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Photo: Conducting a vulnerability risk assessment in Bolgatanga, Ghana. Credit Oxfam

What we've learned about vulnerability assessments and how to do them

How can a development intervention achieve positive change for all, especially the poorest and most marginalised? Conducting a vulnerability risk assessment, using our new guide, would be a good...

ACCRA and Challenge Fund country teams gathered in December 2014 in Uganda to share experiences and learning about climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction programming. Credit: Audrey Lejeune/Oxfam

Top tips for organising a successful programme learning event

Bringing together people who work in development to share experiences can make us better at overcoming poverty. But to be effective the event must be timely and relevant. Here Audrey Lejeune, Programme...

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...

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...

Two locals find safe ground in front of a destroyed structure in Bhaktapur region of Kathmandu, Nepal 26 April 2015 - 24 hours after a devastating earthquake that has so far taken the lives of 2,400 people Credit: EPA/Hemanta Shrestha

Nepal earthquake: many thousands in need of help

The people of Nepal are in dire need after a major earthquake struck the country, including the capital Kathmandu, on Saturday 25 April. Around 30,000 people are reportedly living out in the open...

Maximino Beringue is a tenant farmer in the Philippines, he had a two storey house but it was completely destroyed during Typhoon Haiyan. Credit: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam

Climate change and resilience: campaigns Tom and development Geri discuss

Is it possible to reconcile the views of campaigners and development practitioners on the place of climate change within programming through the concept of 'resilience'? On Tuesday John Magrath...

Tens of thousands fill the streets for The Wave Climate Rally in London, December 2009. Credit: Chris Worrell/Oxfam

Climate change: exceptional or unexceptional? Campaigns Tom and development Geri discuss

Why are there divergent views on where climate change fits within the development and humanitarian communities? Programme researcher John Magrath presents an imaginary conversation. ...

Rice harvest, Philippines. Credit: Tessa Bunney/Oxfam

Averting disaster through automated weather stations

Automated weather stations provide highly accurate forecasts. Vincent Malasador, DRR Programme Officer for Oxfam in the Philippines, explains how they are being used to enhance the capacity of local...

Workers preparing fields to grow corn, Gutu project irrigation site. Credit: David White/Oxfam

Weather alerts by text message: a climate change adaptation success?

Accurate weather forecasts can help farmers to improve their harvests and protect their livestock, but poor rural communities often lack access to this information. In the first of a series of blogs...

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...