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Queuing for food distribution in South Sudan. Credit: Oxfam

Resilience is someone - I met her in South Sudan

ON THE GROUND REFLECTION: Definitions of resilience should come from the people we are here to support, rather than our own assumptions. Elizabeth White, Policy Adviser in South Sudan, reminds...

Mazen* (30 years old) and Sara (19 years old). Aleppo, Syria (Credit: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam)

European countries need to return to humanitarian principles

ON THE GROUND REFLECTION:  As world leaders and humanitarian actors meet in Istanbul for the first ever World Humanitarian Summit European countries need to look at themselves and step...

Money changing hands in market between a market trader and a customer (Credit: Sarah Brodbin / Oxfam)

The cash bargain: travelling between aspirations and possibilities

OPINION: The World Humanitarian Summit process has shown that when consensus is needed to formulate commitments among States, there are still a lot to be done to change perceptions regarding...

Malakal IDP camp, South Sudan, August 2014. Credit: Simon Rawles/Oxfam

Who told you that? Inclusion, bias and humanitarian evidence synthesis

OPINION: Dr Ellie Ott, Humanitarian Evidence Programme and Communications Manager, reflects on the challenges and opportunities of evidence synthesis in the humanitarian sector. ...

People wait to register at the Presevo refugee registration centre in Macedonia. Credit: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Safety in Europe? People deserve better treatment

ON THE GROUND REFLECTION: As Europe's migration crisis continues Oxfam and other NGOs face the challenge of delivering a humanitarian response in changing and unfamiliar circumstances....

Beneficiary from EFSVL Project, Diyala Governorate, Iraq. Credit: Oriol Andres/Oxfam

Iraq: preparing for a predictable crisis

LEARNING: The Iraqi army's planned and ongoing counter-offensive against ISIS is likely to lead to the displacement of between 500,000 and 1.5 million people from the city of Mosul and...

Faedah Saeed, 35, fled with her four children from Taiz city to Al-Mendhara Village a year ago due to the conflict. Despite poor health, Faedah walks for 90 minutes three times a day to collect water for the family from a remote well. Credit: Moayed Al-Shaybani/Oxfam

Yemen: all we can do is help people survive

ON THE GROUND REFLECTION: The conflict which escalated one year ago in Yemen has created one of the world's biggest humanitarian emergencies and risks pushing millions into famine. Simone...

Josephine, Northern DRC, September 2010. Credit: Pierre Peron/Oxfam

What is protection anyway?

LEARNING: If you work for a humanitarian agency then protection, helping people to stay safe in conflicts and disasters, is a core part of your duty of care. Our new materials will help you...

he Road to Rubaya is a portrait of the people who transport goods along a dirt road in North Kivu to Rubaya.

Displacement in eastern DRC: a never ending story

The number of refugees around the world is increasingly making headlines, but what of the plight of the 38 million displaced people who have fled to another part of their own country? Jose Barahona,...

Women in search of water in Hadigala district, Siti Zone, Somali Region, Ethiopia. July 2015. Credit: Poon Wai Nang/Oxfam

Oxfam’s humanitarian year 2015

As we move into 2016 Tim Bierley looks back at the highs and lows of Oxfam's work responding to emergencies around the world over the last year. ...