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Barbara Chinyeu (36) is a widow who risks her life every day to irrigate her crops and feed her two children. She lives in Chiawa, Zambia, a rural area with few transport links and employment opportunities. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

Blog: Message to Southern Africa leaders: invest in women and smallholder farmers

From the 17-18 August 2015, SADC (Southern African Development Community) Heads of State will take key decisions that will determine the direction of development and integration in the region. They should elevate one issue above all others: the importance of investment in women and smallholder farmers. 

Rena Christo, de 33 años, con su hijo Justin, de 9 meses. Foto: Oxfam

Blog: Voces de África: la Unión Africana cumple 50 años

Me he pasado tres días en la capital de África, Addis Abea, sede de la Unión Africana. Durante este tiempo, ha habido una intensa actividad al margen de la cumbre de la UA, pero he encontrado algún momento para poder explicar el trabajo de Oxfam a varia gente. Los tres días concluyeron con una actividad a la cual asistí llamada “50 lugares, 50 voces”, organizada por el equipo de Derechos en situación de Crisis de Oxfam.

Rena Christo, 33 and her son Justin, 9 months. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Voices from Africa: the African Union at 50

I recently spent three days in Africa’s capital, Addis Ababa, the seat of the African Union. During this time, there was a flurry of activity in the margins of the AU summit but I found my own space to talk to various people about Oxfam’s work. The three days were concluded by attending an activity called “50 Voices, 50 Places”, organized by Oxfam’s Rights in Crisis team.

What next for Congo after politics got in the way of peace?

Blog: What next for Congo after politics got in the way of peace?

Political disputes have delayed a peace deal that could potentially affect millions of lives. As attention on the crisis in eastern DRC wanes, the humanitarian situation remains dire. We must ensure that this golden opportunity for peace is not lost for ever.

Photo of Agnes Yawe outside the African Union buildings

Blog: Getting to know the African Union – an insight from Addis Ababa

Oxfam runs a “Pan African Professional in Residence” program, which seconds young members of African civil society organizations to help them better engage with the African Union (AU), its decision makers and policy-making processes. Agnes Yawe, a Campaigns, Advocacy and Lobbying Officer for PELUM, recently finished a three-month stint in the program in Addis Ababa – the home of the AU – and reflects on her experience:

Malawi's President Bingu Wa Mutharika has helped that country make good progress toward reaching the Abuja target.

Blog: Dear African leaders: A little less conversation, a little more action please!

Earlier this week, leaders of over 50 African countries packed their bags and headed home from the African Union (AU) Summit in Uganda. So after months of planning for the event, I can take a break and reflect back on what happened at the meeting!

Jeremy Hobbs speaks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. Credit: Oxfam

Blog: Opening Oxfam’s African Union liaison office

Last month I joined the pan-African Oxfam team and partners for the first half of the African Union Summit held in Addis Ababa and took advantage of being there to open the Oxfam International Liaison Office with the African Union (AU).

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