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Hodan Abdi Mohammed, 45, has lost all of her six children and her husband during the drought in Somaliland. Photo: Petterik Wiggers/Oxfam

From early warning to early action in Somalia

More than three years after it was initiated in the aftermath of the 2011 famine, the early-warning, early-action trigger mechanism for Somalia remains a work in progress. This paper looks at how the mechanism has functioned during the 2016/7 drought crisis response.

Aminata Jalloh, 26, Cash Grant Farmer- Katumbo (near Kabala Town). Photo: Tommy Trenchard/Oxfam

Transparency is more than dollars and cents

Transparency in international aid is not just about fulfilling a requirement based on people’s right to access information, but also about making aid more effective. Based on interviews conducted in Sierra Leone and Liberia, this research looks at the information needed by in-country development stakeholders with an emphasis on accountability actors.

Raising the bar: rethinking the role of business in the Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development gives business a significant role to play in efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, based on its ability to invest and innovate. This paper explores ways in which companies can provide more meaningful contributions to governments’ commitments to reach the SDGs.

An increase in agribusiness investments poses serious risks to the livelihoods of small-scale farmers and others dependent on land.

Whose crops, at what price? Agricultural investment in Myanmar

After years of international isolation, Myanmar is liberalizing its economy and seeking to attract foreign investment. This paper outlines potential risks to communities posed by these investments, and explores state regulation as a way to promote responsible business practices in the sector.

Fishermen in Kyauk Phyu. Photo: Kaung Htet

Responsible investment in Myanmar

This report draws on evidence from the South-East Asia region to explore the impacts of special economic zones (SEZs). It shows that without transparency and accountable governance, SEZs are more likely to result in harmful environmental and social impacts.

A woman washes clothes at a drinking water source that is next to a toxic ash-pond from the Sasan project in Singrauli. Photo: Joe Athialy/Oxfam

Owning the outcomes

Over the past six years, the International Finance Corporation has channelled over $50bn to the financial sector. However, the evidence continues to grow that this private sector arm of the World Bank Group has little control over how a great deal of this money is spent.

Accountability and ownership

As the world marks a year since the signing of the Sustainable Development Agenda, Oxfam has outlined a new vision for the role of development aid. This report sets out how more effective aid can support both people and governments.

 Yanacocha gold mine Mine, Cajamarca, Peru. Photo credit: Chris Hufstader / Oxfam America

The weak link

Extractive industries present potentially large opportunities for developing countries. Oxfam has produced a detailed study of the political economy of decision making, with research conducted in Peru, Ghana, Senegal and Tanzania.

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