We won’t make work pay without investment in single parents’ education

Gingerbread, the UK-based single parent charity, has today launched a new report calling for more government investment in further education for single parents. Gingerbread’s campaign officer, Matt Hawkins, explains here how this would not only turn the tide on child poverty, but also benefit the UK economy. A quarter of British families are headed by single parents and yet the …

Yemen’s fuel and water crisis is putting lives at risk

As fuel prices soar people in Yemen are struggling to access water, even water unsafe for drinking. The stability of the country and the welfare of its people is at stake. Chad Anderson describes the situation on the ground and introduces our new Yemen Crisis briefing. I met the Ajar family in the small village of Al Hoda’an, last month, close to …

World must get off the bench on resolving conflict in Africa

As half the global population unites to watch the World Cup, Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, calls on world leaders to unite to bring peace and an end to hunger in Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and the Central African Republic.  As famous footballers from across the globe are competing for in Brazil, millions of fans from Africa are …

What does it feel like to be a refugee? Perceptions from Jordan

On World Refugee Day we hear from Alexandra Saieh, Oxfam’s policy officer for our Syria crisis response in Jordan, as she reflects on our recent research on the perceptions of displaced Syrians living in Jordan. What does it feel like to be a refugee, forced to flee to an unfamiliar country and dependent on humanitarian assistance to survive? How do …

What’s different about the global partnership for education?

Next week’s Global Partnership for Education (GPE) conference is a key moment for the post-2015 education agenda. Aid and inequality policy adviser, Nicola McIvor, reflects on the GPE and hopes that donors will show their commitment to education for all. In 2000, when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were established, over 102 million children of primary school age were out of …

Help us celebrate 21 years of Gender & Development

As Oxfam’s Gender & Development journal marks its 21st year, assistant editor Liz Cooke looks back on the role it played during her student days and asks readers to take five minutes to share their views on the journal and what it means to them. This year Oxfam’s Gender & Development  journal turns 21. That’s 64 journal issues, 683 articles, 50 …

Help yourself – going it alone to achieve food security

If you and your family were going hungry, would you expect your government to do something about it? Policy research adviser Richard King discusses the second year results of our food price volatility research which looks at people’s awareness of, and ability to realise, their right to food. Oxfam and the Institute of Development Studies recently published the latest report …

Why peace in Syria is dependent on women’s inclusion

Jane Remme, our regional gender adviser for the Middle East and Commonwealth of Independent States, attended this week’s summit on sexual violence in conflict and came away inspired by the role of Syrian women in challenging the violence and discrimination in order to work towards and inclusive peace in Syria.  The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, co-chaired by …

87 seconds to capture five years of change. Can it be done?

It may not have had a red carpet premiere, but as Jacky Repila explains, the Raising Her Voice animation, launched this week is cause for celebration. Here, she gives us her guide to the making of an Oxfam first.   Ever had a message to convey that you knew was really important and yet also very complex to explain? …45 …

How will you Raise Her Voice?

Yesterday Emily Brown, Oxfam’s Gender and Governance Advisor launched a new animation on women’s political voice – and today, to inspire you, she shares a selection of the finest feminist activist sites from around the world. Between 2008 and 2013, Raising Her Voice supported over one million marginalised women to be heard. To celebrate this – and show the value …