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Indramaya Shrestha (63) searches for belongings in the remains of the collapsed building in which she lived with her brother-in-law and his family when an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter Scale struck Nepal, killing her brother-in-law and leaving the family homeless. Credit: Aubrey Wade/Oxfam

Local humanitarian agencies: still short-changed by the world’s humanitarian donors

Today we publish a new report, Turning the Humanitarian System on its Head, which argues that to remain effective the humanitarian system must change. Here Ed Cairns, Oxfam's senior policy adviser...

A group of women walking in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, February 2015. Credit: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Soul-searching on World Refugee Day

On this World Refugee Day 2015, Maya Mailer (@MayaMailer), Oxfam's Head of Humanitarian Policy & Campaigns, explains why we in civil society - and our political leaders - should be doing...

Burundian refugees disembark from the boat and are transported on buses to Lake Tanganyika Stadium before being moved to Nyarugusu camp. Credit: Oxfam/Bill Marwa

Oxfam's work with refugees around the world

Refugees are ordinary people living through extraordinary times, experiencing hardship and suffering. Oxfam and other agencies are supporting refugees and IDPs according to need, including those...

Cyclone Pam 3 months on: The spirit of Vanuatu

Oxfam's country director in Vanuatu was there when Cyclone Pam hit the Pacific island nation. He describes the 'special something' he's seen in the country in the months following...

Rama, 40. He fled his home with his family when the earthquake began. He now finds shelter in Tundikhe IDP camp, Kathmandu. He would like to go back to his home and has a plan to rebuild it. Oxfam provided water to 15.000 people here. Credit@ Pablo Tosco/Nepal

Mobilizing community health volunteers in Nepal

Providing water and sanitation, and public health promotion to help communities stay safe, are key parts of Oxfam's Nepal Earthquake response. Here Genevive Estacaan explains how Oxfam is training...

A woman at a relief relief camp in Khokhana area of Karyabinayak Municipality expresses anger at a Nepal Armed Forces Police because of the chaotic water situation. Credit: Sharbendu De

Lack of water and toilets making things worse for women in Nepal

Nisha Agrawal, CEO of Oxfam India, has just returned from a visit to Nepal after two devastating earthquakes hit the country. Here, she describes the situation on the ground, the challenges for the...

A government sign highlighting the newly designated 'No Build Zone' along the coast in Candahue. Credit: Laura Eldon/Oxfam

Harnessing the power of ICTs to help amplify voices in the Philippines

A recent case study on the issue of relocation in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan utilised mobile data capture tools as part of the research process. What responsibilities come with using such...

Oxfam and Visa team up for innovative payment solution for disaster-affected communities

Oxfam and Visa team up for an innovative payment solution for disaster-affected communities

A partnership between Oxfam and Visa is providing financial access to disaster-affected communities in the Philippines. Here, Amy O'Donnell and Niña Espinola-Abogado explain how the Electronic...

Nepal earthquake: A race against time

Oxfam has been working in Nepal for 30 years, with many staff living in Kathmandu. Despite the destruction the earthquake caused in their own lives, Oxfam staff and volunteers in Nepal are working...

Teacher Moses A. Tholley sits in a classroom on the outskirts of Freetown. Mr Tholley and the other teachers are forced to carry water from the river on their heads. Oxfam is in the process of building a water pump for the nearby community. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

Back to school: Improving water and sanitation facilities in Ebola hit countries

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is not over yet, but as the number of new cases of the disease has reduced, schools have re-opened. Here Thuli Ndlovu, Ebola response communications officer, explains...

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