In order to help communities prepare for, and respond to, this new climate reality, we need to look closely at the way that we operate as an international community. We collectively must break this cycle - and we can.
If the war on inequality is to be won, then we must ensure that the ‘Akirus’ of this world are empowered to take up their rightful place in the fight for tax justice.
Small communities in the dry corridor in Honduras are the most affected. The drought has affected livelihoods, specially women´s, and has brought an economic crisis for many homes and migration to already overpopulated cities. Mary Robinson, United Nations special envoy for El Niño and climate change, met some women in Lange, Honduras.
Josephine Liebl, Oxfam’s global policy lead on displacement, looks ahead to the UN Summit in New York in September – and looks back on a heady few weeks negotiating its outcome. While it goes some way, the Summit is the start of a long process and not the delivery of the solutions the world is waiting for.
Touching down in a hot Havana, the head of Oxfam International was quick to express her curiosity about our Caribbean island. We were intrigued and excited to meet her. Winnie Byanyima is a renowned African women’s rights activist, who through her work at Oxfam has stepped up the fight against economic inequality across the globe, and now she was here in Cuba!
Last week the Southern Africa Development Community declared a regional drought emergency, and launching a $2.4 billion appeal to the international community. Oxfam Communications Coordinator, Innocent Katsande reports from Zimbabwe on the urgent need for help.
From 2017, the Oxfam International Secretariat will begin its move to Nairobi in Kenya. We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding and a Host Country Agreement with the President and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kenya. I must give my personal thanks to President Uhuru Kenyatta for being such an enthusiastic champion to help realize our plans.
As Malawi experiences the worst drought it's had for 35 years, exacerbated by El Niño, many are suffering from hunger and starvation.
At the upcoming ECOSOC 'High level political forum on sustainable development', UN country representatives must urgently review the SDGs health indicator and change it to measure what really matters, in order to make sure people aren't pushed further into poverty due to lifesaving healthcare payments.