Closing the policy gap for small-scale farmers in Guatemala

In the second of a series of posts exploring the impact of government policy on small-scale agriculture, Celeste Molina asks what is needed for Guatemala’s small farmers to fulfil their potential to fight poverty and hunger? In 2012 Oxfam and IIED joined forces to create Tipping the Balance a global report exploring the connection between the policy and practice of investment and market governance …

So, why aren’t policy levers helping small farmers in Nigeria?

In 2012 Oxfam and IIED joined forces to create Tipping the Balance a global report exploring the connection between the policy and practice of investment and market governance in small scale agriculture in four countries: Nigeria, Tanzania, Guatemala and the Philippines.  Today we launch the Nigeria country case study, and in the first of a series of posts from the focus countries, Jika …

Farewell Dadaab: leaving the world’s biggest refugee camp

Following on from World Humanitarian Day, Brian McSorley gives a personal view on leaving Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, after three years of managing Oxfam’s refugee programme there. For most people, the first time they heard of Dadaab was in 2011 during the East Africa food crisis when images of weary Somalis crossing the desert fleeing drought, famine and …

What would I want in their shoes? 25 years of humanitarianism

On World Humanitarian Day we pay tribute to our colleagues working in the field, but also to the people and communities that they work with. People who daily show enormous resilience in the face of extreme challenges. Oxfam’s Humanitarian Director Jane Cocking explains more. The 2005 earthquake in Pakistan happened at about ten past nine on a Saturday morning when …

Close calls as an aid worker

Ahead of World Humanitarian Day, we asked Abdullah Ampilan what life is like as an aid worker. Here, he shares some of the scrapes he has encountered in the line of duty. But, please, no one mention it to his mum! “My son, I pray for you wherever you are,” says my mother during our last conversation over the phone …

Close calls as an aid worker just don’t tell my mother…

Ahead of World Humanitarian Day, we asked Abdullah Ampilan what life is like as an aid worker. Here, he shares some of the scrapes he has encountered in the line of duty. But, please, no one mention it to his mum!   “My son, I pray for you wherever you are,” says my mother during our last conversation over the …

Making markets work in emergencies and everyday life

In the run up to World Humanitarian Day, we’re looking at different aspects of humanitarian work and how it is evolving to better meet people’s needs. Here, Carol Brady explains the value of working with local markets in emergency situations.  There is no doubt that humanitarian interventions today are very different to those in the past. Where emergency responses were …

Can taxation reduce inequality? Lessons from Ecuador

Has Ecuador managed to fight inequality using tax reforms? As we publish three case studies on reducing inequality using development finance, Susana Ruiz Rodriguez shares lessons from Ecuador. Latin America and the Caribbean continues to be the most unequal region of the world. This is in spite of rates of growth and economic prosperity which have not been seen for …

As easy as 1,2,3? Lessons from publishing to the IATI standard

How does aid money get spent? The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) is a data standard designed to make this question easier to answer. Here, Alison Peacock shares her lessons of making Oxfam’s internal data IATI-compliant. This is Oxfam GB’s fourth year of publishing our project details to the IATI information standard, the open, international standard for publishing more, and …