Aid in challenging times: where next for UK development assistance?

What does UK development assistance look like at the end of 2014? What does 2015 hold in store? And what can the UK do to remain truly pro-poor in its work? Nicola McIvor, Oxfam’s Development Finance Policy Adviser, guides us through the Development Assistance Committee’s (DAC) recent review of UK aid, looking at the successes of the past year and …

Are you paying a living wage? Four ways to check

There is no single, universal way to calculate a living wage. It is contextual with a wide range of influencing factors leading to significant variation on national and regional levels. Here, Paulien Osse explains how companies can find the details they need to provide a living wage. A living wage is a moral imperative; it serves as a beacon of …

Rana Plaza: a catalyst for progress on living wage

Following our recent paper looking at the steps being taken towards delivering a living wage across global supply chains, Aleix Gonzalez Busquets of C&A and Andy York of N Brown Group explain why they, along with several other garment brands, have agreed a set of living wage principles in the wake of the recent Accord on Fire and Building Safety …

Aid for Syrian refugees needs to extend to support host countries

As millions of Syrians are now taking refuge in neighbouring countries such as Lebanon, the infrastructure and public services are feeling the strain. Here, Camilla Jelbart Mosse outlines why there is a need to support refugees, while also building the resilience of host communities to cope with the crisis. Sitting last week with a group of Syrian refugees in Lebanon’s …

Defining a living wage means understanding the local context

To mark Human Rights Day, Oxfam published a paper outlining why a living wage is essential and positive steps that have been taken to achieve it. Here, Mike Kelly, Chairman of the Living Wage Advisory Council and of the Living Wage Foundation, looks at how the issue of a living wage is being discussed. Since the financial crash of 2008 more …

South Sudan: “A situation unique in humanitarian history”

12 months after the world’s newest nation was plunged into conflict, Oxfam Humanitarian Director, Jane Cocking, looks back on a year of war, suffering, but some remarkable achievements in South Sudan Civil war erupted in South Sudan last December as President Kiir accused his onetime deputy, Riek Machar, of plotting to overthrow him and fighters loyal to Machar seized control …

An unsanitary tale of urban Pakistan

Floods and drought in rural areas are leading to mass migration into urban centres, however, weak governance and disempowered communities are leading to ever-worsening issues of sanitation and hygiene. Here, Alan Brouder looks at the living conditions in Dadu, Pakistan and steps being taken to improve upon it, including formation of active citizenship groups for community development. In the city …

What would it take to deliver a living wage in supply chains?

The concept of a living wage is not something new, but with recent reports warning of the lag between wages and productivity and outlining the failures in trickle down economics, it is in the spotlight. On Human Rights Day, Rachel Wilshaw talks about what has been done and what more companies can do to ensure that a living wage is …

From Nigeria to Canada to the UK gender-based violence knows no borders

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is a global campaign, bookended quite deliberately by two international days of reflection and action which open and close it: the International Day of Eliminating Violence Against Women and International Human Rights Day. It’s a period that we take very seriously at Oxfam. We cannot work with others to overcome poverty without …