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.
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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?
Our bid to End Tax Havens hit full swing this week with a joint letter from 300 leading economists from 30 countries urging global bodies to bring financial secrecy to an end, ahead of the UK Government’s Anti-Corruption Summit on Thursday.
Blogger: Jayati Ghosh, Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi