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Date: Jan 2014

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A satellite image of the super El Niño of 1997-1998. The seesaw-like effect of an El Niño, with sea level along the equator down in the west and up in the eastern Pacific, can be seen in this image. White and red indicate higher-than-normal sea levels (warm water) and purple represents lower-than-normal sea height and cooler water. Credit: NASA/JPL

Increase in super El Niños will impact the poorest most

Scientists may have cracked a big climate puzzle:  whether rising global temperatures will influence the weather phenomenon known as El Niño. Unfortunately, the answer is probably yes. Here,...

What is a risk-taking wealth creator anyway?

At a time the contribution business can make to help the UK economy recover is in the spotlight, Francis Stuart talks about the language of social justice and environmental sustainability, and how...

A Syrian refugee girl in Zaatari Camp, Jordan, where new arrivals are still living in tents in the cold in harsh desert conditions. Credit: Karl Schembri/Oxfam

Syria needs peace, not foreign weapons

As peace talks take place in Geneva the conflict in Syria is close to entering its fourth year. The fighting continues to be fueled by arms and ammunition from far beyond the country's...

2014: the year of hard truths or return of the good times?

Economic growth returned to the UK last year and unemployment is falling, but can people on the lowest incomes expect things to get better in 2014? Krisnah Poinasamy analyses recent good and bad...

Women's rally in Uttar Pradesh, India. Credit: Rajendra Shaw/Oxfam

Working for the few: private power over democracy

Seven out of ten people live in countries where economic inequality has increased in the last 30 years. Our new briefing calls for the world leaders meeting in Davos this week to counter...

Wulu, South Sudan Within without state public dialogue

Governance and Fragility: lessons learnt

This week the Within and Without the State (WWS) programme is sharing its experience from South Sudan at a UNDP expert practitioners meeting in New York. Here, Louie Fooks, Global Learning and...

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...

Sunrise in Barguna Sadar, Bangladesh. Credit: Ami Vitale/Oxfam

Changes we want to see in 2014

At the dawn of 2014 time is running out for the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). How is the world doing? In the spirit of new  year optimism we asked nine Oxfam experts what...

We made history in 2013: moments to make your heart beat fast

As we enter a new year, Anna Macdonald celebrates one of 2013's most historic achievements when, after 10 years of tireless campaigning, a global arms trade treaty was finally adopted by the...