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Families take boats to flooded villages, Dadu District, Pakistan, 2010. Credit: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam

How livelihoods were saved in Pakistan's 2010 floods

Every year Oxfam undertakes rigorous evaluations of a sample of its programmes worldwide and publishes the resulting effectiveness reviews here on the Policy & Practice website. In this post...

Refugees gather in one of the makeshift mosques in Zaatari Camp for Tarawih, the extra prayers performed at night by Muslims during Ramadan. Credit: Karl Schembri/Oxfam

In good faith: working together in emergencies

What does effective partnership with faith based groups look like? Ben Phillips our humanitarian information management officer introduces an exciting collaboration between Oxfam and other NGOs to...

Getting beyond relief in the Philippines

It is always uplifting to be reminded of what we are all here for. And nowhere brings this home more vividly than Oxfam's work in the Philippines a few months after the typhoon. ...

Balakammaiah, a farmer from  the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh whose crops have suffered as a result of climate change. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

5 lessons from the latest report on climate change

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, released today, reveals a grim picture of increasing extreme floods, drought, food shortages, conflict and economic damage. Here...

In Mafraq City in Northern Jordan children light candles to show their solidarity with the people of Syria. Credit: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam

British foreign policy: where's the vision for 2015?

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...

A satellite image of the super El Niño of 1997-1998. The seesaw-like effect of an El Niño, with sea level along the equator down in the west and up in the eastern Pacific, can be seen in this image. White and red indicate higher-than-normal sea levels (warm water) and purple represents lower-than-normal sea height and cooler water. Credit: NASA/JPL

Increase in super El Niños will impact the poorest most

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,...

Measuring out for the construction of latrine pits at the new resettlement camp at Coraille (part of the Government's rainy season evacuation plan) Oxfam provided toilets, showers, water points and public health activities. Credit: Jane Beesley/Oxfam

Haiti four years on: a WASH partnership that worked

Four years ago this week a deadly 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince. Successful partnership with the national government was central to Oxfam's response, Marc Cohen examines...

A family living in a makeshift tent in Kidawa village where 300 out of 760 houses were destroyed by Typhoon Bopha. Credit: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam

After Haiyan: crucial steps in the path to recovery

One month after Typhoon Haiyan devastated millions of homes and lives in the Philippines, Shaheen Chughtai reviews the situation on the ground and what's needed for people to be able to...

Residents walk near vehicles and debris floating on a river after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated Tacloban city in central Philippines November 10, 2013. Credit: Erik de Castro / Reuters

After Haiyan: Getting the response right

We have all been shocked by Typhoon Haiyan. Here, Mark Goldring, Oxfam's Chief Executive, reflects on the challenge of responding effectively and preparing for the future, in the Philippines...

Aid distributed by Oxfam's partner Abhigyan Disha, following floods in Bihar, India, 2007. Credit: Ian Bray/Oxfam GB

Who you gonna call? Partnerships in emergency response

From local groups to international tech, Nigel Timmins, Oxfam GB's Deputy Humanitarian Director, emphasises the importance of making all kinds of partnerships work in humanitarian responses. ...

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