No complacency: The mood after 20 days without infections in Liberia may be dampened but hope is not destroyed by the newly confirmed case of Ebola in Monrovia.
Amy Christian, Oxfam Communications Coordinator joined the Oxfam emergency response team in Vanuatu as they began their first distribution of hygiene kits in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam.
Exacerbated by climate change, disasters are increasingly pushing people into deeper poverty and compromising their safety. That’s why the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 agreed today in Sendai is so disappointing for Oxfam and many other organizations working with communities affected by disasters around the world.
Governments are making agreements in Sendai, Japan, but the money isn’t attached.
This morning, the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) opened in Sendai, Japan. His Excellency Mr. Baldwin Lonsdale, the President of Vanuatu delivered an emotional opening statement, a wake-up call for the international community - the current status quo in disaster risk reduction efforts is failing the world’s most vulnerable nations and communities.
Just as Tropical Cyclone Pam tears a path through the Pacific with winds of up to 280km per hour, a team of Oxfam staff and partners are gathering at the third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in Sendai, Japan, to call for a bold new course to reduce the risk of disasters over the next fifteen years.
With our partners in Lebanon and Jordan, we work to reach refugee families hit hard by torrents of rain and snow.
One of my favorite parts of my job at Oxfam is reading new research findings and reports in our field to help my humanitarian programming and policy colleagues keep on top of external trends. I recently conducted such a scan to guide Oxfam’s planning for the coming year. Here are eight of the most interesting things that I found.