Oxfam’s humanitarian year 2015

As we move into 2016 Tim Bierley looks back at the highs and lows of Oxfam’s work responding to emergencies around the world over the last year. 2015 saw vast new challenges arise and old ones persist. War and conflict continued to hit Yemen, Syria and South Sudan hard, and we saw further refugee crises in the wake of violence …

Why extreme wealth is not merited

As inequality grows and the rich get richer, what are the implications of extreme wealth and is it in any way merited? Didier Jacobs, Senior Economist at Oxfam America, introduces his latest discussion paper which argues that extreme wealth is not justified, and gives us an insight into some of his key findings.  The world’s 85 (now 80) richest people …

Local governance in South Sudan and Afghanistan

Annabel Morrisey is Programme Coordinator for the Within and Without the State programme which aims to improve the quality and effectiveness of civil society programming in fragile and conflict-affected settings. Here Annabel reflects on a recent visit to South Sudan and compares the issues faced by civil society there as opposed to Afghanistan. I recently came back from a two …

Women’s Everyday Resilience in Opposing Large Scale Mining

Mining in Latin America is big business and provides a substantial percentage of GDP, but is the economy a true measurement of ‘Development’? Dr. Katy Jenkins, Co-Director of the Centre for International Development, questions the model and gives us her insights into how these big mining projects are having detrimental effects on both society and the environment. Large scale mineral …

Will all the gold of Paris shine?

The Paris climate talks concluded last week with an agreement being reached between developed and developing nations. In parallel to these historical negotiations in other meetings across the French capital, stakeholders gathered to discuss related topics. Daniel Morchain, Global Adviser on Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience, tells us his experience at one of these side events on global landscapes last …

Public perceptions of UK foodbanks

Last year, more than a million people in the UK had to rely on foodbanks to help feed themselves and their families. Between August and September Oxfam commissioned Research Now to survey 1,890 people across Great Britain to find out the British public’s view of food insecurity and foodbanks. Bethany Farr, Team Coordinator for our UK Policy, Programmes and Campaigns …

Our favourite uses of technology for social good

Today the Nominet Trust, the UK’s leading social tech funder announces a shortlist of 100 best uses of technology for social good. Here Amy O’Donnell, ICT in Programme Lead, explains what it has been like for Oxfam to be involved and shares her favourite, development and humanitarian relevant, uses of tech. The Nominet Trust 100 celebrates the people and organisations …

COP21: What’s good for the environment is good for the economy

As COP21 continues and the world waits to see if the leaders in Paris can reach a climate saving deal, Ruth Mhlanga, Private Sector Policy Advisor, points to the world’s business communities to play their part. Low carbon supply chains not only help save the planet, but help business stay competitive. As the world awaits the outcome of the 21st …

Are some people consuming too much?

The issues of economic inequality and climate change are intrinsically linked. Katherine Trebeck, Policy and Research Advisor, suggests it’s time we started talking about the elephant in the room. In order for everyone to attain a basic decent standard of living some people need to consume less. The richest 10% of people on the planet are responsible for 45% of …

In the national interest: poverty, security and aid for fragile states

Following the UK government’s announcement of an increase in spending on aid for fragile states Oxfam’s Campaigns, Policy & Influencing Director, Francoise Vanni,  outlines Oxfam’s experience regarding maximising impact on poverty in fragile states. People living in poverty in fragile states deserve more support, and it is by focusing aid squarely on tackling poverty that the aid budget can best …