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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...

Dusk in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, India. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith

SafetiPin: A tool to measure safety in cities

In the latest issue of Gender & Development Kalpana Viswanath writes about SafetiPin, an innovative app that she co-founded to support community and women's safety in cities. Here, she...

Mother and daughter stand outside the small, single-room shack which is their home, in Mukuru informal settlement, in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 28, 2014. The girl goes to a Mukuru school where Oxfam partner Sanergy has installed Fresh Life toilets, which replace unsanitary pit latrines. Credit: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Why have sex and the city when you can have gender?

The new issue of the Gender & Development journal looks at women's rights and the promotion of gender equality in the urban environment. Here G&D's Editor, Caroline Sweetman, draws...

A boy walks down a dirty lane (Credit: Alan Brouder/Oxfam)

An unsanitary tale of urban Pakistan

Floods and drought in rural areas are leading to mass migration into urban centres, however, weak governance and disempowered communities are leading to ever-worsening issues of sanitation and hygiene....

The New Urban: Towards progressive secondary cities (Edited by Jorge Carrillo Rodriguez)

The new urban: the rise of secondary cities in Asia

The Asia Development Dialogue forum was created to promote analysis and debate on largely unaddressed issues surrounding development in Asia. Here, Paht Tan-Attanawin introduces The New Urban,...

Syrian children living in makeshift shelters in Amman, Jordan (Credit: Alan Brouder/Oxfam)

Going urban - aid must adapt to shifting refugee trends

Humanitarian aid is usually associated with camps and emergency shelters, both in terms of the images shown and the concentration of aid workers. However, with the numbers of refugees living in cities...

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...

Workers sort through the contents of a truck carrying waste arrives at the Jamaica dump in the middle of the Mukuru informal settlement, in Nairobi, Kenya, on April 2, 2014. Credit: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

A child's guide to solving inequality

Children whose parents can't afford to pay school fees spend their days sorting through piles of rubbish in Mukuru, Nairobi. In the third of three blog posts about Mukuru Mora McLagan introduces...

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...

Wycliffe Okath, 12, plays in a muddy alley way that also serves as an open sewer in the Mukuru informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya, March 26 2014. Credit: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

The Mukuru slum: a lesson in inequality

Mora McLagan and photographer Sam Tarling recently travelled to the Mukuru slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Here, in the first of a series of blog posts from Mukuru, she reports on the urban inequality...