David Archer

London-based David Archer is ActionAid’s Head of Programme Development. He recently led the development of People’s Action to End Poverty – ActionAid’s strategy for 2012-2017 – and People's Action in Practice, a resource that explains ActionAid’s Human Rights Based Approach.

David was previously ActionAid's Head of Education and in the 1990s developed the Reflect approach to adult learning. He has 25 years experience working on rights-based approaches to education, building civil society coalitions on education across Africa, Asia and Latin America. David is a co-founder and Board Member of the Global Campaign for Education, manages the Right to Education Project and sits on the Board of the Global Partnership for Education

Latest blogs

There are some major challenges in access, quality and equity in the Liberian education system – but is privatisation the right solution? Of the total population, 47% of Liberia have received no...
The Sustainable Development Goal on education establishes ambitious targets and to finance the achievement of these, we need a radical shift, a rebuilding of confidence in the capacity of the...
The role of the private sector in education has become a very hot issue internationally and it has tended to lead to generalised and polarised statements rather than nuanced debates.  Attempts...
The line-up was truly impressive: Ban Ki-moon, Malala Yousafzai, Gordon Brown, Julia Gillard, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from Pakistan, Prime Minister Sohlberg from Norway, countless Ministers and...
On 17th June Julia Gillard visited the Bowling Green Lane office of ActionAid UK. I invited her in her capacity as Chair of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) – on whose board I sit as an...
Reflections on the Incheon DeclarationI am writing this one hour after the Incheon Declaration was finally approved - and there is much to be celebrated at the World Education Forum (WEF) that is...
ActionAid welcomes the excellent news that Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi have jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize 2014. Much has been made of the decision to choose an Indian and a Pakistani,...
Despite the plight of more than 200 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls grabbing the world's attention, there remains insufficient focus on the wider issues of education and gender politics in Africa's...
Over the past two years I have been an active member of the Learning Metrics Task Force (LMTF), an international effort convened by the Unesco Institute of Statistics and the Center for Universal...
As presidents and prime ministers gather in New York at the UN General Assembly, secretary general Ban Ki-moon has launched an unprecedented special initiative called Education First. This is driven...