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Overcoming extreme poverty: remembering Father Joseph Wreskinski, the UN’s Declaration for the Eradication of Poverty, and where we are today

Tuesday, 17th October, 2017

Father Joseph

The 17th October this year will mark the 30th anniversary of the call to action made by Father Joseph Wresinski that inspired World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty. It is the 25th anniversary since a Declaration by the General Assembly encouraging UN countries to observe and promote this day. The World Bank’s index for ‘extreme poverty’ is US$1.90 a day.    Wresinki’s call to action was unveiled in the presence of…

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Changing the future of migration: invest in food security and rural development

Friday, 13th October, 2017


Next Monday is World Food Day and glad to see that the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)’s theme for this year makes crystal clear the link between food insecurity / rural underdevelopment and the growth in international and internal migration.   We are all familiar with the first of these types of migration, the ongoing conflict in Syria resulting in the largest movement of people…

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This year’s Save the Rhino Autumn Dinner auction

Tuesday, 26th September, 2017

Save the Rhino International Logo

Just a very quick note to say how honoured we – both Journeys by Design and Wild Philanthropy, together with Namibia’s Ongava Lodge and Huab Under Canvas  – are to have one of our safaris auctioned off at this year’s up and coming Save the Rhino Autumn Dinner. Save the Rhino is an excellent charity,…

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Experience: our new brochure and remote Tanzania in September    

Friday, 22nd September, 2017

Mahale Chimp Family

A quick blog introducing JbD’s calendar-concept brochure Experience, and highlighting it’s September offer. Something of a tome, it’s been a long time coming, but it’s here, ready, and very beautiful. Big thanks to One Darnley Road, who have worked tirelessly with us on our brand for nearly ten years, and who have once again come…

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30 seconds with Graeme Lemon of Wild Expeditions

Friday, 15th September, 2017

I recently caught up with Graeme Lemon, the country manager of Wild Expeditions, a responsible tour operator running mobile tented camps throughout Ethiopia. A joint shareholding between Wild Enterprise (Wild Philanthropy‘s impact investment arm) and four local Ethiopian shareholders, Wild Expeditions strives to venture into some of the most unexplored and remote areas that Ethiopia…

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A total ban on ivory trade: the UK’s still out of step

Friday, 25th August, 2017

While it did make the press, the Conservative’s decision to drop its pledge to ban all ivory trade in the UK from its 2017 manifesto faced little opposition in the run up to the election. Currently, UK law bans trade in post-1947 ‘worked’ (antique) ivory, except for those 1947 to 1990 pieces issued a government…

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Wild Philanthropy: an update

Wednesday, 16th August, 2017

Will-in-helicopter-with Anti-Poaching Team at Moyowosi

If you’re wondering where we’re at with Wild Philanthropy, you’re not alone. Things have been moving a pace and much has evolved since the conception of the idea over a decade ago. Paul Herbertson is increasingly driving the model forward as Will’s right hand man as Conservation Enterprise Director. His job share between Fauna &…

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Dr. Liz Greengrass tells her story

Friday, 23rd June, 2017

Last week I had the opportunity to catch Liz Greengrass, Born Free’s associate director. Aside from her tales of near death experiences including stepping on a black mamba in Tanzania, being beaten up by the alpha male chimp, shot at in a high speed car chase when her rogue taxi driver refused to stop at…

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Happy International Women’s Day

Wednesday, 8th March, 2017

Millicent from One Girl Can on International Women's Day

For international women’s day we hear from two women: Millicent and Esther. From a society where getting a full education is incredibly difficult, these are just two inspiring stories about individuals overcoming great hardships to reach their goals – and both eventually gaining scholarships from international charity, One Girl Can. My name is Millicent. I have…

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UK ivory trade debate

Tuesday, 21st February, 2017

The Journeys by Design team outside the Houses of Parliment waiting for the ivory trade debate to begin

Last Monday the Journeys by Design team travelled up to the houses of parliament ready to watch the debate on the UK ivory trade. Yes, there is still a legal ivory trade in the UK. If it’s news to you, you’re not alone. We took the short journey up to London in order to check…

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