Geneva/London, April 27, 2016. Oxfam and CARE have joined 21 other INGOs and over 120 national and local organisations to call for a reorientation of the humanitarian system towards local agencies, by signing the Charter for Change.
The international community should plug a $2 billion funding gap for countries hit by El Nino-related drought and storms. These have left a staggering 60 million people around the world facing crop failures and worsening hunger said international agency Oxfam today.
The UN is convening a meeting of countries today (26 April) in Geneva to pledge money to those affected by El Nino.
In this review, we will investigate the impact of eight WASH interventions in preventing (reducing the risk of) and controlling outbreaks in LMIC, with particular focus on three diseases of current concern to the response community – cholera, Ebola, and Hepatitis E. Additionally, we will explore economic outcomes related to WASH interventions within an outbreak.
Lampedusa one year on: EU still failing to deal with migration crisis as death toll rises
One year after 800 people drowned off Lampedusa in the Mediterranean, Europe is still failing to deal effectively with the migration crisis. Vulnerable people who risk death, torture and exploitation to reach and cross the Mediterranean then face a legal limbo once in Europe, said Oxfam in a new report today.
This protocol outlines plans for conducting an evidence synthesis on child protection. This synthesis will ask the overarching research question: What is the impact of protection interventions on unaccompanied and separated children (UASC), during the period of separation, in humanitarian crises in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs)? Specifically, the review will examine this via the following secondary questions that focus on three domains of intervention:
Deportations of refugees and migrants from Greece to Turkey must be halted immediately and people wanting to seek asylum should not be kept in detention, said Oxfam, Norwegian Refugee Council and SolidarityNow today in Greece.
Refugees could be returned to Turkey without having had a proper asylum hearing or without receiving the necessary information about their legal rights, the aid agencies warn. Forced returns to Turkey were restarted after a pause last week.
The UK is failing in its responsibility to protect some of the world’s most vulnerable people who have been displaced by conflict, violence, persecution and poverty, a group of 13 aid and refugee agencies said today.
The lack of adequate response from the UK and European governments to the more than a million refugees and migrants who arrived in Europe in 2015 has compounded the suffering and created a humanitarian crisis on Britain’s doorstep
About 60 million people across Southern Africa and the Horn, Central America, and the Pacific face worsening hunger and poverty due to droughts and crop failures in 2014/5 that have been exacerbated by the El Niño weather system in 2015/6. This number is likely to rise.
This short report gives a voice to some of the people that Oxfam is working with in Ethiopia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, El Salvador and Papua New Guinea.
Unprecedented Human Suffering Prompts Call for Increased Global Response
New Report Addresses Need For Comprehensive Solutions to Enhance the International Humanitarian System
Oxfam, Save the Children and Norwegian Refugee Council criticised the deeply disappointing outcome of today’s international pledging conference for resettlement of refugees fleeing the ongoing crisis in Syria.
Rich countries have resettled just 1.39% of Syrian refugees, need to step up efforts
Rich countries have resettled only 1.39 percent of the nearly five million Syrian refugees, a fraction of the 10 percent of people who need to be urgently offered a safe haven. As wealthy states meet in Geneva on 30 March to discuss the Syria refugee crisis, Oxfam urges them to redouble their efforts and offer their ‘fair share’ of support to hundreds of thousands of refugees.
Lesvos, 24 March 2016
Oxfam has today suspended operations in Moria camp, on the Greek island of Lesvos, in response to the deteriorating treatment of migrants after the recent deal struck between the EU and Turkey.
Protection in a humanitarian context can seem a daunting challenge, and many non-specialists may feel it is too complex, technical or risky to take on board in their programmes. Fundamentally, though, protection is about people being safe from the harm others might cause them when conflict or disaster may leave them more vulnerable. This booklet provides an overview of what protection means in practice, who is responsible for making it happen and what those in need of protection can expect of humanitarians.
As humanitarians we can never take over the role of the state, but we do have a complementary part to play, remaining accountable to the people we seek to support. That can involve coordinating, supporting, capacity building and advocating with the relevant authorities to uphold their protection responsibilities towards people at risk.
European Union [EU] leaders today are set to strike a deal with Turkey that will see all people entering Greece irregularly via the Aegean Sea returned to Turkey. In exchange, the EU will resettle one Syrian refugee for each one returned.
Commenting on the deal, Oxfam’s migration policy lead, Sara Tesorieri, said:
"EU and Turkish leaders today made an agreement on the migration crisis that not only fails to respect the spirit of international and EU laws, but may amount to trading human beings for political concessions.
Dear European Leaders:
As organisations working directly with refugees and migrants in Europe, we ask European Union Member States present at the European Council meeting of 17th and 18th March 2016 to take the opportunity to come together in solidarity and conclude bold, unified and decisive policies to address the humanitarian crisis.
A decision to shift the EU’s responsibility for refugees to Turkey would see the bloc bargaining its core values and abandoning fundamental legal obligations, warns Oxfam today. Such a decision, which leaders may make this week, would set a dangerous precedent that human rights don't matter anymore. Already European border closures and restrictions are dramatically worsening the humanitarian crisis for refugees and migrants living in desperate conditions from Greece to Macedonia and from Serbia to Sicily.