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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.
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 struggle in urgent need of assistance. As we publish a new briefing note on the crisis, Ed Cairns describes how, as the numbers grow, the money to help some of those refugees and displaced people is running out.
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.
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 all the key issues, the crossings, fishing, farmland, are still to be negotiated. Unless there's a fundamental political solution, everything is liable to collapse again.
Ed Cairns Oxfam's Senior Policy Adviser on humanitarian advocacy research responds to The Human Security Report 2012 from Canada's Simon Fraser University.
Humanitarianism has evolved in the 70 years since Oxfam was first formed in response to famine in war-torn Europe. Ed Cairns traces this change and notes that it must continue to change to meet the needs of the future.
Ed Cairns, Oxfam's senior policy adviser on conflict and author of a new paper, Stay on Target, lays out the case for governments to hold out for a top quality Arms Trade Treaty as negotiations enter a crucial phase.
Ed Cairns, Oxfam's senior policy adviser on this kind of thing, introduces a big rethink of Oxfam's humanitarian work.
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