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John has worked for Oxfam GB for over 25 years in a variety of roles. His background is a journalist and writer. Since joining the Policy Research Team, he has looked particularly at climate change and its implications for Oxfam GB's work, and also at renewable energy.
He has recently worked with Practical Action and Christian Aid to complete a field guide to using renewable energy, which aims to help development practitioners deliver energy access projects worldwide. You can view this resource here: http://practicalaction.org/iret
On World Food Day John Magrath shares the findings of an Oxfam South Africa report which reveals that one in four citizens are going hungry. The causes of poverty, the cost of food, and related issues...
John Magrath explains how poor coffee harvests and drought are already threatening millions in Central America with hunger. Now, with meteorologists predicting an onset of El Niño later this year,...
How did climate change rise up the agenda of the UK's environment and development agencies? Oxfam's Programme Researcher John Magrath reflects on the 'Up in Smoke' coalition and the...
Climate change adaptation
Scientists may have cracked a big climate puzzle: whether rising global temperatures will influence the weather phenomenon known as El Niño. Unfortunately, the answer is probably yes. Here,...
Climate change adaptation,
Disaster Risk Reduction,
As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) release their report on the physical science behind climate change, John Magrath reminds us of the harsh reality of regional...
The latest assessment of global climate change enters a new phase today as scientists and civil servants gather in Stockholm to discuss the new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change...
Microfinance sometimes gets a bad press but SKDRDP, this year's Ashden Gold Award winner, is a well-run microfinance organisation helping to meet the energy needs of low-income households in...
Ahead of next week's Ashden Awards, John Magrath examines how one winner has brought electricity and employment to remote provinces of Afghanistan, showing that small projects that respond to...
"Seasonality" has re-emerged as a topic in development after a long lull - but will it gain more traction this time round?
A new resource offers help to development practitioners worldwide wishing to know more about using renewable energy.
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