2015, the Year of Revolution: beyond the Millennium Development Goals

April 14th, 2015 by Aimee Brown Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

By Alex Prats, Oxfam Deputy Regional Director, Horn, East and Central Africa

The adoption of the Millennium Development Goals made many people believe that another world was certainly possible in 2015. However, despite some positive progress (see the 2014´s progress report), the results achieved are not what we all expected, to a large extent because of an estimated annual investment deficit of USD 120bn (OECD).

The new agenda for sustainable development, now under construction and to be finalised later this year, will be even more ambitious than the current MDGs. According to a World Bank report, the investment required may be around USD 1tn every year. Other estimations provided are even higher. In times of scarce public resources, how will we be able to generate such an amount of money to fight poverty and inequality?

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Women in Turkana celebrate their individuality, culture successes and the journey ahead!

April 9th, 2015 by Alexandra Chege Posted in Gender, Kenya, Women's rights | No Comments »

Written by Roxanne Abdulali, Arid Lands Programme Manager

IWD celebrations in Turkana County

During the celebrations of International Women’s Day on 8th March, I had an exciting week of meeting incredible women from Turkana County. I was making a routine field visit to oversee governance training that Oxfam was running for coalition representative from the Community Disaster Management Committees (CDMC) in Turkana. The training was sensitising CDMC members on the government structures and the budgeting processes adopted at county and national levels, arming them with essential information required to advocate for their DRR identified priorities.  This is  to be budgeted for in the annual budgeting and planning processes.

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Kaydinta biyaha si loo sugo mustaqbalka Xadka Somaliland-Ethiopia”

March 23rd, 2015 by Alexandra Chege Posted in Agriculture, Drought, Ethiopia, Food security, Health, Humanitarian assistance, Somalia, Water/sanitation | No Comments »

Dumar badan waxay ku tahay socod dheer oo daal badan keliya inay biyo nadiif ah u helaan qoysaskooda

“Halkii Dhibic Kastaa Tirsanayd”

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Saving Water to Secure the Future on the Somaliland-Ethiopia border

March 20th, 2015 by Abdikadir Askar Posted in Agriculture, Drought, Ethiopia, Food security, Health, Humanitarian assistance, Somalia, Water/sanitation | No Comments »

For many women it can be a long tiring walk just to find clean water for their families. Photo Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Water is life. Water is on everyone’s mind, and as we observe World Water Day on 22 March, the time has come for us to take action and find ways to conserve this limited resource so that future generations can also make use of it.

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Securing women’s land rights, Gongoni Village, Tanzania

March 13th, 2015 by Marc Wegerif Posted in Agriculture, Food security, GROW campaign, Gender, Governance, Land, Tanzania, Women's rights | No Comments »

Hot tea, no milk, but a bit of ginger and other spice to add flavour, a large chapatti; this was my breakfast in the village of Gongoni on 4th March. I was sitting under a grass roof supported on a wobbly stick structure. The sun was up, but not yet burning hot. Colleagues I was with had tea or soup with a bit of meat. The chapattis came from a women sitting on the ground under the same rough shelter in a red shirt rolling the dough flat on a wooden block before cooking it with some oil on a curved metal plate on top of a charcoal stove to her side. Unusually the person who actually served us the tea and soup was a man; perhaps a good sign given our reason for being in the village.

Fatuma holds the certificate to her land.

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Make it Happen – celebrating women in South Sudan

March 6th, 2015 by Stella Madete Posted in Conflict, Displacement, Food security, Gender, Governance, Humanitarian assistance, Peacebuilding, South Sudan, Women's rights | No Comments »

Women in South Sudan are resilient, empowered change-makers: they are farmers, journalists, youth leaders, teachers, poets. They support each other, their families and their communities. In a country at war, women have become the backbone of their communities.

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, read and share stories from some of the many inspiring women, who against all, are making change happen in South Sudan.

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Women and financial inclusion in Somalia

March 6th, 2015 by Alexandra Chege Posted in Education, Food security, Gender, Health, Somalia | No Comments »

Women Making it Happen in South Sudan – Stella’s Story

March 6th, 2015 by Stella Madete Posted in Conflict, Food security, Gender, Governance, Humanitarian assistance, Peacebuilding, South Sudan | No Comments »

Stella Gitano at Juba University. Photo: Andrea Campeanu.

“I hope that I don’t continue writing about war and destruction. I want peace to come so that I can write about the experiences of individuals, who overcome troubles, meet their aspirations, their hopes and their ambitions, and enjoy their success” – Stella Gitano – Writer – Juba

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Safe spaces to heal – supporting women in South Sudan

March 6th, 2015 by Stella Madete Posted in Aid, Conflict, Education, Food security, Gender, Governance, Humanitarian assistance, Peacebuilding, Photos, Refugees/IDPs, South Sudan, Women's rights | No Comments »

A lifeline for Somali families is hanging by a thread

February 23rd, 2015 by Alexandra Chege Posted in Aid, Food security, Health, Humanitarian assistance, Somalia | No Comments »

Degan Ali, Executive Director Adeso and Ed Pomfret, Somalia campaigns and policy manager Oxfam

At a time where ‘resilience’ seems to be the new buzzword on the tip of everyone’s tongue, one of Somalia’s most resilient systems – remittances – is hanging by a thread.

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