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?
Pushed beyond breaking point: communities in South Sudan’s north facing second year of hunger and isolation due to conflictApril 14th, 2015 by Stella Madete Posted in Aid, Conflict, Drought, Food security, South Sudan | No Comments »
By Aimee Brown, Oxfam’s Regional Media and Communications Advisor
Oxfam America’s president, Raymond C. Offenheiser, reflects on his visit to a country in the grip of a massive hunger crisis.
Written by Roxanne Abdulali, Arid Lands Programme Manager
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.
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.