Ben Phillips

Ben Phillips is Campaigns and Policy Director of ActionAid. Previously, he worked for Oxfam in the UK. He has lived and worked in four continents and 10 cities including New Delhi and Washington DC, as well as with children in poverty in East London. He began his development work at the grassroots, as a teacher and ANC activist living in Mamelodi township, South Africa, in 1994, just after the end of apartheid.
You’re Not Being Bold Enough

You’re Not Being Bold Enough

You're not being bold enough. I don't mean that you should be going out. Stay at home, covidiots! I'm writing this from home in Italy - and just as it is said...

Meeting Martin McGuinness

"Ben, Martin, I have to introduce you to each other," said an Irish writer who knew us both. It was Dublin March 2016, and we were there to commemorate...

After Brexit. Time to organise.

Britain has brexited. What next? The pound and the PM are freefalling, but that's not the big thing even now. The big thing is the rejection of almost the...

Jo Cox, brilliance, and kindness.

Many are, undertandably, asking what are the lessons of Jo's death. But those who had the privilege of working with Jo feel too raw to answer that. Instead,...

Life in a Town called Coal

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