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Women read SMS about Polio prevention, Somalia, 2014. Photo: Ahmed Farah/Hijra

Our favourite uses of technology for social good

Today the Nominet Trust, the UK's leading social tech funder announces a shortlist of 100 best uses of technology for social good. Here Amy O'Donnell, ICT in Programme Lead, explains what...

Sanitation to fuel

From faeces to fuel: innovation in sanitation

2.5 billion people around the world do not have access to decent sanitation. On World Toilet Day our WASH Coordinator, Brian McSorley, describes some of the innovative ways in which Oxfam is working...

Examples of latrines. Credit: Audrey Andwati/Oxfam

Grand designs for low-cost latrines

A project in Northern Kenya using a build your own bog approach, otherwise known as Community-Led Total Sanitation, has led to some unusual and encouraging results. Oxfam's Public Health Promoter...

Using Last Mile Mobile Solutions to register people in Ethiopia. Credit: Laura Eldon

What ICTs can do for humanitarian programmes

In an era of ever increasing humanitarian disasters and constantly evolving digital technology, Oxfam is gathering evidence about how Information Communications Technologies (ICTs) can improve the...

Kong Sineoun FCC of Kor Kok commune, Santok District showing her messages to other members in the room. Credit: Oxfam

Technology for social good – top 100 inspiring uses

Oxfam is increasingly exploring how to introduce technology in our programme work. We often find the first question asked by country staff is whether there are any ideas or case studies for inspiration. That's...

A woman being registered by Oxfam as a head of household for distributions in the event of flooding in Pampanga, Philippines. Credit: Oxfam

A data revolution is underway. Will NGOs miss the boat?

We live in a world where more data is being generated than ever before. For NGOs in international development increased data offers opportunities and poses risks, but ignoring it is not an option....

A rights based approach to responsible data

Today Oxfam is proud to publish a new Responsible Data Policy which focuses on our commitment to treat the programme data we collect with respect and uphold the rights of those whom data is about....

Women sorting out fish at the pier to ensure the high quality products. Credit: Werapong Prapha/Oxfam

Fishy business: Thai communities threatened by the seafood industry

In Thailand intensive fishing by big business has caused a stark decline in seafood stocks which is threatening food security and the livelihoods of poor and vulnerable communities. Here, Werapong...

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...

Showing off a bumper crop of green vegetables at Mazuru market garden. Credit: John Magrath/ Oxfam

Solar irrigation and refrigeration - improving incomes in Zimbabwe

Solar energy is transforming livelihoods in Zimbabwe from labour saving irrigation for crops to refrigeration for fresh produce. In the third in a series of blog posts about the impact of solar energy,...