Syria Crisis: We are not alone

“So mummy are we beggars now?” is a question Sahra’s daughters asked her. It’s virtually the first thing she tells us when we visit her and other women refugees in Shabreeha, South Lebanon. The women have been in Lebanon between four and ten months. Sahra (35), her husband and three children fled the conflict in Syria with little but the …

Walking the breadline: tackling the scandal of food poverty in Britain

The use of foodbanks in the UK is on the rise, and over half a million people are now thought to be reliant on emergency food aid. Today, Church Action on Poverty and Oxfam are launching Walking the Breadline, a new briefing paper that highlights the rise in food poverty on our doorstep. Niall Cooper, Chief Executive of Church Action …

Good, but needs to go further – our verdict on this week’s disaster risk reduction conference

Ben Murphy writes from the Global Platform, the disaster risk reduction summit and argues that urgent action is needed to transform the losing battle against risk. Disaster risk is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today. Hazards such as droughts, floods and cyclones are increasing in frequency and severity, compounded by the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation. …

Squeezed: living with volatile food prices

Food prices have been rising globally for over five years. As we launch Squeezed, our new research report on food price volatility, Richard King explains how food price pressure is affecting people’s wellbeing and development around the world.  Squeezed. This one word encapsulates how many people across the world are feeling on a daily basis as a result of the cumulative …

Risk, fragility and resilience: lessons from typhoons and conflict

As we launch our new paper  No Accident,  Dante Dalabajan reflects on resilience and shares lessons from Mindanao, a conflict-afflicted region, which has been hit by two devastating typhoons. Two popular books recently brought the issue of resilience into renewed prominence in the global discourse and shook our preconceived notions of risk and fragility. In the book Resilience: Why Things …

Are governments meeting their MDG spending targets?

Government Spending Watch, a site that collates MDG spending, launches today. Guppi Bola and Rachel Bladon explain how this powerful tool will be critical in holding governments to account. In the world of development, money answers many questions. If we’re interested in finding out how far we’ve come in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) or in what direction we should go for …

What’s the poverty footprint of cut flowers? Oxfam’s new report with IPL

In our latest Poverty Footprint report, released today, we’ve teamed up with IPL (owned by ASDA and the biggest importer of fresh produce into the UK).  Our report aims to help IPL and their peers to understand more about how different sourcing strategies impact on the lives of small-scale producers and workers in Kenya.  At Oxfam we firmly believe no business …

Syria crisis: Reema, a girl whose face you’ll never see

Today I met a girl whose face you’ll never see because she’s too scared about what will happen when she returns to Syria, “I don’t want my photograph to be taken because I’m afraid that when we go back something might happen to us.”  If I quoted her on everything she said, you would say I made it up.  She’s 12 …

Syria crisis: The story of Manal

Katy Wright is our Head of UK Government Relations. She recently travelled to Lebanon with women’s rights campaigner, Lady Fiona Hodgson, and Oxford MP and Oxfam Association Member, Nicola Blackwood. They visited to see how Oxfam is dealing with the humanitarian response in the region, but what stayed with Katy was the human impact of the Syrian crisis – and the story …

History is made as Nigeria passes domestic violence law

As we celebrate Nigeria’s parliamentary approval of a landmark bill on gender based violence, we ask what, and who, made the difference the third time around? History was made in Nigeria this March. On its third reading, the 360 member House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria passed the Violence against Persons (Prohibition) Bill. …