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Edmund currently leads on Oxfam GB's humanitarian advocacy research, and has been involved in Oxfam's advocacy on most of the biggest humanitarian crises since the early 1990s.
He has worked as Oxfam's Head of the Humanitarian and Security Issues Team from 2000 to 2005, Emergencies Manager in the Humanitarian Department, and Oxfam's first Programme Officer in Moscow in 1992, amongst other roles.
His key publications include A Safer Future (1997) and For a Safer Tomorrow (2008) as well as numerous Oxfam briefing papers on humanitarian, peace and security issues, including Oxfam's Genocide in Rwanda paper in April 1994, one of the first condemnations of the genocide and calls for international action to halt it.
His latest paper, Crises in a New World Order: Challenging the Humanitarian Project is a call to build Southern capacity to respond to humanitarian need.
Following the UK government's announcement of an increase in spending on aid for fragile states Oxfam's Campaigns, Policy & Influencing Director, Francoise Vanni,
Francoise Vanni, Ed Cairns
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Today we publish a new report, Turning the Humanitarian System on its Head, which argues that to remain effective the humanitarian system must change. Here Ed Cairns, Oxfam's senior policy adviser...
We recently published our latest annual protection report from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Here Edmund Cairns, Oxfam's senior policy adviser on humanitarian affairs, sets...
DR Congo conflict,
Whether it is hidden or visible, it is through crises that inequality can become the most apparent. As a part of Blog Action Day, Ed Cairns looks at how disasters hit the marginalised the hardest...
Disaster Risk Reduction
As Oxfam releases our new paper: British Foreign Policy in an Unequal World, and with humanitarian and diplomatic crises in east Ukraine, Syria and the Central African Republic, our senior policy...
The human cost of Syria's conflict has risen beyond all expectations. There are already more than 1.3 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries. Inside Syria itself, 6.8 million people...
Senior policy adviser Ed Cairns casts his eye over the latest resource for making sense of humanitarian funding.
Ed Cairns, an Oxfam senior policy adviser, looks back on a very mixed year in humanitarian crises.
Disaster Risk Reduction,
Two weeks after the ceasefire. Six days after Palestine became a UN 'non-member observer state'. Where are we now? As Jabr Qudeih, a local aid worker in Gaza says: There's a truce, but...
Ed Cairns Oxfam's Senior Policy Adviser on humanitarian advocacy research responds to The Human Security Report 2012 from Canada's Simon Fraser University.
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