Oxfam is working with a local partner, the Horn of Africa Voluntary Youth Committee to help agro-pastoralist communities prepare for and cope with drought. Photo: Petterik Wiggers/Oxfam

Blog: Inspiring the world’s humanity by working with national actors in Somalia

Each year, 19 August the world marks World Humanitarian Day to honor and recognize those who have dedicated their lives to improve humanity. Each day, humanitarian workers risk their lives and sometimes lose it towards their efforts of giving aid to the most vulnerable people around the world.

Hawa and daughter Kinisi, somalia. Photo: Adeso

Blog: International Women’s Day: Remittances are a lifeline for women in Somalia

On International Women’s Day it is worth remembering that without remittances, many women in Somalia risk losing their only formal or transparent channel through which to access money.

A woman trader in Hargeisa market serves a cup of fresh camel’s milk. Small-scale business women often rely on remittances as start-up money for their stalls. Photo: Petterik Weggers/Oxfam

Blog: A lifeline for families in Somalia is hanging by a thread

At a time where ‘resilience’ seems to be the new buzzword on the tip of everyone’s tongue, one of Somalia’s most resilient systems – remittances – is hanging by a thread.

Displaced people in a camp near Mogadishu, Somalia. Photo: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam

Blog: Somalia: eight warnings of catastrophe so far, and still no action

Last week marked three years since the UN declared famine in Somalia. The catastrophe facing the Somali people three years ago ended in at least 260,000 people dying, half of them children.

World needs to get off the bench and get in the game on resolving conflict in Africa

Blog: World needs to get off the bench and get in the game on resolving conflict in Africa

As famous footballers from across the globe are competing for the World Cup in Brazil, millions of fans from Africa are among the 3.2 billion tuning in to watch the competition. Football-enthused African children are also glued to their TVs, dreaming of World Cup glory.

Campo de desplazados de Mingkaman, Sudán del Sur. Foto: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Blog: Sin tiempo de descuento para África

Alrededor de 3.200 millones de personas seguirán por televisión el campeonato mundial que reúne en Brasil a los futbolistas más famosos de todo el mundo. Así, millones de hombres, mujeres, niños y niñas de toda África verán el mundial pegados a la televisión, mientras los más jóvenes sueñan, ilusionados, con ser estrellas de fútbol. 

Football players chasing the ball in the sand

Blog: Football promotes hygiene changes in Somalia

Sports can be used as a tool for change to address social issues, including water and sanitation issues.

Preventing a crisis in Somalia becoming a catastrophe

Blog: Preventing a crisis in Somalia becoming a catastrophe

New emergencies seem to hit the world on a monthly basis. Right now we are grappling with situations in the DRC, South Sudan, Sudan, Central African Republic and Syria to name just a few. Having worked on many disasters for Oxfam from the Haiti earthquake to floods in Pakistan, and the food crisis in the Sahel to conflict in Congo, I am all too aware that faced with such a barrage of suffering, it is extremely difficult for people to know how to react. This includes countries that regularly provide humanitarian funding for countries in crisis.

Photo: Women are waiting in a line at a money transfer operator.

Blog: Keeping the Somalia lifeline open: fragile progress

Each year, Somali migrants around the world send approximately $1.3 billion home to family and friends in Somalia. An estimated 40 percent of the population in Somalia depend on these remittances. This lifeline is currently under threat, but we are campaigning to keep it open.

Photo: Somali campaigners on 'Boris bikes' in front of a Barclays bank

Blog: Somali campaigners call for Barclays back-pedal

I was on my bike very early this morning to join a group of Somali campaigners who are calling on Barclays to keep open the cash lifeline to Somalia.


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