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The cash bargain: travelling between aspirations and possibilities

OPINION: The World Humanitarian Summit process has shown that when consensus is needed to formulate commitments among States, there are still a lot to be done to change perceptions regarding the value of cash transfer programming and the role it should play in humanitarian assistance.  Paula Gil Baizan, CaLP’s Advocacy Coordinator, takes us through cash transfer programmes should be higher …

9 things on Oxfam’s ‘bucket list’ for World Water Day

Meet our bucket. It’s a bucket known throughout humanitarian community as the ‘Oxfam bucket’, it was designed by Oxfam and has spent years saving lives around the world. On World Water Day, here are nine things on Oxfam’s ‘bucket list’ of facts about how this bucket saves lives. The tap stops people dipping (unclean) cups, hands, or other containers into …

Editor’s choice 2015

It’s been a busy year for Oxfam, and this is reflected in the sheer quantity, quality and diversity of topics covered on the Policy & Practice blog. Here are some of our favourite posts for each month of 2015 with tips on everything from working with civil society to corporations, and inspiration from aid work, to campaigns and research. January …

From peepoo bags to healthy villages – delivering safe, sustainable sanitation

To mark World Toilet Day, SWIFT Consortium Learning and Communications Support Officer Emma Feeny describes how Oxfam is aiming to bridge the gap between emergency sanitation responses and long-term, sustainable solutions. Perhaps it’s not polite to say so, but Oxfam has been into poo for some time. You could even call us poo experts, such is the respect in which …

Go behind the brands you buy

Horsemeat scandal got you wondering where your food really comes from? Well, we’ve got good news and bad news. The good news: Oxfam has just released a simple way for you to find out which of the biggest food and drinks companies have the best – and the worst – social and environmental policies. The bad news: None of the …