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Today marks South Sudan’s third year of independence. But in the past seven months, the sense of unity that brought its people together in 2011 has been lost, pushing 1.5 million from their homes and forcing many to live in appalling conditions.
Can you hear that? Oxfam supporters have taken over half a million actions to get companies to improve their policies on land, gender, and climate change. Doesn’t it sound like music to your ears? Now together we need to act again.
Palm oil is everywhere, in food and everyday items you don’t even realize. It’s in your morning bowl of cereal, your afternoon biscuits, your dinner pizza, in soap and even in the biodiesel that fuels your car. And sadly, in many places, it comes with human and environmental costs.
To find out why, I recently joined an Oxfam field trip to Indonesia, the world’s largest palm oil producer. We wanted to talk to those affected by big palm oil plantations.
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
Jenny Enarsson, Oxfam's Syria crisis response gender advisor, explains why including Syria's women in negotiations is critical for the peace process.
As countries from all over compete for the World Cup title in Brazil, a different kind of tournament is taking place in northern Uganda. There, in the districts of Arua and Adjumani, young South Sudanese refugees have formed football teams to play for peace.
“I never expected to end up in such a situation. I miss Bor, school and my friends,” says 18-year-old Manyangson Ngong, the captain of the Lucky Start team from Ayilo settlement. His studies in Bor were cut short at the start of the conflict that has left many fleeing for safety.
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.
Jose Mourinho has the opportunity to score the golden goal of a lifetime! Is he ready to take his game through a 5 step plan to beat the keeper and score against hunger?
Jose Mourinho’s new role is probably the most meaningful of his life time. As the new UN Global Ambassador Against Hunger he has an opportunity to score against climate change - the single biggest threat to beating hunger.
A lanky boy wearing torn shorts and ill-fitting black sandals adorned with pink plastic hearts emerged from a grass-thatched hut and walked towards me.
In perfect English, Jacob explained how he had come to live in this remote refugee settlement, one of scores of camps being carved out of the forest across several districts of Uganda bordering South Sudan. 18 months ago he had been one of the privileged few South Sudanese attending high school in Uganda’s capital Kampala. But then a few months ago he received the call that would change his life.
Two major injustices – inequality and climate change – are threatening to undermine the efforts of millions of people to escape poverty and hunger. By concentrating wealth and power in the hands of a few, inequality robs the poorest people of the support they need to improve their lives. And as climate change devastates crops and livelihoods, it undoes poor people’s efforts to feed their families.
It may not have had a red carpet premiere, but as Jacky Repila, Oxfam GB Programme Learning Officer, explains, the Raising Her Voice animation, launched this week is cause for celebration. Here, she gives us her guide to the making of an Oxfam first:
Ever had a message to convey that you knew was really important and yet also very complex to explain?
Climate change is the single biggest threat to our chances of winning the fight against hunger.
Climate scientists carry a heavy burden, so we thought we'd take a quick moment to show them some love.
Yesterday I shared with you a new animation on women’s political voice – and today, to inspire you, I would like to share with you a selection of the finest feminist activist sites from around the world.
Have you ever felt like no one is listening to you? Do you think it's fair? No, Oxfam doesn't either...
And that's why Raising Her Voice, Oxfam's global program of work to support women's political voice, participation and leadership has been changing this so that for millions of women worldwide, when it comes to taking decisions, they have as much say as the next person.