Hanging by the thinnest thread

Last week, we launched our report Hanging By A Thread: The ongoing threat to Somalia’s remittance lifeline at Chatham House in London. Here, Ed Pomfret, campaigns and policy manager for Oxfam Somalia, explains why the remittances system is so important.      Remittances sent by Somalis living abroad back to loved ones at home are a huge part of the …

Partnering with big business: 4 key lessons

In 2010, Oxfam and Unilever started Project Sunrise, a partnership to learn how to do business with women and men smallholders in a way that improves their livelihoods. Five years on Private sector adviser, Juni Sul, looks at some key lessons which can be applied to future corporate-NGO partnerships Through Project Sunrise we set out to reduce poverty and improve …

Floods: opportunities or threats to resilience? Ask a farmer

The idea of resilience, the capacity to adapt and thrive in the face of adversity, has become increasingly important within international development. Resilience thinking is often presented as inherently a good thing. However, as  Alex Arnall explains, this approach avoids key questions such as: What do we want to keep the same? What do we want to change? And who decides? Communities …

Ebola update: a long shadow over affected countries

In recent weeks there has been less and less information in the media about Ebola, so is no news good news? Cat Meredith looks at the situation in West Africa.   The number of new Ebola cases being identified per week in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia has dropped considerably since the New Year. However numbers continue to fluctuate so …

Why the UK needs a lifebelt to keep us all afloat

With the release of the UK Doughnut paper today, Philomena Cullen reflects on what the report reveals about life in the UK, and concludes that we are in danger of falling into a state of irreversible decline unless we urgently address where we are failing on social and environmental justice.   It’s tough out there in the choppy waters of the …

Back to school: Returning education to the development agenda

With millions of children around the world missing out on education, Sandra Dworack argues for a new approach to how education in development is financed, and calls on governments to make lasting commitments to education spending to ensure that policy is turned into practice.        What has the potential to lift over 170 million people out of poverty by …

What stories does the soil tell about poverty and inequality in Mindanao?

On the island of Mindanao in the Philippines, land degradation is a major problem affecting small-scale subsistence farmers and large-scale producers alike. Daniel Morchain looks at the obstacles to sustainable land management in Mindanao, and makes recommendations for a long-term soil conservation strategy that is fair and sustainable, and which will help to address the issue of poverty on the island.   The …

Attention-deficit: is aid failing fragile states?

Oxfam is one of the world’s leading providers of humanitarian aid in emergencies. In 2014, it supported around 5.5 million people in crisis. Here, Laura Searle talks about why we have compiled the Humanitarian Key Facts and why it is vital that we ensure humanitarian funding and long-term development assistance is having the maximum impact. More than 1.5 billion people …