Rivers, mountains and landslides: reaching remote communities in Nepal

It’s six months since a massive earthquake struck Nepal, affecting more than eight million people. Oxfam has been on the ground from the beginning, providing humanitarian assistance, reaching nearly  450,000 people to date. Here Jon Hanson reflects on how our staff in Nepal, together with local partners and volunteers, overcame access challenges to reach remote mountain communities. Gorkha district is …

Nothing about us, without us: lessons from our work with young people

What has Oxfam learnt from four years of working with young people on their rights to healthcare, education and sexual and reproductive health (SRH)? Imogen Davies, My Rights, My Voice Programme and Communications Officer, identifies key learning points for development organisations seeking to work with young people. It is often said that young people are the future. But what does …

Making systems thinking real

It’s time to throw away the old rulebooks, and introduce some new learning, innovation and humility, explains John Chettleborough, Agricultural Markets and Enterprise Unit Manager. For development programmes to be effective they need to take into account shifting cultural, social and political contexts. The systems thinking approach is a way of doing this. Ever thought what connects Buddhism, climate change, …

Me, Marcel and five inspiring Moroccan women leaders

On the International Day of Rural Women Laurie Adams, Oxfam’s Women’s Rights Director, shares the stories of five inspiring women leaders she met on a recent trip to Morocco, accompanying our celebrity ambassador Marcel Khalife. Lebanese composer and musician Marcel Khalife is deeply loved and admired by millions for his words of love and liberation. His support as the Ambassador of …

Designing programmes which are young at heart

Researchers from Oxfam Novib asked young people in Uganda and Vietnam to share their problems, their hopes and dreams, and analysed the results to draw conclusions about what issues prospective development programmes should focus on. Here Karen Van Zaal and Ruben De Winne explain the methodology used and the significance of this approach for beneficiary led programme design. Development initiatives …

Will welfare reform mean increased poverty?

As UK MPs consider proposed changes to the welfare system this week Seb Klier, UK poverty Parliamentary and Advocacy Advisor, explains why they should be concerned about provision of ‘decent work’, the safety net and child poverty. As UK MPs return to parliament after the party conference season, they may need reminding that fundamental welfare reforms, with profound implications for …

Yemen: aid work in the world’s largest forgotten emergency

Tariq Riebl is a roving programme coordinator in Oxfam’s Humanitarian Department. Yesterday we published the first part of an interview with Tariq, about life as an aid worker, in this second instalment Tariq discusses his current role, managing Oxfam’s emergency response in Yemen. What are the biggest challenges in your current role? The airstrikes which are the biggest fear factor …

The best job in the world: aid worker reflections

What kind of person chooses to spend their life at the centre of disasters and conflict zones? Tariq Riebl, a roving programme coordinator in Oxfam’s Humanitarian Department spoke to Catherine Meredith about his life as an aid worker. Come back tomorrow for the second instalment which focuses on Tariq’s current role managing Oxfam’s emergency response in Yemen. How long have you been an aid worker for? …

Syria: what does it take to spark compassion?

The international community has failed so far to address the spiralling catastrophe in Syria. As Oxfam publishes its latest ‘fair share’ report on the international response to the conflict, Oxfam’s Head of Humanitarian Policy and Campaigns Maya Mailer (@MayaMailer) reflects on the recent display of public solidarity with refugees and asks what, if anything, a single photograph can change. A …