Oxfam staff inform communities about the symptoms and precautions to take for Ebola, in Mangina, DRC. Photo: John Wessels/Oxfam

Blog: How to Build Community Trust to Fight Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The world’s second-biggest Ebola outbreak is still raging in DRC. Research has shown that distrust is one of the biggest obstacles in this Ebola fight. Oxfam’s Andrea Vera Nava outlines three ways to work with local communities to build their trust and increase the success of an Ebola response in a conflict context.

Oxfam campaigners call for a Robin Hood Tax. Photo: Oxfam.

Blog: The Robin Hood Tax: A Lifeline for Global Education

If all students in low income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty.  It’s a startling fact, and one that demonstrates the importance of getting children in the world’s poorest countries into school and learning

Photo: Tomàs Abella/Oxfam

Blog: Developing countries must be at the heart of Global Tax Reform

After the world was plunged into a financial crisis, back in 2009, G20 leaders promised to clean up the international tax system, once and for all.

Comfort was able to access Ghana's free healthcare facilites. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Panos

Blog: Universal Health Coverage: key to the success of the World Bank’s new vision

"We must be the generation that delivers universal health coverage.” – WBG President Jim Yong Kim in a speech to the World Health Assembly, May 2013

Activistas en favor de la Tasa Robin Hood en Malawi. Foto: Robin Hood Tax Campaign

Blog: Tasa Robin Hood: Último obstáculo hacia la meta superado

La semana pasada llegaron estupendas noticias de Bruselas, donde los ministros de Finanzas europeos acordaron permitir que once países de la UE introdujeran un impuesto sobre las operaciones financieras. Un importante salto paso  hacia adelante para la campaña a favor del Tasa Robin Hood.

Robin Hood Tax campaigners in Malawi show their support. Photo: Robin Hood Tax Campaign

Blog: Over the last hurdle and into the home straight for the Robin Hood Tax

Great news arrived from Brussels on Tuesday as European Finance Ministers agreed to allow eleven EU countries to introduce a Financial Transaction tax (FTT). This is a giant leap for the Robin Hood Tax campaign.

Blog: DRC: Promoting hygiene behind the (prison) walls

I’ve often had to document Oxfam’s hygiene promotion activities in communities, schools, markets and other public places. But never a prison. Until now.

Blog: Will G8 leaders bluff again at this year’s Summit?

What better way to start the week of the G8 Summit, than gambling at a casino!

Well that’s what Oxfam’s Big Heads (representing the G8 leaders) were up to yesterday at Cercle de jeu Clichy Monmartre in Paris. The scene was set, and reporters poured in to see the message that Oxfam was sending: G8 aid commitments… who bluffs?

Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Panos

Blog: OpenIDEO maternal health challenge: And the winner is...

After 3 months of online collaboration the OpenIDEO maternal health challenge winners are announced. Ian Sullivan reports.

A few months ago I was pulled into a meeting room and asked if I fancied taking on a piece of work with a company called IDEO. Oxfam had signed up to partner with them and Nokia in a challenge, "How might we improve maternal health with mobile technologies for low income countries?" 

Women queue at Achimota Hospital in Accra, Ghana, to access the free healthcare facilites available for pregnant women. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Panos

Blog: Ghana’s health care – searching for a fairer system for all

Last week saw Oxfam's country team in Ghana and our partners launch a major new report on Ghana’s health care system. After a hectic few days, I now find time to catch my breath, grab a soda and write this blog!


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