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Single mother Joyce with her baby son Prince whom she delivered in the local hospital thanks to the free healthcare provided to pregnant women in Ghana. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Panos

Policy makers are not blind to evidence

Regular readers of this blog will know that Oxfam has adopted a Global Performance Framework, which, among other things, involves the random selection of samples of closing or sufficiently mature...

Primary Healthcare Centre, Maharashtra State, India. Credit: Cecile Unternaehrer/Oxfam

Putting the public back into public services

As we launch Held to Account, Oxfam's new briefing paper on public service accountability, guest blogger from India Dr Abhay Shukla - activist, physician and public health specialist - calls...

Lining up life and economy to create a good society

I did a bit of thinking over the summer. Mulling over ideas such as what is 'good development'? What is a good society? What is 'good growth' rather than just recovery of the old...

Baby Zaza Ekatashvili in Tkviavi clinic, Georgia. Credit: Justyna Mielnikiewicz/Oxfam

Health insurance schemes are leaving the poor behind

In the name of Universal Health Coverage, some donors and governments are promoting health insurance schemes that leave the poor behind. Here, Anna Marriott calls instead for tax reform...

Tackling poverty needs 'radical action', not more economic failure

Government action on poverty and inequality tinkers around the edges of our economy but success depends on more radical measures, writes Judith Robertson, head of Oxfam Scotland. ...

Humankind Index: our new approach to measuring prosperity, one year on

As the G8 leaders prepare to gather in Belfast and there are renewed calls to look beyond GDP, Oxfam Scotland releases its second Humankind Index (HKI) results, an attempt to do just that. ...

MDG spending infographic

Are governments meeting their MDG spending targets?

Government Spending Watch, a site that collates MDG spending, launches today. Guppi Bola and Rachel Bladon explain how this powerful tool will be critical in holding governments to account....

On World Water Day, is it all about cooperation or who can make the biggest splash?

The UN named 2013 the year of water cooperation, but is it just an ideal or is it a reality? ...

The daily struggle for water in Yemen

World leaders are meeting in London today to discuss the deepening humanitarian situation in Yemen.  Over half the population does not have access to clean water and Sana'a is predicted...

Volunteer home-based carers cycle through Chitobe on Oxfam bicycles. Machaze, Manica, Mozambique. Credit: Steve Simon/Oxfam

An AIDS-free generation is in sight but action is needed now

On World AIDS Day, Mohga Kamal-Yanni outlines the four main challenges facing all countries that are dealing with HIV and AIDS. ...