Justin Forsyth

Justin is Chief Executive of Save the Children. He took up the role in September 2010 and has increased our impact for children: increasing income in the past five years by over £150m, recruiting hundreds of thousands of new supporters, pioneering new innovative strategies for change from the Humanitarian Leadership Academy to the No Child Born to Die campaign thereby enabling Save the Children to more than double the number of children we help from 8m to 17.4m in recent years. Justin started his career in the early 1990s as a policy adviser for Oxfam, where he rose through the ranks to director of policy and campaigns before joining 10 Downing Street as an adviser to Tony Blair. There he led efforts on poverty and climate change and was one of the driving forces behind the Make Poverty History campaign. He stayed on under Gordon Brown as his strategic communications campaigns director.

Sustainable Development Goals: Not Just a Piece of Paper

Tuesday 29 September 2015 by Justin Forsyth

The Sustainable Development Goals agreed in New York by world leaders are a pivotal moment in history.

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Refugee crisis: A test of our humanity

Friday 4 September 2015 by Justin Forsyth

Like me, I’m sure you’ve been shocked by the media coverage over the last few days – especially the heart-breaking picture of the little Syrian boy, Alan Kurdi, drowned off the coast of Turkey. His tragic death has captured the hearts of millions of people across the world.

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Calais crisis: children’s stories speak to a wider truth

Tuesday 4 August 2015 by Justin Forsyth

We have a proud history of offering sanctuary to refugees, whether they were running from Nazi persecution, the Vietnamese war or the conflict in the Balkans. In a modern mirror to that proud tradition, Save the Children believes the UK government could take in at least 1,500 of the most vulnerable unaccompanied children currently adrift in Italy and Greece, a calculation that considers the UK’s GDP, population, existing numbers of refugees and asylum seekers and unemployment rates.

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Let’s make 2015 the year of action/2015

Monday 6 July 2015 by Justin Forsyth

The first rule of show business is never work with children or animals. The first rule of global G8 negotiations should be avoid naked flames.

It was 2005 and the Make Poverty History campaign was everywhere. Britain was the host of that year’s Gleneagles G8 summit of world leaders and Tony Blair had put Africa at the top of his agenda.

Now the Prime Minister had Bono, Bob Geldof, Richard Curtis and an unprecedented coalition of charities breathing down his neck. 20 years after Live Aid, Live 8 was about to host concerts in nine cities around the world, with a potential audience of 3 billion people.

The PM and Chancellor Gordon Brown both had high hopes for what could be achieved, but on this particular day Michael Jay, Blair’s sherpa – or, in layman’s terms, chief negotiator – had been trapped for hours with his international counterparts, and felt he was getting nowhere.

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Mediterranean crisis: harrowing stories show need to do more for children

Thursday 18 June 2015 by Justin Forsyth

I’m in Sicily where I’ve been hearing the harrowing stories of children and families who’ve survived the perilous trip from Libya across the Mediterranean Sea.

Every day, thousands are fleeing persecution in their homeland, in search of a better life in Europe.

A series of tragedies earlier this year highlighted the huge risks they’re taking, and put the spotlight on the EU’s heartless decision to stop search and rescue operations.

But even though search and rescue operations have resumed, I’ve been discovering that the ordeal doesn’t end when migrants reach dry land.

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Five Save the Children staff killed in Afghanistan

Tuesday 14 April 2015 by Justin Forsyth

Last Friday, news reached us of the death of five of our colleagues in Afghanistan. The five – Mansoor Ahmad Rahmanzai, 25, Rafiullah Salihzai, 27, Naqibullah Afkar, 29, Mohammad Haroon, 27 and Mohammad Naeem, 24 – had been abducted by an armed group five weeks ago in southern Uruzgan province. Despite desperate efforts to negotiate their release, they we’re murdered by their captors.

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A wake-up call: lessons from Ebola for the world’s health systems

Tuesday 3 March 2015 by Justin Forsyth

We all know the dreadful toll that Ebola has taken in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. It is not over. A conference today in Brussels is trying to maintain international support for the job of reaching zero cases and helping these countries to recover.

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The human cost of Ebola (part 2)

Wednesday 4 February 2015 by Justin Forsyth

Since the crisis began 221 health workers in Sierra Leone have lost their lives of a total of 1536 in a country with a huge shortage before Ebola struck. At the children’s hospital in Freetown you realise the impact of every health workers’ death. They lost one of their most impressive doctors last year. They now have only have three for a 200-bed hospital. This means they have to work 24 hours a day.

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The human cost of Ebola (part 1)

Tuesday 3 February 2015 by Justin Forsyth

I met 15-year-old Joshua, a survivor and his mother Gbassy in a small health clinic a few hours drive from the capital Freetown. Joshua had been discharged from Save the Children’s treatment centre on New Year’s Day with his 10-year-old brother. His mother had also survived at another treatment centre but his four-month sister, one-year and four-year old brothers all died. So did his father and 15 other members of his extended family. Like so many children here, Joshua is still in shock and traumatised by his experience.

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Ebola Crisis: emergency response in Sierra Leone

Thursday 1 January 2015 by Justin Forsyth

Save the Children is responding to the Ebola outbreak in four provinces in Sierra Leone, with a strong focus on raising awareness and breaking transmission at the source.

Our programmes also focus on strengthening or helping re-establish national healthcare services where these have been weakened by the outbreak. Our health, child protection, education and child rights work has so far reached around 100,000 people since the start of the response in March 2014.

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