Six lessons on how to support change in South Sudan

What does active citizenship look like in a conflict affected state like South Sudan? Richard Chilvers, WWS Learning and Communications Officer, draws on the experience of Oxfam’s partners to identify six key lessons for civil society organisations seeking to build constructive dialogue. Civil war erupted in December 2013 and has killed tens of thousands, displaced over 2 million (1.5m internally) and …

People, pledges and publications: June in numbers

In June we marked World Refugee Day, assessed the G7 summit, explained why inequality matters, reported on how the Sustainable Development Goals should be financed, and published a collection of papers from Oxfam India. Here’s an overview explained through the key numbers: 1. There are almost 60 million displaced people in the world. On World Refugee Day we looked at …

The world could be so much fairer: an introduction to inequality

Seven out of ten people live in countries where the gap between the rich and the poor has increased in the last 30 years. In this introduction to inequality Deborah Hardoon, Senior Researcher at Oxfam, explains why extreme and increasing inequality is a threat to poverty reduction, and to humanity at large. As a human race, we have done pretty …

Soul-searching on World Refugee Day

On this World Refugee Day 2015, Maya Mailer (@MayaMailer), Oxfam’s Head of Humanitarian Policy & Campaigns, explains why we in civil society – and our political leaders – should be doing some serious soul-searching. We are living in a time when more people are displaced from their homes than at any time since the Second World War. And save for the …

Oxfam’s work with refugees around the world

Refugees are ordinary people living through extraordinary times, experiencing hardship and suffering. Oxfam and other agencies are supporting refugees and IDPs according to need, including those that appear to be ‘forgotten’ by the world’s media. In the run up to World Refugee Day on 20 June here’s an overview. Burundi crisis Over the last few weeks 96, 000 people have fled …

No one ever thinks they will be called a refugee

For refugees and internally displaced persons in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, every aspect of daily life is difficult. The crisis in Syria is also placing pressure on host communities. In the run up to World Refugee Day, Adeline Guerra, Regional Campaigns and Communications Adviser, reflects on the challenges faced by refugees and calls for more funding to help both refugees …

Why the G7 have made but a stuttering start on climate change

Climate justice calls for the richest countries most responsible for causing the problem of climate change to phase out fossil fuels first and fastest, but will this happen? With only a matter of months until the Paris climate change summit, Kiri Hanks reflects on the outcomes of the G7 summit in Germany earlier in June, and explains why the G7 must demonstrate more …

Pledging solidarity with the people of South Sudan

By July 4.6 million people in South Sudan’s could be severely food insecure. On 16 June an aid pledging conference is being held in Geneva. Here Josephine Liebl explains why donor governments should learn from the solidarity shown by South Sudan’s people, and makes the case for aid that leads to long term change. When I visited South Sudan in February …

Cyclone Pam 3 months on: The spirit of Vanuatu

Oxfam’s country director in Vanuatu was there when Cyclone Pam hit the Pacific island nation. He describes the ‘special something’ he’s seen in the country in the months following the disaster.   About three months ago, on the morning of 14 March 2015, I opened the door of my home in Port Vila slowly, not sure what I would see …

Bringing ‘the environment’ back down to earth

Today is UN World Environment Day, but unlike other more straightforward occasions, it is not always clear just how to celebrate this one. Here, Daniel Morchain suggests some possible ways that those involved in the debate around development and our world can bring the concept of the environment back down to earth. While almost everyone recognises the importance of ‘the …