A business woman laughs at work in her restaurant in Rumbek, South Sudan

Small business owners working against the odds to help rebuild South Sudan

Elena came to own her own restaurant after joining an Oxfam women's support group in 2011. She did well for several months but is now struggling as inflation threatens small business owners accross South Sudan, but despite this Elena remains hopeful of sucess and of  helping to rebuild Rumbek.


Louise holds a jerry-can full of clean water in Buporo camp, Eastern Congo. Louise lives next to a tap-stand provided by Oxfam. It is one of four tap-stands in Buporo camp, which supply close to 4000 people with clean water.

Humanitarian Key Facts

Humanitarian Key Facts draws attention to the scale and impact of recent humanitarian crises, and the need for both greater assistance and lasting solutions to the millions of people affected by conflict, violence and disasters.

The Houso Sewing Factory in Gaza now employs 60 workers to produce school uniforms for local children. Photo: Oxfam

Gaza: Sewing the future amid eight years of blockade

After eight years of the blockade, Gaza's unemployment rate is the highest in the world. We are working with partners to help people to recover their livelihoods after the conflict, during which many small businesses were destroyed.

An indigenous woman in Monte Olivo, Guatemala, whose community has suffered repression linked to an IFC-backed project. Photo: Santiago Botón, TeleSUR Guatemala

The Suffering of Others

Increasingly, development money is being channelled through third parties such as banks or private equity funds. This report tells the human story behind the high finance and statistics.

Tannese community living at Blacksands area near Port Vila.

Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu on Friday 13th March 2015 causing widespread damage to homes and livelihoods and affecting over 180,000 people. We have been providing emergency aid to the most vulnerable and are now focusing on long term recovery.


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