It’s time to lift lives for good

If you’re in the UK, you may already have seen our new campaign: Lift Lives for Good. Oxfam’s head of economic justice, Hannah Stoddart, introduces it here and explains why 2014 will be all about tackling climate change and inequality. Today Oxfam launches a major campaign to communicate our vision of change. Lift Lives for Good is about change that lasts, where …

Can civil society influence elections?

It’s a question asked by activists around the world: how to influence politicians and their election pledges? Here, Awa Faly Ba and Jérôme Gérard share lessons from West Africa. West African electoral issues tend to be based on politicians’ agendas rather than on what voters see as critical priorities. However, over the past few years, West African civil society organisations …

An open data revolution, but what’s next?

An open data revolution has taken place in the aid transparency world in the past two years, but the story doesn’t end there. Today’s guest bloggers, Roy Trivedy and Mike Battcock from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), argue that the challenge for 2014 is to ensure that published data is used to make aid even more effective and transformative. …

In her shoes: gender justice training in Afghanistan

Putting women’s rights at the heart of all we do begins with our own teams and ways of working. Nina Gora describes a series of training workshops with Oxfam staff in Afghanistan.  In Afghanistan, 88% of women are illiterate and 87.2% experience violence. In this context the disadvantages and discrimination women experience are both evident and well documented, so the …

Syria’s refugees and the kindness of strangers

Last week Ben Phillips, Campaigns and Policy Director, visited Syrian refugee families living in Lebanon. Here, he shares their stories of survival and kindness experienced in hostile conditions.   When Aziz fled from the Syrian conflict to Lebanon, he heard about a farmer who allowed Syrian refugees to camp on his land. “How much is the rent to be on his …

Challenging lies about poverty in Wales

As poverty in Wales rises, Oxfam Cymru and the Church in Wales join forces to challenge the myths about poverty. Julian Rosser, head of Oxfam Cymru, discusses some of the myths perpetuated by the media and public debate. In 1952 that great Welshman and founder of the NHS Aneurin Bevan said, “if freedom is to be saved and enlarged, poverty …

Unmasking violence: Syrian women paint stories

Oxfam partner ARDD-Legal Aid is a Jordan-based human rights organisation, which implements the Voice refugee-centred project. As part of the 16 days of activism campaign, ARDD-Legal Aid raised awareness about gender-based violence under the theme of ‘Unmasking Violence’. Violence is an everyday reality of life, we come across it in many forms, but not many people can see it or …

Madiba: not the end

Associate Country Director for Oxfam in South Africa and former ANC activist,  Pooven Moodley shares his thoughts on the passing of Nelson Mandela, remembering his encounters with the great man and celebrating his legacy. Most South Africans have been preparing for this moment for a long time. However, none of that mental preparation could prevent the huge sense of loss and …

After Haiyan: crucial steps in the path to recovery

One month after Typhoon Haiyan devastated millions of homes and lives in the Philippines, Shaheen Chughtai reviews the situation on the ground and what’s needed for people to be able to rebuild their lives and thrive, even through future shocks. A briefing note published today outlines crucial gaps in the recovery effort and calls for increased efforts to tackle poverty and …

Autumn Statement: the poorest pay twice

Following yesterday’s Autumn Statement, Chris Johnes, Oxfam’s Director for UK Poverty, reacts to the Chancellor’s announcements and their impact on those struggling to get by in the UK.   The Chancellor announced yesterday that the UK economy was recovering, and the predictions say it will continue to grow. I am pleased that we are beginning to recover and that unemployment …