Strikes and fuel shortages: life of a daily wage earner in Karachi

What is the impact of rapidly changing food prices on the world’s most vulnerable communities? Our recent joint research report with IDS, sought to answer this question. Here, researcher Mysbah Balagamwala reports on what she discovered in Pakistan.  For the Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility project, we visited a low-income neighborhood in Karachi to document the impact …

A call to policy makers: support small-scale agriculture

There’s an agricultural bonanza happening right now in the developing world. Global partnerships are being struck, key players are being mobilised and grand declarations are being made to change the face of farming. We can see this happening through the proliferation of global and regional public-private partnerships (PPPs) that combine public and private funds to catalyse agricultural investment. These partnerships …

Marine conservation and public health: a lesson in integration from Madagascar

Bob Dewar, a member of Oxfam’s Association, shares his experiences from a trip to Madagascar and shows the benefits of an integrated approach to development. I recently visited Andavadoaka, a remote fishing village on the southwest coast of Madagascar. Oxfam is not working there, but the projects I witnessed there illustrate some development themes that are key to Oxfam’s approach. …