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Caption: Flood waters still remain in the Caia district of the Zambezi river region, Feb 2008. Andy Hall/Oxfam

Floods: opportunities or threats to resilience? Ask a farmer

The idea of resilience, the capacity to adapt and thrive in the face of adversity, has become increasingly important within international development. Resilience thinking is often presented as inherently...

Roadside barbershop, Manila, Philippines (2014). Dewald Brand, Miran for Oxfam

Unmasking Asia's economic success

Decades of sustained economic growth have seen Asia grow ever wealthier. But, as Oxfam's Asia Deputy Regional Director Lan Mercado explains, Asia's successes have come at a huge cost. An...

Martha receives a bag of food at an Oxfam distribution. Credit: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

What trends will we see in humanitarian policy and practice in 2015?

As we begin 2015, Tara Gingerich looks at some of the trends that we can expect to see in humanitarian policy and practice this year, and suggests that the way we conduct humanitarian assistance...

Public health conditions in Gaza reached crisis point following the summer bombardment. Credit: Iyad al Baba/Oxfam

Oxfam’s 2014: our humanitarian year in review

As we move into 2015, Ben Phillips takes a month-by-month review of 2014 to see how Oxfam responded to different emergencies throughout the year. ...

After the tsunami: What the people of Calang taught me about humanity

Oxfam humanitarian worker Peter Struijf has worked on the ground throughout several international disasters including the Tsunami response in Indonesia, and is currently in Sierra Leone where he...

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...

Oxfam's Vincent Malasador gives support and reassurance to a recipient during the distribution of hygiene items in Paypay north Cebu in November,2013.

The days after the storm - a year on from typhoon Haiyan

Vincent Malasador, DRR Programme Officer for Oxfam in the Philippines, was part of the rapid assessment team that responded to typhoon Haiyan in the immediate aftermath. Here he shares his memories...

Open pit mining at Jaenschwalde, Germany. Photo: Christian Mang/Greenpeace

Why tackling global poverty means we must break our fossil fuel addiction

Climate change is already making people hungry. As we launch our new briefing paper calling for tougher action on fossil fuels, our campaigns director Ben Phillips explains why we need to break our...

Malakal IDP camp, South Sudan. Fighting has forced more than a million people from their homes, and up to 50,000 children are at risk of dying from malnutrition if they don't receive adequate humanitarian aid. (Credit: Simon Rawles/Oxfam)

The inequality of crises

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...

Liberians read the Daily Talk chalk board on the Ebola outbreak situation in the capital Monrovia, Liberia, 09 August 2014. Ahmad Jallanzo/EPA

Ebola: how Oxfam is responding in Liberia

With Liberia currently experiencing the world's largest-ever Ebola outbreak, we asked Cathy Stephens of the Liberia WASH Consortium to explain the impact of the epidemic and how the...

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