When we say the word water it seems to be just a five letter word but these five letters mean lives and livelihoods. Each year millions of people die from diseases associated with the lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene. Global figures mask great disparities between regions and countries where the wealthiest people have seen the biggest improvement in accessing clean water and sanitation, while the poorest lag far behind.
On 9th July 2011, the world ushered in a new nation- South Sudan- after nearly five decades of a liberation war from Sudan. Hope for true independence marked by peace, reconciliation and development reigned supreme. But those dreams were shattered when in December 2013; a feud among the political elite sunk the country back to the bowels of war.
Blog by Nimo Jirdeh, Oxfam Somalia Policy and Advocacy Adviser
Focus on Gender and the World Bank Group: Perspectives from Land and Poverty Conference, and the Spring Meetings 2015June 15th, 2015 by Alun McDonald Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »
By Everlyne Nairesiae, Oxfam Women’s Land Rights Advisor
I participated in the World Bank Group (WBG) Land and Poverty Conference, and the IMF/World Bank 2015 Spring Meetings in Washington D.C. for the first time this year. After more than a decade working on land and women’s rights issues, I was finally in my new role as Women’s Land Rights Advisor with Oxfam and getting access to such spaces where important discussions take place and decisions are made. Decisions that affect the grassroots women I had worked with for over a decade, but who are rarely represented. I was interested to learn more about WBG work and see the extent to which it did, or sometimes didn’t promote gender equality and women’s land rights.
WBG Land and Poverty Conference
Access to clean and safe water is difficult in Bowdha Dogore village in Adado district, Somalia, where Abdi Ahmed Jamaa, together with his 14 children and two wives reside. For a long time, Abdi and his family have depended on rehabilitated water cisterns (called barkads) as their only water supply. These water sources were left open and in a dilapidated state posing a risk to both the people of Bowdha Dogore and their livestock.
Overcrowding on the thin strip of rocky beach at Kagunga, where over 40,000 people are estimated to have fled from neighbouring Burundi, has been so severe that women and children sit right at the water’s edge on the soaked sand as they wait for the boats to arrive.
By Josephine Wambui
100 years ago in April, over 1300 women came together in the Hague to protest the 1st World War. These were the founders of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). 100 years later and over 1,000 women (representing over 80 countries) met in the Hague to not only remember what the previous generation had done and achieved so far but to also connect, strengthen and celebrate the work of peace makers across the world as well as discuss new and radical approaches to stop and prevent wars and establish principles of permanent peace. The conference did not disappoint. The list of speakers including Madeleine Rees OBE, (Secretary General, WILPF), Edith Ballantyne (long standing member of WILPF – over 80 years old), Zahra Langhi (Founder Director of Libyan Women’s Platform for Peace) amongst other key note and sessions speakers in addition to the engaging participants made it worthwhile.
As the rainy season approaches, peace is more essential than ever.
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?