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Rwandan refugees returning from camps in Tanzania in 1996. Credit: Howard Davies/Oxfam

The Rwandan genocide: twenty years on

In 1994, an estimated 800,000 people were massacred in Rwanda in the space of a hundred days. David Bryer was Oxfam director at the time, here he remembers what he describes as the lowest point in...

In Mafraq City in Northern Jordan children light candles to show their solidarity with the people of Syria. Credit: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam

British foreign policy: where's the vision for 2015?

As Oxfam releases our new paper: British Foreign Policy in an Unequal World, and with humanitarian and diplomatic crises in east Ukraine, Syria and the Central African Republic, our senior policy...

Measuring out for the construction of latrine pits at the new resettlement camp at Coraille (part of the Government's rainy season evacuation plan) Oxfam provided toilets, showers, water points and public health activities. Credit: Jane Beesley/Oxfam

Haiti four years on: a WASH partnership that worked

Four years ago this week a deadly 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince. Successful partnership with the national government was central to Oxfam's response, Marc Cohen examines...

Drilling for water in Nawoyatir village,Turkana, in April 2012. Credit: Kieran Doherty/Oxfam

Harnessing Turkana's water discovery

In September 2013, UNESCO and the Government of Kenya announced the discovery of massive groundwater reserves under Turkana. The aquifer could change thousands of lives, but only if technical challenges...

Residents walk near vehicles and debris floating on a river after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated Tacloban city in central Philippines November 10, 2013. Credit: Erik de Castro / Reuters

After Haiyan: Getting the response right

We have all been shocked by Typhoon Haiyan. Here, Mark Goldring, Oxfam's Chief Executive, reflects on the challenge of responding effectively and preparing for the future, in the Philippines...

Women carry dustbins and brooms in Mangaize refugee camp, Niger. Credit: Boubacar Soumaré/Oxfam

Call to action: ending violence against women in emergencies

Today, governments, UN agencies, and NGOs are gathering in London to pledge action to address violence against women and girls in emergencies. Caroline Green asks, what is this all about? What's...

Aid distributed by Oxfam's partner Abhigyan Disha, following floods in Bihar, India, 2007. Credit: Ian Bray/Oxfam GB

Who you gonna call? Partnerships in emergency response

From local groups to international tech, Nigel Timmins, Oxfam GB's Deputy Humanitarian Director, emphasises the importance of making all kinds of partnerships work in humanitarian responses. ...

Cousins Rebecca (left) and Mariam in Satkhira Bangladesh June 2009, one week after Cycline Aila. Credit: Mahmud/Oxfam

In double jeopardy: adolescent girls and disasters

On the International Day of the Girl Child Tess Dico-Young welcomes the findings from a new report by Plan International on the need to better address the needs of adolescent girls in humanitarian...

Dadaab camp. Credit: Oxfam

Farewell Dadaab: leaving the world's biggest refugee camp after three years' work

Following on from World Humanitarian Day, Brian McSorley gives a personal view on leaving Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp, after three years of managing Oxfam's refugee programme...

Community disaster preparedness in Bangladesh. Credit: Kenny Rae/ Oxfam America

What would I want in their shoes? 25 years of humanitarianism

On World Humanitarian Day we pay tribute to our colleagues working in the field, but also to the people and communities that they work with. People who daily show enormous resilience in the face...