Two years on from the onset of the 2014 war life for many people in Gaza is getting worse. The reconstruction process is slow, there is no permanent ceasefire, no meaningful peace talks, and the blockade is still firmly in place. The humanitarian needs remain enormous. Gaza has witnessed its worst destruction in decades and an already vulnerable civilian population has been left even more vulnerable.
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New research has confirmed Oxfam's findings of many years, climate change is making life harder for farmers around the world. John Magrath, Programme Researcher, reflects on what we know and reaffirms the need for climate action.
The world is in the middle of the most serious refugee crisis since the Second World War. More than 60 million people have been forced to flee their homes by terrifying conflicts , violence and persecution, with millions more fleeing natural disasters and poverty.
On World Toilet Day (November 19) we turn our thoughts to this crucial facility because toilets are an essential weapon for fighting poverty. The UN estimates that 1 billion people lack proper toilets (roughly one in six people in developing countries), and lack of proper sanitation is a major public health and human rights issue for poor people. Here are five facts about why toilets are important and what Oxfam and others are doing to get them to the people who need them.
Could micro-hydro power bring sustainable energy to remote villages around the world? Public Health Engineer Anjil Adhikari explains how Oxfam has been involved in bringing electricity to a village in Nepal through a micro-hydro project.
Our backyard beekeeping programme in Papua New Guinea is helping families double their income. The programme - which is being rolled out in the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea- aims to boost incomes, empower women and enrich the diets of families.
On the night Cyclone Pam hit the archipelago of Vanuatu, Anny James took shelter inside her home in Epau village with her parents and three children. They listened in horror as scraps of corrugated iron and tree branches flew around outside. Suddenly, Anny’s front door was ripped right off its hinges.
On April 18, a major earthquake struck Ecuador killing 660 people and leaving more than 4,605 were injured. At least 22,500 people have been left homeless.
An Oxfam bucket being used in Sierra Leone. Photo: Jane Beesley/Oxfam So what makes the “Oxfam bucket” so innovative?