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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 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...

On World Water Day, is it all about cooperation or who can make the biggest splash?

The UN named 2013 the year of water cooperation, but is it just an ideal or is it a reality? ...

The daily struggle for water in Yemen

World leaders are meeting in London today to discuss the deepening humanitarian situation in Yemen.  Over half the population does not have access to clean water and Sana'a is predicted...

Team Tiger’s Treasure Hunt in Ethiopia

Oxfam is always looking at new ways to improve sanitation in its programmes and the Tiger Worm Toilet is just one novel method that is currently being trialled. With an estimated 2.6 billion people...

Gomati Dhami. President of Drinking Water & Sanitation Users Committee. Checking chillis in vegetable garden irrigated by waste water. Nepal. Jane Beesley/ Oxfam

Dalit women leading disaster preparedness in Nepal

On the eve of The International Day for Disaster Reduction, Oxfam's Global Humanitarian Gender Adviser Tess Dico Young reports on a project that enabled women from marginalised Dalit...

Collecting clean water in DRC. Credit: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam

Oxfam publishes advice on handling a cholera outbreak - but are we right?

Oxfam's Cholera Outbreak Guidelines were developed as an internal resource, but today we are sharing them externally in order to seek input from the international humanitarian community. We hope...

Solar-powered water pump in Turkana. Credit: Brian McSorley/Oxfam

Solar power – can it out-perform diesel when pumping water?

Brian McSorley on an Oxfam solar water pumping programme in arid northern Kenya that is testing - and sometimes overturning - assumptions about solar power, and finding that for many communities,...