Subject: livelihoods

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Peace campaigner and marathon runner Julius Arile with his family and neighbours in his home village (2012). Sven Torfinn/Oxfam

14 ways to better promote active citizenship

Oxfam's active citizenship case studies employ a 'theory of change approach' to explore how change happens in different contexts. They cover a wide range of programmes, both in terms...

Tea picking in Malawi. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith

Why companies fail to pay a living wage (at least in their supply chains)

With companies seeking to maximise profits to meet investors' expectations, workers in the supply chain lose out and remain trapped in poverty. Erinch Sahan looks at why workers continue to earn...

The red soil of Al Far'a village is rich and the warm winter weather is especially good for the winter crops. Here, cabbages have begun to sprout (Credit: Sarah-Eve Hammond/Oxfam)

Digging deep in the year of soil

The health of soil has a significant impact on food security, climate change adaptation and livelihoods. As the UN has declared 2015 to be the year of soils, Daniel Morchain explains why it is vital...

Women package seeds for the retail market at the SEAN Seed Company, Thankot, Kathmandu (Credit: Aubrey Wade)

Are you paying a living wage? Four ways to check

There is no single, universal way to calculate a living wage. It is contextual with a wide range of influencing factors leading to significant variation on national and regional levels. Here, Paulien...

Cambodian garment workers travelling to work in Phnom Penh (Credit: Emma Hardy/Oxfam)

What would it take to deliver a living wage in supply chains?

The concept of a living wage is not something new, but with recent reports warning of the lag between wages and productivity and outlining the failures in trickle down economics, it is in the spotlight....

In Nicaragua, 64000 jobs were lost in 2013 due to the destruction of coffee plantations caused by the roya (coffee rust). These numbers are likely to increase in the years to come. (Credit: Mathieu-Etienne Gagnon/Oxfam)

Prolonged drought, rising temperatures and coffee rust — the growing crisis in Central America

Increasingly severe climate conditions are having a devastating impact on food security and livelihoods in Central America. Here, John Magrath looks at how prolonged droughts alone are serious concern,...

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Beyond a ‘glass wall’ – women address invisible barriers to economic empowerment

Women's heavy and unequal share of care work often goes unspoken and unrecognised creating an invisible barrier for women's empowerment. Here, Thalia Kidder introduces a series...

Sukitha has worked at Oxfam's dairy co-op in Muruganwr, Sri Lanka since 2009. Credit: Abir Abdullah/Oxfam

Social investing in Asia - does it need to be more courageous?

There's a growing interest in ethical investment in Asia but funds are still reluctant to risk investing in fledgling rural enterprises. Here Kim Sophastienphong, Enterprise Development Programme...

Gaza on the brink of major health crisis. Credit: Iyad al Baba/Oxfam

Gaza's blockade, a personal story

Richard Stanforth is Oxfam GB's Regional Policy Adviser in the Middle East. Here, he shares his personal experience of what life has been like in Gaza under the blockade. ...

Women from the village of Mecha, Ethiopia, dressed in protective clothing, during a workshop at the Ambrosia beekeeping training centre. Credit: Tom Pietrasik

Taking stock of our Enterprise Development Programme

Our Enterprise Development Programme (EDP) is an innovative business based approach to tackling poverty. Last week Maria Michalopoulou explored how and why Oxfam invests in small businesses....

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