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Makyambi Angya colecting water at the tapstand set up by SWIFT in Katungulu, South Kivu, DRC. Credit: Jane Beesley/Oxfam

850,000 success stories for World Water Day

NEWS: The Oxfam-led SWIFT Consortium has successfully completed the first phase of a programme to bring sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) to communities in Kenya and the Democratic...

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...

Water pipe laying in Turkana. Credit: SWIFT's Oxfam team in Kenya

Fit for purpose or fit for payment?

Should payment by results be the new normal in programme funding? In this guest post, Nathaniel Mason, Research Fellow at the ODI, considers the experience of the SWIFT Consortium (Sustainable...

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 street scene in Sierra Leone. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

Using empathy as a research tool: anthropology and Ebola

The Ebola response has posed new challenges for the humanitarian community, including the challenge of understanding and overcoming the social barriers to complying with Ebola prevention and treatment...

Changing people's behaviours towards hand washing in emergencies

Sonya Sagan is working on a global framework for promoting hand washing  with soap, using emotional motivators to encourage behaviour change. ...

Community health volunteers in Liberia (Credit: Pablo Tosco / Oxfam)

Active case finding as a key part of the Ebola response

Duoi Ampilan, one of our public health promoters, talks about how our work on active case finding, whereby Oxfam went to communities to find cases of Ebola and other illnesses, became a key part...

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...