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Irene Nzilan and Diana Ayetai from Reuben Baptist Primary school in Mukuru Slum, washing their hands, Nairobi Kenya. This is one of the schools with Fresh life toilet (Credit: Allan Gichigi)

From ‘peepoo bags’ to ‘healthy villages’ — delivering safe, sustainable sanitation

To mark World Toilet Day, SWIFT Consortium Learning and Communications Support Officer Emma Feeny describes how Oxfam is aiming to bridge the gap between emergency sanitation responses and long-term,...

Hand washing day organised by Oxfam and other INGOs at Zaatari camp in Jordan, October 2013. Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Getting water to Zaatari during drought season

Could you cope with just 35 litres of water, the equivalent of one 5 minute shower, a day? On World Humanitarian Day, Alaa Milbes shares the situation in Zaatari refugee camp as the summer heat...

Families gather to collect water at Ahmed Ajar's well. Credit: Oxfam/Chad Anderson

Yemen’s fuel and water crisis is putting lives at risk

As fuel prices soar people in Yemen are struggling to access water, even water unsafe for drinking. The stability of the country and the welfare of its people is at stake. Chad Anderson...

Children take part in a hand washing instruction at an event to mark global hand washing day in Zaatari camp. Credit: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

3D printing takes emergency response to another level

Could 3D printing technology be the future of water and sanitation equipment design? 'Top toilet thinker' Angus McBride, introduces an innovative Oxfam 3D printing trial in Lebanon.  ...

Pauline Credit: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

If I were president... how would the children of Mukuru change the world?

From vegetable-growing pilots and meteorologists to doctors and teachers. Mora McLagan hears the children of Mukuru's hopes and dreams for the future and finds out what they would do if they...

Students play outside the Jaombi Foundation School in the Mukuru informal settlement, in Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Jaombi: a school on the edge of the world

Mora McLagan reports from Mukuru, Nairobi in the second of three blog posts on urban inequality. Improved toilets and hand washing facilities make for healthier pupils in Jaombi school, but the children's...

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...

Can civil society influence elections?

It's a question asked by activists around the world: how to influence politicians and their election pledges? Here, Awa Faly Ba and Jérôme Gérard share lessons from West Africa. ...

Dadaab camp. Credit: Oxfam

Farewell Dadaab: leaving the world's biggest refugee camp

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...