a symbol of hope and life in other places, in dedication to the memory of all girls and women who have died needlessly in pregnancy and childbirth. Read more