Oxfam Policy & Practice bloguuid:d7ba8a72-4874-47a6-81b7-cafce25bced4;id=5322013-05-25T08:03:19Z096265f4-73d9-40c7-b28d-9185f09ca6f5Good, but needs to go further - our verdict on this week's disaster risk reduction conference2013-05-24T00:00:00+01:00
Ben Murphy writes from the Global Platform, the disaster risk reduction summit and argues that urgent action is needed to transform the losing battle against risk.
6a04e24e-0fe7-4013-91da-ff33e38d65feSqueezed: living with volatile food prices2013-05-23T00:00:00+01:00
Food prices have been rising globally for over five years. As we launch Squeezed, our new research report on food price volatility, Richard King explains how food price pressure is affecting people's wellbeing and development around the world.
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As we launch our new paper  No Accident,  Dante Dalabajan reflects on resilience and shares lessons from Mindanao, a conflict-afflicted region, which has been hit by two devastating typhoons.
ef2b1d75-4a2b-439a-9345-7b8484d6735fAre governments meeting their MDG spending targets?2013-05-16T00:00:00+01:00Government Spending Watch, a site that collates MDG spending, launches today. Guppi Bola and Rachel Bladon explain how this powerful tool will be critical in holding governments to account.e899ef1d-5ba8-42cc-99f9-2a4f71042aa7What’s the poverty ‘footprint’ of cut flowers? Oxfam’s new report with IPL2013-05-14T18:56:00+01:00
In our latest Poverty Footprint report, released today, we've teamed up with IPL (owned by ASDA and the biggest importer of fresh produce into the UK).  Our report aims to help IPL and their peers to understand more about how different sourcing strategies impact on the lives of small-scale producers and workers in Kenya.
f89c338b-b7df-46aa-8604-196ae91bafc2Syria crisis: Reema, a girl whose face you'll never see2013-05-10T13:52:00+01:00
Today I met a girl whose face you'll never see because she's too scared about what will happen when she returns to Syria, "I don't want my photograph to be taken because I'm afraid that when we go back something might happen to us."  If I quoted her on everything she said, you would say I made it up.  She's 12 going on 25.
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As we celebrate Nigeria's parliamentary approval of a landmark bill on gender based violence, we ask what, and who, made the difference the third time around?
fb346d02-ac37-4439-aff4-a37f3bf8947eSyria crisis: The story of Manal2013-05-09T09:04:00+01:00
Katy Wright is our Head of UK Government Relations. She recently travelled to Lebanon with women's rights campaigner, Lady Fiona Hodgson, and Oxford MP and Oxfam Association Member, Nicola Blackwood. They visited to see how Oxfam is dealing with the humanitarian response in the region, but what stayed with Katy was the human impact of the Syrian crisis - and the story of Manal.
...31932f28-7d0e-474b-99ea-cfe173d424b0Why is HMRC in the dock?2013-05-02T16:38:00+01:00
Chris Johnes argues that as services disappear and the economy stagnates, we could all be paying the price for keeping big UK businesses sweet.
696f4aca-274a-410a-b6ac-70d5cb888ac0A living wage for tea pickers: are we there yet?2013-05-02T12:09:00+01:00
The tragic collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh has put a spotlight on the poor pay and working conditions endured by millions of people who make our clothes or grow our food.
0ffe4501-1c76-4d57-8cb0-238231954903Assessing vulnerability to prioritise interventions – lessons from a South Caucasus village2013-05-01T00:00:00+01:00
We live in an uncertain world; here Daniel Morchain describes an approach to vulnerability and impact assessment he recently used in Armenia in order to reduce uncertainty and make our interventions as effective as possible.
1435a363-dc78-4015-8006-2d9b10eb2125Syria: the world must unite2013-04-30T00:00:00+01:00
The human cost of Syria's conflict has risen beyond all expectations. There are already more than 1.3 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries. Inside Syria itself, 6.8 million people struggle in urgent need of assistance. As we publish a new briefing note on the crisis, Ed Cairns describes how, as the numbers grow, the money to help some of those refugees and displaced people is...47690928-0eda-4ac0-ba71-4ef4f557977eWhy inequality matters2013-04-29T00:00:00+01:00
Inequality impacts on the welfare of us all. It affects everything, including social cohesion, the economy, politics, gender relations, environmental concerns and sustainability. NGOs ignore inequality at their peril, thankfully Oxfam has plenty to say about it.
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Less than two months ago, Oxfam called on the three largest chocolate companies to do more for the women who grow the cocoa used in Oreos, M&Ms and Crunch bars, to name just a few. But what happened next? Irit Tamar explains.
65588328-821d-4ad9-8fd2-51285be98f7fMerit, privilege or Slumdog Millionaires? Income inequality and social mobility2013-04-22T12:44:00+01:00
It would be nice to believe that anyone can escape poverty through sheer hard work but, as Oxfam's Head of Research  Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva explains, social mobility is far from perfect.
1456bd2b-5669-4275-95f0-152d23fa5ad1The World Bank and land grabs2013-04-15T11:15:00+01:00
At the beginning of its Land and Poverty Conference this week, the World Bank Group put out a statement on land that follows many months - and in some cases years - of campaigning and lobby by organisations all over the world for the Bank to take land-grabbing more
8f34bfc1-af48-4013-860f-cb1a318d6a13Wage ladder – what’s next? 2013-04-10T10:08:00+01:00
The worldwide garment industry produces enormous wealth - surely workers can share in these gains? A question posed by today's guest blogger, Ivo Spauwen of the Fair Wear Foundation, who writes in response to our report on labour rights in Unilever's supply chain
9d3da2ac-e0ee-449c-ade6-5919bc7f774dBroken promises: rural women hit hardest by corporate land deals2013-04-09T18:15:00+01:00
Tatu in Tanzania, a female food hero finalist in 2012, harvesting potatoes that she sells, along with other vegetables, in the city of Dar es Salaam some 350kms away.
Small-scale women farmers are the backbone of Africa's food system, but, as corporations buy up huge swathes of rural land, they are losing out at every turn. Marc Wegerif, Oxfam's Economic Justice Campaign...ce1f8da3-9d3d-461a-8911-a4f24a7b8ceaTransformational change for women and their communities in Mali2013-04-08T11:35:00+01:00
We recently launched the findings from our three-year research project into Women's Collective Action in agricultural markets in sub-Saharan Africa. Following blogs on reaching marginalised women in Ethiopia and making markets work for women smallholders in Tanzania, Learning and Communications Co-ordinator Imogen Davies explains how collective action has improved gender relations...234c88ae-8aa3-468f-8807-8177a34fb69eSpeaking up for the most vulnerable in Britain is not “out of touch”2013-04-05T13:06:00+01:00
The April Fool's Day welfare changes are no joke. They are a serious threat to those living in poverty in the UK. Katherine Trebeck, Research and Policy Adviser for Oxfam's UK Poverty programme, dismantles the Chancellor's claim that charities, churches and commentators are spreading "ill-informed
rubbish", showing it to be based on little more than...