Understanding unpaid care in Ethiopia through first-hand testimonies

In late November 2014, the WE-Care project conducted four rapid care analyses in the Oromia Region of central Ethiopia. The purpose of the rapid care analyses was to shine a light on the burden of women’s unpaid care work. Here, Helina Alemarye and Jane Remme explore their findings through the first-hand testimony of the women involved. “Essat essatwa yegna sira …

Unmasking Asia’s economic success

Decades of sustained economic growth have seen Asia grow ever wealthier. But, as Oxfam’s Asia Deputy Regional Director Lan Mercado explains, Asia’s successes have come at a huge cost. An estimated 500 million people across Asia remain trapped in extreme poverty, forced by discrimination and closed political systems into lives of poverty and insecurity. Now it stands at a crossroads. …

14 ways to better promote active citizenship

Oxfam’s active citizenship case studies employ a ‘theory of change approach’ to explore how change happens in different contexts. They cover a wide range of programmes, both in terms of geography and sector, and have produced some thought-provoking findings regarding programme design, effective ways of working, staff cultures and some of the recurrent dilemmas in promoting active citizenship through aid.  …

A new standard for humanitarian action

The Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) has been developed to rally all humanitarian actors around a single standard of humanitarian action, and thereby improve performance. Nigel Timmins, Deputy Humanitarian Director, was part of the writing team. Here, he describes the challenges involved in writing the new standard and highlights the benefits it will bring. Over the years I have been involved …

What trends will we see in humanitarian policy and practice in 2015?

As we begin 2015, Tara Gingerich looks at some of the trends that we can expect to see in humanitarian policy and practice this year, and suggests that the way we conduct humanitarian assistance needs to change to address the new challenges.        One of my favorite parts of my job at Oxfam is reading new research findings …

Why companies fail to pay a living wage (at least in their supply chains)

With companies seeking to maximise profits to meet investors’ expectations, workers in the supply chain lose out and remain trapped in poverty. Erinch Sahan looks at why workers continue to earn poverty wages around the world and argues that companies need to be given the freedom to forgo profits for the greater good of shared prosperity. This isn’t new. We …

Ebola crisis: Oxfam update 7 major concern in Sierra Leone

Catherine Meredith, Ebola Response Communications Coordinator in West Africa, shares the latest Ebola response update. Crisis overview This week the total number of Ebola cases has passed 20,000. Although overall the epidemic seems to have stabilised, the large number of new cases in Sierra Leone is a major concern. Transmission remains high, especially in Freetown and the Western Area, where …

Digging deep in the year of soil

The health of soil has a significant impact on food security, climate change adaptation and livelihoods. As the UN has declared 2015 to be the year of soils, Daniel Morchain explains why it is vital that we raise awareness of the devastating impact soil degradation can have and the difficult questions we need to ask if we are to address …

Violence against women: Oxfam in Myanmar staff speak out

As part of the 16 days of activism on violence against women, Oxfam in Myanmar staff took part in an awareness-raising event. Here, gender intern May Phu explains the significance of such activism in Myanmar. “In Myanmar, violence against women and girls is a hidden issue. Women face violence everywhere: at home, in the workplace, on the bus and on …

Oxfam’s 2014: our humanitarian year in review

As we move into 2015, Ben Phillips takes a month-by-month review of 2014 to see how Oxfam responded to different emergencies throughout the year. 2014 has been a challenging year. The Ebola crisis in West Africa has taken the whole sector into a near unprecedented emergency; in South Sudan conflict and the risk of famine continues; and the Middle East …