A market stall at Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Credit: Corrie Sissons, Oxfam

Reaching refugees and boosting small businesses in Bangladesh

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By providing emergency cash or vouchers Oxfam can help people in crisis to get desperately needed food and other items, while boosting local businesses at the same time. Corrie Sissons explains what this looks like in Oxfam’s Rohingya Crisis response. At Oxfam we help those in crisis to meet their emergency needs in a way which does no harm. This …

Razida, 35, carries her ten-month old son Anisul through Unchiprang Camp in Bangladesh. Tommy Trenchard / Oxfam.

Speaking out about the Rohingya crisis

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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 …

A presentation at Fulchari Union. Credit: Caroline Ashley/Oxfam

A no ‘tick-box’ approach to gender and resilience

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A key question for Oxfam and the development sector is how to address the different challenges faced by people living in poverty in a holistic fashion. However, our partners are often already successfully addressing multiple issues at once as Caroline Ashley saw in Bangladesh. I’ve seen gender treated as a ‘tick-box’ exercise – yes women participated. The same goes for …

Local toilets and a temporary bridge, modified and built in an effort to adapt to the flooding in Tala, Bangladesh.

Help! My toilet is sinking!

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Louise Medland, Carol Brady and Jessica Fullwood-Thomas examine the long term effects of annual flooding and waterlogging on people’s lives in Bangladesh.  Heavy rainfall during July and August in 2011 caused severe flooding in southern districts of Bangladesh, particularly Satkhira, Jessore, Khulna and Cox’s Bazar. Close to 90% of the population were temporarily displaced from their homes and were forced …

Overcoming social barriers: A journey by women WASH platform

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In this latest blog Ashish Barua explains how the all female ‘Women WASH Platform’  has broken down social barriers to encourage better practice in Bangladesh.  “We install latrines inside the heads of people” Rina Begum, member of Surjodoy Community Based Organisation (CBO) from Bakshigonj upazilla in the Jamalpur district, almost bombed into the discussion. “You install it inside peoples’ heads?” …