Nepal earthquake: A race against time

Oxfam has been working in Nepal for 30 years, with many staff living in Kathmandu. Despite the destruction the earthquake caused in their own lives, Oxfam staff and volunteers in Nepal are working around the clock and refusing to rest until people are safe. Here, Oxfam’s Prabin Man Singh described the terrifying moments when the earthquake struck Donate now  “I …

Women’s rights, the Nepal earthquake, influencing in Mali, and climate politics

We’ve picked out the key ideas and themes from this month’s blog posts. We hope you’re inspired to follow the links and read on. Look out for more highlights in the coming months. Women’s rights What does growing urbanisation mean for humanity in general, and women and girls in particular? The latest issue of Gender & Development examines this question …

Back to school: Improving water and sanitation facilities in Ebola hit countries

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is not over yet, but as the number of new cases of the disease has reduced, schools have re-opened. Here Thuli Ndlovu, Ebola response communications officer, explains how and why Oxfam is working to improve water and sanitation facilities in schools in Sierra Leone and Liberia.  Schools in Sierra Leone have been closed for …

Finding hidden water resources in Bolivia

With demand for water growing, new research by Sally Rangecroft has identified 54 rock glaciers in Bolivia that could provide an important source of all-year round water supply to local communities. Here, programme researcher John Magrath discusses the findings. Scientists have recently discovered huge glaciers on Mars, containing so much water that their melting could cover the planet in ice more …

Nepal earthquake: many thousands in need of help

The people of Nepal are in dire need after a major earthquake struck the country, including the capital Kathmandu, on Saturday 25 April. Around 30,000 people are reportedly living out in the open in make shift camps, 3,351 people have been reported killed and more than 6,500 injured. Immediate relief and long-term disaster risk reduction is needed. Kathmandu was ever …

From short-sighted politics to a clear vision for climate action

As climate change continues to have a devastating impact on people’s lives, Daniel Morchain argues that the challenge for climate change adaptation practitioners is to deliver a convincing message to decision makers.  In Greenlandic ‘sila’ means several things: weather, animal, human consciousness and the power of nature. This strikes me as something important, as viscerally meaningful. It speaks of the …

I Care About Her: what I’ve learnt about messaging in women’s rights campaigning

How can we increase the impact of our women’s rights programming, without compromising our message? Laurie Adams, Oxfam’s women’s rights director, reflects and looks at Oxfam Zambia’s I Care About Her campaign. Zambia is a dangerous place to be a woman. Statistics vary: 90% of women in intimate relationships experience violence; 52% of all women are physically or sexually abused; …

My life has changed completely: crisis in Yemen

The conflict in Yemen has forced thousands of people to flee their homes, including Oxfam staff. It is pushing the country towards economic collapse and making life harder for the 16 million people already in need of humanitarian aid. Here, a Yemeni Oxfam programme officer describes how the crisis has changed his life. It is impossible not to worry about …

Cash transfer programming: can Oxfam stay ahead of the game?

Oxfam’s experience of using cash transfers in humanitarian programming dates back to the early 1990s. Here, Philippa Young, head of the emergency food security and vulnerable livelihoods team, explains how our use of cash transfers in emergencies has developed and continues to grow. Oxfam has used cash transfers to respond to a range of acute and chronic needs for over …

7,000 people, one clinic, no running water: Ebola and health systems

The Ebola crisis has drawn attention to the state of health care systems in West Africa. Here Ebola policy lead, Jess Skinner, describes how health care workers in Liberia have continued to provide basic services throughout the Ebola crisis, despite the personal risks involved and a chronic lack of resources. Oxfam is calling for long-term investment in health from governments …