Ebola: how Oxfam is responding in Liberia

With Liberia currently experiencing the world’s largest-ever Ebola outbreak, we asked Cathy Stephens of the Liberia WASH Consortium to explain the impact of the epidemic and how the Consortium is responding.  I am the Technical Advisor for the Liberia WASH Consortium, a group of six international NGOs, managed by Oxfam, working together to provide and advocate for water and sanitation services and …

Getting water to Zaatari during drought season

Could you cope with just 35 litres of water, the equivalent of one 5 minute shower, a day? On World Humanitarian Day, Alaa Milbes shares the situation in Zaatari refugee camp as the summer heat reaches its height and explains how Oxfam is responding. Zaatari refugee camp today is dry and dusty, with soaring temperatures. It is home to 81,000 Syrian …

Mud, rain and guns: aid work in South Sudan

On World Humanitarian Day, Peter Struijf, Oxfam’s Programme Manager for Jonglei in South Sudan, writes about the challenges of delivering aid to rural areas and the crucial role played by the local staff. South Sudan is one of the most challenging and dangerous places to be a humanitarian. This month alone, five aid workers were killed, apparently targeted because of …

Could coffee rust and El Niño cause hunger for millions?

John Magrath explains how poor coffee harvests and drought are already threatening millions in Central America with hunger. Now, with meteorologists predicting an onset of El Niño later this year, the region could face a major food crisis. Millions of poor people who grow coffee or work on coffee farms face a relentless daily struggle to earn a decent living …

The emergency is now: market analysis for preparedness

When an emergency hits how do you cope if even your normal life is a daily struggle for survival? In the run up to World Humanitarian Day Carol Brady explains how our market analysis research can play a vital role in helping vulnerable populations in and out of ’emergency’ situations. Oxfam’s research in Kenya and Guatemala shows that often the …

Gaza’s blockade, a personal story

Richard Stanforth is Oxfam GB’s Regional Policy Adviser in the Middle East. Here, he shares his personal experience of what life has been like in Gaza under the blockade. I first visited Gaza in spring 2006 when I had just become a policy officer for Oxfam covering Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory. I arrived at Erez, the only passenger …

Raising voices, demanding rights: Youth Day 2014

The late, great Nelson Mandela once said: “young people are capable, when aroused, of bringing down the towers of oppression and raising the banners of freedom.” For International Youth Day, young campaigners involved in our My Rights, My Voice (MRMV) programme explain how they’ve been speaking out and making change happen.  In a world where half the population is under …

Why education has the power to change the world

In the second of three blog posts about our My Rights My Voice Programme (MRMV), programme coordinator Sitan Cisse shares her experience of growing up in Mali, and how it has motivated her to campaign with young people for the right to good education and sexual and reproductive health services. Nelson Mandela said: ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use …

Lights, camera, action: raising youth voice through video

How can young people in developing countries take action over issues that affect them? Imogen Davies explains how our My Rights, My Voice programme is supporting under 25s to convey advocacy messages through film. People under 25 make up almost half of the world’s population. Almost 85% of these young women and men live in developing countries. Despite these staggering …