The UK is fuelling the war in Yemen, this can’t go on

Martin Butcher Conflict, Emergencies, Fragile contexts

In July, the UK Government announced the resumption of new arms licences to Saudi Arabia for weapons to be used in the Yemen war. This is despite Oxfam colleagues in Yemen reporting an increasing number of civilians, including women and children, being killed in the conflict.  We are asking the British public to call on the UK government to respect the International Humanitarian Law …

What does the UN Security Council Resolution on COVID-19 mean?

Pauline Chetcuti Conflict, Humanitarian

On July 1st, the UN Security Council (UNSC) unanimously backed U.N. chief Antonio Guterres’ March 23rd call for a global ceasefire amid the coronavirus pandemic. Resolution 2532 (2020) was finally adopted after more than three months of deadlock. Oxfam and our partners have campaigned for this resolution as a first step towards silencing the guns. The resolution drafted by France …

With coronavirus spreading, time to repurpose the arms industry to meet human need

Martin Butcher Conflict, Health

All over the world we have radically changed our ways of life as the devastating spread of coronavirus transforms our communities. Governments’ priorities have changed overnight, things that seemed impossible only weeks ago are now seeing urgent action. Homeless people have been rehoused quickly. Passenger planes whose flights could not possibly be reduced in the face of climate breakdown are suddenly grounded. …

Why there’s still hope for peace for Palestinians and Israelis

Alison Martin Conflict

A quarter of a century since the signing of the first of the Oslo Accords, and as violence flares again in Gaza, it has never been more urgent to progress peace for Palestinians and Israelis. The distressing escalation of violence in and near Gaza serves as a warning to all of us. Palestinians and Israelis can’t wait any longer for peace. …

Three reasons why an intersectional approach to women’s peace and security agenda is important

Sagal Bafo Conflict, Gender, Humanitarian

October 31st marks 19 years since the historical recognition of the unique gendered impact of violence on the well-being of women and girls. The adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 was the first time where women rights and leadership were acknowledged as vital components in peace building and post-conflict reconstruction. It changed the way the international community …

How to build community trust to fight Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Andrea Vera Nava Conflict, Emergencies, Fragile contexts, Health, Participation and Leadership Leave a Comment

The world’s second-biggest Ebola outbreak is still raging in DRC, with more than 1,400 cases and 900 deaths. Research has shown that distrust is one of the biggest obstacles in this Ebola fight. Oxfam’s Andrea Vera Nava outlines three ways to work with local communities to build their trust and increase the success of an Ebola response in a conflict …

How can the UK government justify arms sales that fuel the war in Yemen?

Laura Gyte Conflict, Food security, Humanitarian, In the news, Protection Leave a Comment

Laura Gyte describes why Oxfam intervened in a court case brought against the UK government over arms sales. UPDATE: on 20 June the Court of Appeal ruled that UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia are unlawful. In April, the Court of Appeal heard a claim brought by Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) on whether the UK government’s decision to …

Debt: a noose around Somalia’s future

Dustin Barter Aid, Conflict, Debt, Food security, In the news, Livelihoods Leave a Comment

Full debt cancellation is the only way forward for Somalia, write Dustin Barter, Oxfam’s Senior Campaigns and Policy Manager in Somalia, and Mohamed A. Ahmed, Independent Debt Specialist. As the African Union Summit kicks off in Addis Adaba this week, Somalia remains swamped in debt, struggling to kick-start a more positive trajectory. Debt relief, a once hot topic (thanks Bono!), …