Ghozlan, Syrian refugee living in Za’atari Camp, taking part in the Greenhouse project. Credit: Alixandra Buck/Oxfam

No hope of earning an income for Syrian women in Jordan

Aisha Shtiwi Humanitarian, Refugees and IDPs, Women's Economic Empowerment Leave a Comment

As decision makers meet in Brussels to discuss the situation of Syrian refugees, Aisha Shtiwi shares the story of Ghozlan, one of millions of women refugees who can’t access work. “Our suffering started when we arrived. I went to every single place to find work in the camp, but no one hired me”, said Ghozlan, a young Syrian woman we …

Women’s rights in South Sudan: How do you empower women in a country in conflict?

Tim Bierley Conflict, Gender Leave a Comment

How do you help empower women in a conflict zone? In South Sudan, Oxfam is pushing to help women make money through agriculture and small businesses, with the aim of boosting their ability to claim their rights in the household and community. In this podcast Anne Daniel Ali, Director-General of the Ministry of Gender and Social Welfare in Wau State, …

Laila*, 18 carries her son Abul* 18 months and daughter Jida, 2* to the shore in Teknaf, Bangladesh (names have been changed). Credit: Tommy Trenchard / Oxfam

Questioning the use of biometric technology in humanitarian response

Anna Kondakhchyan Humanitarian, ICT4D, Protection, Refugees and IDPs Leave a Comment

Anna Kondakhchyan shares the findings of new research, Biometrics in the Humanitarian Sector, which looks into the benefits and risks of using biometric technology to register people to receive humanitarian aid. How would you feel if refusal to submit your biometric data meant you were excluded from the provision of humanitarian assistance? Biometrics, the measurement of human characteristics through technology such …

A woman uses her water credit, which is stored in a small, plastic token, to buy water from a Water ATM in Hadado, Kenya. Credit: Katie G. Nelson/Oxfam

Taking emergency water, sanitation and hygiene to market

Esther Shaylor Humanitarian, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) 1 Comment

Esther Shaylor explains how Oxfam is working with other NGOs to share learning about providing emergency water, sanitation and hygiene using local markets. In recent years there has been a change in how we deliver humanitarian aid. The humanitarian sector as a whole is moving away from distributing food and other items, and, through research and practice, is working out …

Afghanistan, Herat, November 8, 2017 20-year-old Sahar became a refugee in Iran when she was 6 months old. Credit: Joel van Houdt

Afghanistan: the tragedy of return

Dr. Jorrit Kamminga Conflict, Refugees and IDPs Leave a Comment

Are the returnees to Afghanistan safe in what is still a conflicted and fragile state? Dr. Jorrit Kamminga introduces a new report which explores this.  With headline news carrying stories about a string of bloody attacks in Afghanistan, it’s important to remember that there is another side to the Afghan tragedy that is not making the headlines. In addition to the …

Three women walking down the main road of Cirhogole Village. DRC. Credit: Ramon Sanchez Orense/Oxfam

Working with men in the most dangerous place to be a woman

Augustin Titi Rutanuka Fragile contexts, Gender, General, Protection, Violence Against Women and Girls Leave a Comment

The Democratic Republic of Congo has become renowned for incredibly high levels of sexual violence. Oxfam partner CEDIER has been working to engage men in the DRC, to tackle some of the widespread beliefs and practices which contribute to making this such a dangerous place for women. Over the last 20 years, the DRC has been characterized by internal armed …

Baby Khulood and his grnadmother in hospital in Sana’a, Yemen. Credit: Gabreez

A year in emergencies

Sophie Mack Smith Emergency, Humanitarian Leave a Comment

Sophie Mack-Smith reflects on the humanitarian events of 2017 and how Oxfam responded, both to new disasters and chronic crises. From Bangladesh to the Philippines, Iraq, DRC, Yemen, South Sudan, Syria and Somalia, Oxfam brought lifesaving aid to nearly 10 million people last year. But not everyone can be reached, and tragically the scale of need looks set only to …

Oxfam Community Health Volunteers in Clara Town, Liberia during the 2014 Ebola epidemic. Credit: Pablo Tosco / Oxfam

Information management matters in emergencies

Tom Smith Humanitarian Leave a Comment

‘A properly functioning information management system means data can travel from a community health volunteer in a remote village in Nigeria, to a mailing pack which may land on your welcome mat.’ Tom Smith reflects on the importance of managing information well in humanitarian responses. I’m new to the humanitarian sector, but from what I’ve seen, information management isn’t at …

Rohingya refugees walk along the shore line in Teknaf, Bangladesh. Credit: Tommy Trenchard / Oxfam

Indignation and inspiration, heartbreak and hope: Our 2017

Catherine Meredith Gender, General, Humanitarian, Inequality Leave a Comment

As 2017 draws to a close Catherine Meredith looks back at the many powerful blogs posts, videos and podcasts which we’ve published on Views & Voices this year. My job as editor is a great privilege. I am frequently inspired by colleagues’ passion for overcoming injustice and the innovative ways in which they, and Oxfam, are helping people overcome poverty …

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

Reaching refugees and boosting small businesses in Bangladesh

Corrie Sissons Emergency, Food & livelihoods, Humanitarian, Refugees and IDPs Leave a Comment

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 …