The Answer is Nothing.
Many things have happened behind the scenes since the launch of Even It Up Campaign last year both inside and outside Oxfam. Following Oxfam’s own report revealing the World Bank’s private-lending arm, the IRC, with similar findings, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) launched yesterday (April 16). The report, called Evicted and Abandoned, was an expose of abusive and unaccountable World Bank lending programs which were supposed to bring millions of lives out of poverty but ended up not only plunging them further into the cycle but also displacing them.
A disappointing outcome in Sendai: why the fight for strong and accountable action to reduce disaster risk is now more important than everMarch 19th, 2015 Posted in Climate change adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction, Humanitarian | No Comments »
Sendai, Japan _ Just days after the President of Vanuatu almost broke down as he spoke of the devastation that Tropical Cyclone Pam had inflicted upon his nation, the mood is bittersweet at the closing of the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Sendai, Japan.
“No matter how much the ground shakes, we will remain calm in our hearts.”
(Quote from a group of women from Iwakiri district of Sendai, Japan)
In a one’s lifetime, a piece of land is certainly among the most important material possessions the person could have. Yet, more than 1 billion people – nearly one fifth of the world’s population cannot have their most basic needs met such as land, water, and foods.
Umerkot District, Pakistan _ Ameena Samoon lives in Wali Mohammed Rind Village, Sindh province. She belongs to a family which holds 16-acre land. They grow wheat, chilli, maize, pearl mullet, mullet, cotton, oilseeds, sunflower and variety of seasonal vegetables. Women are happy with their traditional activism, working in the field to help their males and take care of their animals with collecting fodder and fuel.
Krishnaa Budha: Water that Changes the Village
Residents of Tolepani village in Dailekh, Nepal, had virtually no water to drink. Women had to walk down to Lohorey river for 2 hours for a couple of pitchers of drinking water. Without water, sanitation became impossible and even preventable diseases like diarrhea and dysentery became common that hit children and elderly people hard. Both villagers and animals had to rely on a small well for water during rainy seasons. With climate change, water sources in the village began to dry up even more putting their food security and whole survival in jeopardy.