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10 Aug 2017 description
report Oxfam

By Suzanne Ferron

This review aimed to get a better understanding of the extent and effectiveness of non-food item (NFI) distributions in Oxfam programmes, in order to develop recommendations for programme policy and guidance to maximize the impact of NFI distributions or alternatives in future responses. Documentation relating to 15 recent WASH responses was examined and key informant interviews were conducted with some of the key Oxfam staff involved in these responses.

08 Aug 2017 description
report Oxfam

Migrants tell of torture, sexual violence and slavery in Libyan ‘hell'

Three quarters witnessed murder or torture and almost all of the women had been sexually assaulted

Rape, torture and slave labour are among the daily realities in Libya for people fleeing war, persecution and poverty, according to a new report by Oxfam and Italian partners MEDU and Borderline Sicilia published today.

03 Aug 2017 description
report Oxfam

Aggregated data on direct funding flows to local humanitarian actors exists at the global level, but there is limited aggregated knowledge of how much funding – and through what channels – goes to local actors at the country level, particularly funding that reaches local actors indirectly. Deeper analysis at the country level can provide useful information for all humanitarian actors to make practical changes in the financing architecture and better meet commitments made through the Grand Bargain and other international agreements, like the Charter4Change.

18 Jul 2017 description
report Oxfam

In 2015, the leaders of 193 governments promised to reduce inequality as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Without reducing inequality, meeting the SDG to eliminate poverty will be impossible. Now Development Finance International and Oxfam have produced the first index to measure the commitment of governments to reducing the gap between the rich and the poor.

18 Jul 2017 description
report Oxfam

Commenting on today’s National Audit Office report Managing the Official Development Assistance target, Oxfam’s head of UK policy, Richard Pyle said:

“It's clear from this report that the vast majority of the UK’s aid money is well spent and well managed - it makes a massive difference to the world’s poorest people. We're pleased the NAO recognises the improvements made by the Department for International Development (DFID), which manages three quarters of UK aid.

04 Jul 2017 description
report Oxfam

With the world on the brink of an unprecedented four famines, donor countries must urgently step up efforts to tackle the structural causes of hunger and poverty. Food security and sustainable agriculture are among the European Union’s key priorities for development cooperation. The EU is committed to longterm solutions, including empowering smallholders, in particular women, and supporting environmentally sustainable approaches in agriculture. In practice, however, its development aid to the agricultural sector does not live up to its commitments.

30 Jun 2017 description
report Oxfam

With the world on the brink of an unprecedented four famines, donor countries must urgently step up efforts to tackle the structural causes of hunger and poverty. Food security and sustainable agriculture are among the European Union’s key priorities for development cooperation. The EU is committed to longterm solutions, including empowering smallholders, in particular women, and supporting environmentally sustainable approaches in agriculture. In practice, however, its development aid to the agricultural sector does not live up to its commitments.

23 Jun 2017 description
report Oxfam

1 THE PROJECT

Globally, policies and international standards on gender in emergencies do exist. However, the implementation of humanitarian assistance with a strong gender perspective remains ad hoc, with limited accountability of implementing agencies.

This project: Institutionalizing Gender in Emergencies: Bridging Policy and Practice was designed to explore how to better institutionalize gender-related standards in humanitarian assistance.

23 Jun 2017 description
report Oxfam

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This final evaluation report reviews the project ‘Institutionalizing Gender in Emergencies: Bridging Policy and Practice in the Humanitarian System’, which was funded by the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations – Enhanced Response Capacity fund (ECHO-ERC) and implemented by Oxfam in Pakistan, South Sudan, Ethiopia and the Dominican Republic between September 2015 and March 2017.

20 Jun 2017 description
report Oxfam

Syrian refugees and Palestine refugees from Syria have fled their homes in search of safety, but the majority of Oxfam research participants report that they have not found complete safety and protection in Lebanon. Refugees’ conceptions of what constitutes ‘safety’ are individualized and subjective. The international community and host governments should not make decisions for refugees about what or where is ‘safe’, but instead should support refugees to find safety in the present, and determine their futures for themselves.

SUMMARY

14 Jun 2017 description
report Oxfam

The story of a “stone soup” helps children open their hearts and accept their differences.

Sunday morning: A cafeteria in the center of Ioannina - in the north-western region of Greece - is open and the tables are already set in a circle in the yard. The first people to arrive are a storyteller – with a suitcase full of materials, colors, and stories - an Arabic speaking cultural mediator, and some ARSIS staff.

** Who is ARSIS? And why the storyteller?**

31 May 2017 description
report Oxfam

As the Syrian crisis enters its sixth year, the world is witness to what has been characterized as the largest humanitarian emergency of our time. More than 11 million people have fled their homes, of whom around five million have sought refuge in neighbouring countries. Lebanon is hosting 1.5 million refugees from Syria, and 31,500 registered Palestinian refugees from Syria as of December 2016.

26 May 2017 description
report Oxfam

INTRODUCTION

Empowering women and supporting gender equality are the stated aims of many development projects; this is an area of focus that is also expressed in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

10 May 2017 description
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Athens, Greece, 9 May 2017 – 15 NGOs urge the Greek Government to immediately reverse the recent policy excluding asylum-seekers on the Greek islands who appeal negative asylum decisions from the possibility of participating later on in the International Organisation for Migration’s (IOM) Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programme and forcing those who wish to participate to forego their right to appeal.

09 May 2017 description
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Evidence Brief

During conflicts and crises, children often face multiple stressors that can have significant impacts on their physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. Because unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) have lost the care and protection of their primary caregivers, they face a heightened risk of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence (Maestral International, 2011). As a result, programming for UASC cases is often prioritized in the context of humanitarian interventions (Maestral International, 2011; Hepburn et al., 2004).

08 May 2017 description
report Tufts University, Oxfam
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Evidence Brief

Water, sanitation and hygiene interventions (WASH) are commonly implemented as part of emergency response activities (i.e. in response to disease outbreaks) in low and middle-income countries. But what does the existing evidence tell us about what works? How does the use of WASH interventions reduce disease outbreaks? What are the programme design and implementation characteristics associated with more effective programmes? What is the cost effectiveness of WASH interventions in emergency outbreak situations? What are the barriers and facilitators to WASH interventions in outbreaks?