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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,...

The very first drop of the pumped water from the station. Credit: Oxfam

Success in Syria: making sulphurous water drinkable

In the run up to World Humanitarian Day Leen Saeb, Public Health Engineer, shares a recent success from our Syria programme. In Salamiyah City, Oxfam has worked with local engineers to perform the...

Oxfam distributes hygiene kits in Sankhu, Nepal, Credit: Aubrey Wade / Oxfam

People in crisis - at the heart of the new humanitarian standards

How can humanitarian agencies ensure they are having a positive impact? The new core humanitarian standards should make this easier. In the run-up to World Humanitarian Day, Peta Sandison, Humanitarian...

People queue in Tundikhel IDP camp. Oxfam provided water to 15.000 people here. Credit: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

What works in humanitarian response? First step – map the evidence

In order to make evidence-based decisions, in humanitarian response or any field, we need to be critically examining the latest research. One way in which Oxfam is doing this is through the Humanitarian...

Indramaya Shrestha (63) searches for belongings in the remains of the collapsed building in which she lived with her brother-in-law and his family when an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter Scale struck Nepal, killing her brother-in-law and leaving the family homeless. Credit: Aubrey Wade/Oxfam

Local humanitarian agencies: still short-changed by the world’s humanitarian donors

Today we publish a new report, Turning the Humanitarian System on its Head, which argues that to remain effective the humanitarian system must change. Here Ed Cairns, Oxfam's senior policy adviser...

A group of women walking in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, February 2015. Credit: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Soul-searching on World Refugee Day

On this World Refugee Day 2015, Maya Mailer (@MayaMailer), Oxfam's Head of Humanitarian Policy & Campaigns, explains why we in civil society - and our political leaders - should be doing...

A family camping out in Ahou village, Mingkaman county, Lakes state, April 2014. Credit: Pablo Tosco/ Oxfam

Pledging solidarity with the people of South Sudan

By July 4.6 million people in South Sudan's could be severely food insecure. On 16 June an aid pledging conference is being held in Geneva. Here Josephine Liebl explains why donor governments...

Rama, 40. He fled his home with his family when the earthquake began. He now finds shelter in Tundikhe IDP camp, Kathmandu. He would like to go back to his home and has a plan to rebuild it. Oxfam provided water to 15.000 people here. Credit@ Pablo Tosco/Nepal

Mobilizing community health volunteers in Nepal

Providing water and sanitation, and public health promotion to help communities stay safe, are key parts of Oxfam's Nepal Earthquake response. Here Genevive Estacaan explains how Oxfam is training...

A trader in Lower Shebelle, Somalia, on the phone. Credit: Oxfam

Reaching the unreachable through SMS health messages in Somalia

Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal childhood disease which is close to being eradicated globally. When a fresh outbreak of the disease occurred in Somalia in 2013 urgent action was needed....