A rights based approach to responsible data

Today Oxfam is proud to publish a new Responsible Data Policy which focuses on our commitment to treat the programme data we collect with respect and uphold the rights of those whom data is about. Amy O’Donnell explains the significance of treating data responsibly through a rights-based approach and the need for an organisational policy. At a recent learning event, …

Fishy business: Thai communities threatened by the seafood industry

In Thailand intensive fishing by big business has caused a stark decline in seafood stocks which is threatening food security and the livelihoods of poor and vulnerable communities. Here, Werapong Prapha, Gendered Enterprise Development and Private Sector Coordinator, explains how a new community led social enterprise is promoting responsible fishing practices, respecting the rights of fishing communities, and the environment. …

Postcards from the field – for World Humanitarian Day

For World Humanitarian Day 2015 we share insights from some of Oxfam’s humanitarian staff in Sierra Leone, Nepal and Yemen. They reveal the challenges they are facing in the field, the successes they have experienced, and their messages for the world. Michelle Farrington – Public Health Promotion Coordinator, Sierra Leone My role: Supporting internal and external coordination for Oxfam’s public health promotion work, and giving …

The cost of living: an introduction to humanitarianism

How much does it cost to save someone’s life after an emergency? What price do you put on dignity, safety, confidence etc?  In the run up to World Humanitarian Day Sophie Mack Smith, Communications & Knowledge Management Advisor, highlights some of the key issues which humanitarian agencies face. How much does it cost to save someone’s life after an emergency? This …

Success in Syria: making sulphurous water drinkable

In the run up to World Humanitarian Day Leen Saeb, Public Health Engineer, shares a recent success from our Syria programme. In Salamiyah City, Oxfam has worked with local engineers to perform the impressive feat of setting up a reverse osmosis plant to treat sulphurous water, permanently. Salamiyah city in Hama Governorate, Syria, has been suffering from severe water shortages …

People in crisis – at the heart of the new humanitarian standards

How can humanitarian agencies ensure they are having a positive impact? The new core humanitarian standards should make this easier. In the run-up to World Humanitarian Day, Peta Sandison, Humanitarian Standards Programme and Communications Coordinator, explains what the standards are and what adopting them means for Oxfam. The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) was launched in December …

What works in humanitarian response? First step: map the evidence

In order to make evidence-based decisions, in humanitarian response or any field, we need to be critically examining the latest research. One way in which Oxfam is doing this is through the Humanitarian Evidence Programme. Here Ellie Ott, Humanitarian Evidence Programme and Communications Manager, looks at where you might begin and shares her experiences. When you are making difficult decisions, …

Change will come: International Youth Day 2015

For International Youth Day 2015, youth activists involved in Oxfam’s My Rights, My Voice (MRMV) programme explain how they’ve been campaigning to bring about change in access to health and education services. Young people can play a vital role in reducing poverty and transforming their societies. Their potential to do so has never been greater, as children and youth now account for almost …

Empowering young people and improving maternal health in Nepal

In the lead-up to International Youth Day 2015, Alberto Sanz Martins, Oxfam’s Translation Manager, and Audrey Lejeune, Programme Learning Adviser, explain why young people are a force to be reckoned with in the world, drawing on their experiences visiting the My Rights, My Voice programme in Nepal last November. What does it mean to be a young person living in …

Weather alert: an introduction to climate change

Climate change affects many of the communities with which Oxfam works. The impacts on people’s lives are real and dangerous. Here John Magrath, Programme Researcher, provides an overview of how our approach to climate change has evolved and how we are now responding to it in our work.  When I joined Oxfam in 1985 not many people were talking about …