Subject: disasters

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Bassam Ghanoom, a Syrian refugee buys food with cash provided by Oxfam. Credit: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Cash transfer programming: can Oxfam stay ahead of the game?

Oxfam's experience of using cash transfers in humanitarian programming dates back to the early 1990s. Here, Philippa Young, head of the emergency food security and vulnerable livelihoods team,...

A health care worker, wearing basic infection prevention and control protection at Sister Agnes Clinic in Gardensville, Liberia. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

7,000 people, one clinic, no running water: Ebola and health systems

The Ebola crisis has drawn attention to the state of health care systems in West Africa. Here Ebola policy lead, Jess Skinner, describes how health care workers in Liberia have continued to provide...

A street scene in Sierra Leone. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

Using empathy as a research tool: anthropology and Ebola

The Ebola response has posed new challenges for the humanitarian community, including the challenge of understanding and overcoming the social barriers to complying with Ebola prevention and treatment...

Cyclone Pam: "We have had to use all of our savings to buy food"

Oxfam Communications Coordinator Amy Christian is in Vanuatu, she shares her first impressions of the devastation and the response. ...

Elisabeth Worjloh, 52 year old, Community Leader of New Kru Town, Liberia. Credit: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

A gender sensitive Ebola response and recovery

Women, girls, boys and men have differing needs, roles and vulnerabilities. The Ebola response and recovery needs to take this into account. In the second of our series of blogs for International...

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...

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