Women package seeds for the retail market at the SEAN Seed Company, Thankot, Kathmandu (Credit: Aubrey Wade)

Are you paying a living wage? Four ways to check

There is no single, universal way to calculate a living wage. It is contextual with a wide range of influencing factors leading to significant variation on national and regional levels. Here, Paulien...

Workers move a large reef ball into position before it is deployed in the sea. Marie Banu/Oxfam GB

The tsunami appeal broke records, but many crises don't get the funding they need

On the eve of the 10-year anniversary of the tsunami, Oxfam Researcher, Sophia Ayele, reflects on a unique aspect of the disaster - the amount of money donated by the general public for the relief...

Inside a garments factory, Bangladesh.

Rana Plaza: a catalyst for progress on living wage

Following our recent paper looking at the steps being taken towards delivering a living wage across global supply chains, Rachel Wilshaw showcases two examples of how, in Bangladesh, the recent Accord...

Syrian refugee women living in an informal settlement line the side of a road mid-morning waiting to depart to the tomato fields in Lebanon's Bekaa valley (Credit: Maya Hautefeuille/Oxfam)

Aid for Syrian refugees needs to extend to support host countries

As millions of Syrians are now taking refuge in neighbouring countries such as Lebanon, the infrastructure and public services are feeling the strain. Here, Camilla Jelbart Mosse outlines why there...

Ebola crisis: Oxfam update 6 – prevention and containment is key

Catherine Meredith, Ebola Response Communications Coordinator in West Africa, shares the latest Ebola response update. We hope you find this interesting. ...

Harvested coffee beans (Credit: Mario Lopez/Oxfam)

Defining a living wage means understanding the local context

To mark Human Rights Day, Oxfam published a paper outlining why a living wage is essential and positive steps that have been taken to achieve it. Here, Mike Kelly, Chairman of the Living Wage...

Women queuing for their charcoal vouchers in South Sudan (Credit: Kieran Doherty/ Oxfam)

South Sudan: "A situation unique in humanitarian history"

12 months after the world's newest nation was plunged into conflict, Oxfam Humanitarian Director, Jane Cocking, looks back on a year of war, suffering, but some remarkable achievements in South...

A boy walks down a dirty lane (Credit: Alan Brouder/Oxfam)

An unsanitary tale of urban Pakistan

Floods and drought in rural areas are leading to mass migration into urban centres, however, weak governance and disempowered communities are leading to ever-worsening issues of sanitation and hygiene....

Protestors in Mexico, a mass grave has been found outside Iguala after 43 students went missing. Photo credit: Reuters

Power to the people: how civil society protects human rights

When civil society is threatened so are human rights. To mark the UN's Human Rights Day, Jacky Repila takes the pulse of civil society around the world and comes away both worried and heartened. ...

Cambodian garment workers travelling to work in Phnom Penh (Credit: Emma Hardy/Oxfam)

What would it take to deliver a living wage in supply chains?

The concept of a living wage is not something new, but with recent reports warning of the lag between wages and productivity and outlining the failures in trickle down economics, it is in the spotlight....

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