2011 News

December 21, 2011

It was a disaster waiting to happen. Living on the edge of riverbanks, families displaced by Washi (local name: Sendong) today had once fled their homes in 2009 at the height of a storm. With no alternative relocation then, they had gone right back, holding on to their proximity to the city and the assurance of livelihood.

December 21, 2011

Oxfam has a team of ten experts on the ground to assess the water and sanitation conditions in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City in southern Philippines, after flash floods brought on by typhoon Washi displaced at least 26,000 families and killed 927.

December 13, 2011
Negotiators at the UN climate talks have narrowly avoided a collapse, agreeing to the bare minimum deal possible. The plan gets the Green Climate Fund up and running without any sources of funding, preserves a narrow pathway to avoid 4 degrees of warming and gets a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol without key members.
December 12, 2011

The Pacific region continues to hold some of the highest figures of violence against women and some of the lowest figures for female political representation, said New Zealand group Women’s Rights and Advocacy in the Pacific (WRAP)

December 12, 2011

Millions of people in West Africa could be protected from a serious food crisis if preparations are scaled up across West Africa, Oxfam said today. With early indicators pointing to a likely food crisis in 2012 – and a particularly high risk in Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Chad – now is the time to invest in preventative measures.

December 5, 2011

Oxfam has revealed New Zealand’s most generous towns in its first-ever Oxfam Unwrapped Generosity List. By looking at the numbers and locations of gifts given through the Oxfam Unwrapped appeal, the organisation has named the South Island town of Upper Moutere as the country’s most generous.

December 1, 2011
At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa (COP 17, Nov. 28 to Dec. 9, 2011), the global shipping industry, Oxfam and WWF have joined forces to suggest to governments how the further reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping might best be regulated.
November 30, 2011

Three months after widespread flooding that has affected over 5 million people in southern Pakistan, a critical shortage of funding and broad international disinterest has left millions of people at risk of illness, malnutrition and cold as the winter closes in.

November 25, 2011

International aid agency Oxfam  is deeply concerned about the escalating violence witnessed across Egypt and strongly condemns the excessive use of force by Egyptian security forces against peaceful demonstrators. The Egyptian authorities should be held responsible for the unjustifiable use of live bullets, rubber coated steel bullets and lethal quantities of tear gas against civilians.

November 21, 2011

As more heads of state publicly support the military action in Somalia, Oxfam called on international leaders to refocus on addressing the crippling famine in the country. The agency urged all parties involved in the conflict to ensure civilians are protected from being caught in the crossfire and the Somali people have freedom of movement to access vital services.