A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
Building back better after Typhoon Haiyan requires more than houses on safe land. It requires measures to improve the security of land tenure for poor and vulnerable people. Security of land tenure is essential to reestablish shelter and livelihoods and to reduce the risks of chronic poverty. Without measures to promote land tenure security in the Philippines, there are risks that those most affected by the disaster will be more vulnerable to future disasters.