peace and security

Graphic: It's easier to trade in guns than bananas.

Blog: Control Arms: sign up to support a bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty

Every year, millions of people worldwide are killed, injured, raped and repressed because of a poorly regulated arms trade that fuels human rights abuses, conflict and poverty.

It’s time to act. It’s an appalling joke that bananas are more tightly regulated than guns. That’s why we are demanding that governments agree to a bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that protects everyone.

Awareness raising exercise, in case of an attack by LRA men, held by members of the local protection committee and womens association in Bangadi village, DRC

Blog: Living in the shadow of the LRA

In the village of Bangadi, in Congo's north-eastern Orientale province, you don't have to look hard to see the impact that the vicious rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army, the LRA, has had on the community.

The village, close to the border with Sudan, where the LRA is also active, is surrounded by forest and hard to protect. 

"We can" campaign in Sri Lanka for Women rights. Photo: Annie Bungeroth/Oxfam

Blog: Summer school on women, peace and security: Apply now!

After two successful summer school sessions in 2010 and 2011, Oxfam Novib once again organizes a summer school on Women, Peace and Security in The Hague, the Netherlands this year. 

The living conditions in the camps in Afgooye are very bad. Photo: Hassan Noor/Oxfam

Blog: The London Somalia Conference: In whose interests?

Today in London, 40 governments from around the world, the UN, African Union and others will gather to discuss Somalia.  According to the UK, the London Somalia Conference will chart “a new international approach to Somalia” on areas ranging from security and the political process to the humanitarian effort.

Asha collects water supplied by Oxfam & our partner SAACID, in Lafole, Somalia. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Somalia is much more than just terrorism and piracy

On 23 February heads of state, officials and Ban Ki-moon will meet in London to discuss the security threats posed by Somalia and the future of its Government. 

Marie-Paul Kimakosa, 18, with her two sons Emmanuel Mbolina and Mado. Photo: Simon Rawles/Oxfam

Blog: Protecting civilians must be at the heart of counter-LRA intervention

President Obama’s decision earlier this month to deploy approximately 100 US troops to central Africa in support of regional efforts to defeat the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has attracted both praise and criticism. As one of the only international NGOs providing humanitarian aid in LRA-affected areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Oxfam’s primary concern is that any efforts to address the LRA learn from the mistakes of

Children in Southern Sudan. Photo: Alun McDonald/Oxfam

Blog: Strong peacekeeping mission needed in South Sudan: let's tweet

The UN Security Council is expected shortly to authorize a new peacekeeping mission in South Sudan to succeed the current United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS). The UN Secretary-General has recommended increasing the number of troops from the current 5,000 to 7,000. However, some member states have urged lower troop levels, citing cost concerns.

Des chameaux et leurs chameliers rassemblés autour d'un point d'eau, en Somalie. Photo : Oxfam

Blog: Speed is crucial, as Somalia faces biggest crisis in over a decade

Adan Kabelo, the head of Oxfam GB’s work in Somalia, writes from Lower Juba in southern Somalia, where a devastating drought and ongoing conflict has left people facing starvation:

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