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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
Climate change affects many of the communities with which Oxfam works. The impacts on people's lives are real and dangerous. Here John Magrath, Programme Researcher, provides an overview of how...
Introduction to development,
Solar energy is transforming livelihoods in Zimbabwe from labour saving irrigation for crops to refrigeration for fresh produce. In the third in a series of blog posts about the impact of solar energy,...
Have you ever heard of a solar powered school? John Magrath, Programme Researcher, explains how the installation of solar panels has enabled remote schools in Zimbabwe to enter the internet age and...
For poor women in parts of rural Zimbabwe the cost of two candles can be the difference between health and hunger, and even sometimes between life and death. In the first in a series of blog posts...
With demand for water growing, new research by Sally Rangecroft has identified 54 rock glaciers in Bolivia that could provide an important source of all-year round water supply to local communities....
Is it possible to reconcile the views of campaigners and development practitioners on the place of climate change within programming through the concept of 'resilience'? On Tuesday John Magrath...
Disaster Risk Reduction,
Why are there divergent views on where climate change fits within the development and humanitarian communities? Programme researcher John Magrath presents an imaginary conversation.
Increasingly severe climate conditions are having a devastating impact on food security and livelihoods in Central America. Here, John Magrath looks at how prolonged droughts alone are serious concern,...
Disaster Risk Reduction,
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,...
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