Anna Patton


Anna Patton is a freelance journalist and media facilitator specializing in global development and social enterprise. Currently based in London, she previously worked with development NGOs and EU/government institutions in Berlin, Brussels and Dar es Salaam as well as in the U.K., and has led media projects with grass-roots communities in Uganda and Kenya. Anna has an master’s degree in European studies — specializing in EU development policy — and is a fellow of the On Purpose social enterprise program.

Latest Articles

For the new generation of farmers, it's 'business unusual'
9 Mar 2017

Young Africans are shaking up agriculture with new ideas and sky-high ambition. The potential impact could be significant — if outdated perceptions and other barriers can be shifted.

Tackling menstrual health taboo in Uganda
10 Oct 2016

Providing access to sanitary products means figuring out affordability, distribution and demand. As menstrual health moves into the spotlight, women and girls in Uganda are slowly getting more choice.

In Uganda, a new approach for refugees — and for Ugandans
21 Sep 2016

Over half a million refugees live and work alongside nationals in Uganda, where an experiment is underway to merge aid programs targeting the two communities. Will it work?

Getting Syria's college students back into class
6 Jul 2016

Language barriers, unstable populations and ever-growing demand: Getting Syrian refugees into higher education is no small task. Devex speaks with organizations hoping to provide solutions in Turkey.

Report: Aid system should open up to local players
6 May 2016

Calls for more involvement of local and national organizations in humanitarian aid are getting louder. But while boardrooms deliberate, the outside world is moving on. Is it enough to tip the balance?

20 Apr 2016

Many refugees seeking passage to the United Kingdom find themselves mired in the "Calais Jungle": a humanitarian no-man's land and de facto refugee camp. As many of the world's donors continue to spend more foreign aid within their own borders to cope with the influx of migrants, some wonder whether more or less will be done for Europe's trapped asylum-seekers.

Selling entrepreneurship to a million students
11 Apr 2016

With more and more schools adopting their entrepreneurship program, Ugandan organization Educate! is attracting international attention — and funding. What have they learned about scaling up, and how do they plan to reach 1 million students per year?

Seeing it differently: 5 ways to challenge the social enterprise story
2 Feb 2015

A social enterprise incubator in India is challenging some of the thinking around social enterprise and how to support its growth. We spoke to its senior director, who shared five ways UnLtd India is challenging conventional thinking.

Half of DfID staff in limbo over Scotland referendum
18 Sep 2014

Nearly half of DfID's 1,280 U.K.-based staff are currently working out of the Scottish city of East Kilbride. What will happen to them if Scotland decides to break away from the rest of the United Kingdom? With the referendum decision eagerly awaited, we take a look.

Scotland referendum heaps questions over future of UK aid
15 Sep 2014

Scotland decides on Thursday whether or not to break away from the United Kingdom. If the "Yes" vote wins, how will U.K. aid programs be affected, and how will an independent Scotland shape up as a new donor? An in-depth analysis by our London-based correspondent Anna Patton.