Speaking out about the Rohingya crisis

Ed Cairns Emergency, Humanitarian, Protection, Refugees and IDPs, Research Leave a Comment

Oxfam has interviewed Rohingya refugees about their needs, hopes and fears for the future, and published their responses in a new briefing paper. Here Ed Cairns reflects on the responsibility to speak out. More than 626,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar since 25 August, one of the fastest movements of people in history. By November, the world’s interest had largely moved …

What kind of evidence might persuade people to change their minds on refugees?

Ed Cairns Influencing, Refugees and IDPs Leave a Comment

Humanitarian Policy Adviser Ed Cairns reflects on using evidence to influence the treatment of refugees.  Ed presented on this subject at our recent Evidence for Influencing conference organised by the Oxfam Research Network.  Who thinks that governments decide what to do on refugees after carefully considering the evidence? Not many, I suspect. So it was an interesting to be asked …

Theresa May at the UNGA: standing up for internationalism?

Ed Cairns Aid, General Leave a Comment

Ed Cairns, Senior Policy Advisor at Oxfam GB, gives his reaction to the British Prime Minister’s speech at the recent United Nations General Assembly meeting. It’s been an interesting couple of days at the UN. While Donald Trump wrapped himself in the language of sovereignty, aggressively appropriating national interest for his ends, the next day Theresa May wrapped herself in …