Lyndall Stein

Lyndall Stein is a charity director working as an interim expert on integrating campaigning, communications and fundraising. She has served as UK director of Concern Worldwide, interim CEO of Bond and the Resource Alliance, director of communications and fundraising at ActionAid and Terrence Higgins Trust, as well as having held managerial positions at in a wide range of organizations, including the African National Congress, Care International, The Big Issue, BOND, Practical Action and VSO. She has been a speaker and trainer, most recently for the African Women’s Development Trust, SOS Children’s Villages and the Institute of Fundraising. Stein is currently a Board member of Reprieve and the New Economics Foundation, and a member of the program advisory group for Care International UK.

Refugees Build Bridges Across Society

While celebrating the contribution of refugees, we must acknowledge the importance of all who are driven from their homelands not only by fear and terror, but also by desperate need. Human bridges and personal connections have been built by great movements across the globe as people escape war and persecution, hunger both for food and opportunity, and from the destructive impact on their... Continue Reading

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Britain’s Long Shadow Over Ireland

The Republic of Ireland has been an enthusiastic member of the European Union since 1973, having both gained and given so much from being part of the EU. In the toxic mayhem of Brexit Britain, one question is perhaps more confounding than most, namely how did the Irish backstop issue emerge as a surprising problem? How could Ireland, with a population of just 4.8 million, have the power to impede... Continue Reading

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A Rich River of Life: The Importance of Free Movement

In a fair world, freedom of international movement would be a fundamental human right, and the obstacles put in its way removed. The complex river of human movement brings with it creativity, resilience and, sometimes, challenges. But its fertile depths are the source of many of our gains if allowed to flow without barriers or dams as hindrances. It carries with it all those who might have... Continue Reading

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The Rohingya: When the Land You Love Burns

There are close to a million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh in desperate need of food, shelter and medical attention. The flight of the Rohingya people is an exodus of unprecedented scale and speed. Since August, over 600,000 refugees have fled Rakhine State in Myanmar. Around 300,000 of them are children, 20,000 who are completely alone, orphaned by the brutality of the Myanmar military.... Continue Reading

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The Power of the Crowd in the Internet Age

We are witnessing the continuing relevance of public protest in the age of internet. I can still remember the thunder of police horses in Grosvenor Square, the chaos, the anger and the fear, the visceral hatred for the United States and its pointless, bullying and brutal war against the Vietnamese people. My 14-year-old sister was with our mother, a veteran of the May Day demonstrations in... Continue Reading

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Fragile Lives on the Streets of Valencia

The rates of homelessness in Valencia are much higher than official counts. The Spanish city of Valencia is famous for its wonderful lace and, of course, its oranges. It is a beautiful city and has so many talented young people living there, but it also hides some sad secrets. Figures show that the unemployment rate within the city is over 20%, and this has had an impact on the increasing... Continue Reading

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Climate Change is Affecting Zimbabwe’s Poorest Communities

The people of Zimbabwe are struggling with many problems, but the scale of the challenges they are facing in this drought is more than they can manage alone. This year started with torrential rain: Bridges swept away in the north of England, my friend Colin’s studio in Yorkshire was under five feet of water and sludge. I thought about this on a long muddy walk on the Isle of Wight... Continue Reading

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Roger Casement: Remembering a Forgotten Hero

Roger Casement spent his life fighting for the oppressed, but died isolated and reviled by many because of his sexuality. I walk past the Tower of London remembering the sea of red poppies that flowed over its walls last year in commemoration of the millions of lives lost in the First World War a hundred years ago. Another precious life was also lost then, a true hero of the struggle against... Continue Reading

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Refugees Welcome at Our Table

Lyndall Stein remembers the remarkable people her parents welcomed in their London home. Growing up in in London in the 1960s, we had two tables that welcomed refugees. There was our kitchen table where my mother Jenny provided a never-ending flow of her nourishing bean soup, warmth and sustenance to the constant flow of refugees from South Africa, who fled prison and death but continued... Continue Reading

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