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Community members gather in Berlin, El Salvador, to discuss the food voucher program. Credit: James Rodriguez/Oxfam America

El Salvador: the struggle to survive El Niño

The global El Niño weather phenomenon is being exacerbated by climate change. The UN's humanitarian agency predicts that in 2016 over 60 million people around the world will be affected by El...

Village in Nepal

Good morning Sindhulpalchok! Connecting Nepal’s disaster affected communities with radio

Following the two devastating earthquakes that hit Nepal in April and May 2015, Oxfam quickly responded, ensuring safe and equal access to water and sanitation facilities, and provision of basic...

Women in search of water in Hadigala district, Siti Zone, Somali Region, Ethiopia. July 2015. Credit: Poon Wai Nang/Oxfam

Oxfam’s humanitarian year 2015

As we move into 2016 Tim Bierley looks back at the highs and lows of Oxfam's work responding to emergencies around the world over the last year. ...

Hazna, a 38 years old hindu, 2 children stands in a makeshift camp along the road in the district Mirpur Khas district, Sindh, Pakistan on November 3, 2011

Gender and Development talks resilience

How are men and women affected differently by shocks and stresses, and how can a women's rights approach be applied? Caroline Sweetman, Editor of the Gender & Development journal, introduces...

Laprak, Gorkha District Nepal, May 2015. Credit: Oxfam/Sam Spickett

Rivers, mountains and landslides: reaching remote communities in Nepal

It's six months since a massive earthquake struck Nepal, affecting more than eight million people. Oxfam has been on the ground from the beginning, providing humanitarian assistance, reaching...

Supplies stacked up and ready to be sent to Yemen from Oxfam's Bicester warehouse. Credit: Tegid Cartwright

The best job in the world: aid worker reflections

What kind of person chooses to spend their life at the centre of disasters and conflict zones? Tariq Riebl, a roving programme coordinator in Oxfam's Humanitarian Department...

Using Last Mile Mobile Solutions to register people in Ethiopia. Credit: Laura Eldon

What ICTs can do for humanitarian programmes

In an era of ever increasing humanitarian disasters and constantly evolving digital technology, Oxfam is gathering evidence about how Information Communications Technologies (ICTs) can improve the...

Oxfam volunteer Shekhou Khadka (23) works to off load latrines being delivered to the Tundikhel IDP camp in Kathmandu, Nepal. Credit: Aubrey Wade / Oxfam

How disaster preparedness helped save lives in Nepal

When the Nepal earthquake hit in April 2015 the devastation was huge. Having earthquake contingency plans has made a big difference in enabling Oxfam to respond rapidly and at scale. Here Lisa Rutherford...

Tundhikel Camp, Kathmandu. Credit: Aubrey Wade/Oxfam

Postcards from the field - for World Humanitarian Day

For World Humanitarian Day 2015 we share insights from some of Oxfam's humanitarian staff in Sierra Leone, Nepal and Yemen. They reveal the challenges they are facing...

Jarina with her daughter, Shaheha & grandson, Saju (2 ½ years old). Having a raised homestead meant that Jarina could offer shelter to her daughter and her family. Credit: Jane Beesley/Oxfam GB

The cost of living: an introduction to humanitarianism

How much does it cost to save someone's life after an emergency? What price do you put on dignity, safety, confidence etc?  In the run up to World Humanitarian Day Sophie Mack Smith,...

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