How do your favourite foods rank now? Latest Behind the Brands scores revealed

In 2013 we launched the Behind the Brands campaign using consumer power to hold the world’s largest food and beverage companies to account for the impact their business has on the world and its people. Here Danielle Smith introduces our latest scorecard, which shows that companies’ policies have improved, although those at the bottom are lagging far behind. Today sees …

Syria: wealthy governments hold the key to survival for millions

Governments are meeting in Kuwait this week to discuss Syria’s humanitarian crisis. In our new paper, Syria Crisis Fair Share Analysis 2015, we call on wealthy donor states to pledge their fair share of aid to the response. Here, Camilla Jelbart Mosse, Syria crisis campaign manager, provides the background to the paper. It is difficult not to feel overwhelmed in …

Climate change and resilience: campaigns Tom and development Geri discuss

Is it possible to reconcile the views of campaigners and development practitioners on the place of climate change within programming through the concept of ‘resilience’? On Tuesday John Magrath introduced some tensions around climate change discussions in development NGOs. Here he presents an imaginary conversation part two. Geri:  You asked last time, how does work on climate change adaptation manifest …

Climate change: exceptional or unexceptional? Campaigns Tom and development Geri discuss

Why are there divergent views on where climate change fits within the development and humanitarian communities? Programme researcher John Magrath presents an imaginary conversation. It used to be said – with some justification – that environment NGOs took climate change seriously, and development NGOs didn’t. That changed a long way back (see an earlier blog post of mine).  Does the …

Land policy makers need to focus on how change happens

As delegates start filing in for the World Bank’s annual Land and Poverty Conference, Ross Clarke explains why a critical point of discussion should be the divergence between land policy ‘the idea’ and land rights ‘the reality’. ‘The value of an idea lies in the using of it.’ Thomas Edison. As the global land rush intensifies, commitments towards improved land …

Cyclone Pam: “We have had to use all of our savings to buy food”

Oxfam Communications Coordinator Amy Christian is in Vanuatu, she shares her first impressions of the devastation and the response.   Yesterday I arrived in Vanuatu to join the Oxfam emergency response team as they respond to the aftermath of Cyclone Pam. As our plane descended into Port Vila, I caught glimpses of the islands that make up Vanuatu between perfectly …

Active case finding as a key part of the Ebola response

Duoi Ampilan, one of our public health promoters, talks about how our work on active case finding, whereby Oxfam went to communities to find cases of Ebola and other illnesses, became a key part of the overall response to Ebola in Liberia.  When I was called to join the Ebola Response in Liberia, there were  many doubts in my mind. …

Seasonal climate forecasts for all: a success story from Uganda

In 2012, the Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance (ACCRA) embarked on a partnership with the Uganda National Meteorology Authority (UNMA) with the aim of giving men and women farmers universal access to high quality weather and climate information. Here, Deus Bamanya, Director of Applied Meteorology, Data, and Climate Services at UNMA, takes stock of three years of collaboration with ACCRA.  …

Averting disaster through automated weather stations

Automated weather stations provide highly accurate forecasts. Vincent Malasador, DRR Programme Officer for Oxfam in the Philippines, explains how they are being used to enhance the capacity of local government units and communities in facing the impact of extreme weather and slow onset climate change. The value of automated weather stations (AWS) in adaptation and risk reduction (ARR) programming was …

Weather alerts by text message: a climate change adaptation success?

Accurate weather forecasts can help farmers to improve their harvests and protect their livestock, but poor rural communities often lack access to this information. In the first of a series of blogs on climate change resilience, Zimbabwe programme communications coordinator, Innocent Katsande, describes how a system of automated SMS weather alerts, organised by Oxfam with the Zimbabwean government, is improving …