Two years on from the tsunami, international development agency Oxfam is helping 1.2 million people affected by the disaster. Oxfam has spent NZ$325m, 95 per cent of the NZ$342m it has received to date, on its tsunami recovery and reconstruction work. Over a third of the money has been spent helping people earn a living again; a fifth on public health, water and sanitation; and almost 16 per cent on housing.
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Hundreds of thousands of people are at risk in Somalia's flooded crisis areas because of severe water shortages, internal displacement, food insecurity and the threat of escalating violence, according to International aid agency Oxfam.
Oxfam is assisting more than 1,000 refugees who have arrived in Um Dukhun in West Darfur in recent weeks, most fleeing increasing violence in the Central African Republic. Others have arrived from Chad, with the situation on all sides of the Darfur border seriously deteriorating and the crisis spreading through the region.
Darfur: New violence threatens world’s largest aid response. Half a million people increasingly vulnerable after evacuations of more than 250 staff in ten days. Ceasefire desperately needed, say aid agencies
Activists in New Zealand demonstrated today outside Starbucks stores in Auckland and Wellington to protest against Starbucks' refusal to recognise the rights of Ethiopian coffee farmers, as part of a day of action to send a message of solidarity with Ethiopian farmers to the coffee giant.
Chickens are flying high, once again leading the pack of Oxfam Unwrapped "funusual" gift ideas. Oxfam's catalogue of alternative gift ideas has given thousands of New Zealanders a feel-good way to get through the holidays: family and friends get a card while the actual gift goes to people in the developing world who need it most. From condoms to bikes to trees, there are dozens of other choices that will make a big difference.
One year on from the inconclusive World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial in Hong Kong, negotiators have failed to make progress on agreeing trade reforms to promote development, and pressure on poor countries is building, said international agency Oxfam.
Oxfam is calling on New Zealanders to wear a blue ribbon in solidarity with their neighbours in Fiji where civil society groups are calling on all to show their support for peace and democracy by wearing a Fiji blue ribbon.
Europe is playing hardball in its trade negotiations with small Pacific countries and refusing to accept their legitimate development concerns.