Occupied Palestinian Territory

In the Occupied Palestinian Territory (the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip), nearly a quarter of people live below the poverty line, with their prospects for work, and a safe, healthy life severely limited by Israeli occupation. The burden of the conflict and the ongoing occupation are causing debilitating hardship for communities. […]

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Jordan

The on-going crises in Syria and Iraq has seen unprecedented numbers of refugees flowing into Jordan. Syrian refugees now make up roughly 10% of Jordan’s population, with the majority living outside of formal camps in urban areas throughout the country and becoming more vulnerable the longer they are displaced The Syria crisis continues to devastate lives. […]

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Lebanon

The impact of the Syria crisis on Lebanon is immense and multidimensional. Up to 1.5 million Syrians, about a quarter of the Lebanese population, have taken refuge in Lebanon since the conflict started in March 2011. The massive population influx has put huge pressure on the labour market and employment, whilst also driving up living […]

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Fiji

Fiji is one of the most developed economies in the Pacific. However political instability and multiple coups over the last few decades in Fiji has resulted in economic difficulties and a majority of the population are engaged in subsistence agriculture. Discrimination and violence against women and marginalised populations such as LGBTQI is also widespread. Oxfam […]

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Myanmar

Myanmar

Myanmar is undergoing fast and complex changes, all with the potential either to relieve or exacerbate the poverty, conflict, inequality and vulnerability which characterise the lives of the vast majority of women and men. Oxfam Australia’s goal is to contribute to the reduction of poverty and inequality and to foster the resilience and long-term security […]

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Vanuatu

Ni-Vanuatu society is founded on strong family and kinship networks. Traditionally these strong family ties, together with the church, provide a social safety net for the most disadvantaged and vulnerable. Hardship, however, is widespread. The World Risk Index rank Vanuatu #1 exposed country in the world to natural disasters including earthquakes, cyclones and volcanic eruptions. […]

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Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands may be small in geographic size, but its people still face the same complex challenges as any developing nation. The majority of Solomon Islanders live in widely-dispersed villages, with few opportunities for generating a significant income. Poor infrastructure only makes life more challenging, particularly during times of natural disaster. The country’s pacific region […]

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Sri Lanka

It is nearly a decade since the 26 year long civil war in Sri Lanka ended. Still, many of the root causes of the conflict remain. Inequality and discrimination is widespread, while low income levels in most parts of the country mean people struggle with high food prices. Some parts of Sri Lanka continue to […]

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Papua New Guinea

Poverty has sharply increased in Papua New Guinea (PNG) since the mid-1990s. Today, the level of income inequality in PNG is the highest across the entire Asia-Pacific region. This damning statistic has led to the country being ranked the lowest of all nations outside sub-Saharan Africa in the United Nations Human Development Index. PNG faces […]

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Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste is one of the world’s newest and poorest countries — a small nation with around 74% of its population living in rural areas. It is also a land vulnerable to droughts, flash flooding, cyclones and unpredictable weather. And although rich in oil and gas, the revenue from these natural resources does not always reach […]

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Pakistan

Pakistan’s performance against international indicators on poverty, inequality, exclusion and vulnerability reveals significant challenges. Gender inequality in Pakistan is prevalent and deep rooted. As a result, women are often unable to assert their social, economic and political rights. Furthermore, with around 136 million (70% of its population) people acutely exposed to natural hazards, Pakistan ranks […]

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Laos

After years of isolation, Laos was once considered one of Southeast Asia’s most untainted environments. Today the country is going through its greatest period of development which has led to significant economic growth — but the development is doing little to improve the lives of 80% of the population living in remote rural areas. While […]

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Sulawesi, Indonesia: Sumiar (42) pictured at an Oxfam distribution of hygiene kits outside of Palu.

Indonesia

Indonesia has seen significant economic growth in recent years, but poverty and inequality persist. Small-scale producers receive no benefit from the country’s financial growth and for poorer people — particularly women — employment can be unstable and unpredictable. Gender inequality means women are often excluded from making decisions — both in the home and at […]

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India

Despite being the third largest economy in the world, India has high rates of poverty, maternal mortality and malnutrition. Much of the population are unable to access health, education and other essential services to flourish. India is also highly vulnerable to natural disasters. Poverty is something more than a lack of income, health and education. […]

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Cambodia

Cambodia is one of the most beautiful countries in South East Asia but also one of the poorest. More than 50% of the population is less than 25 years old — a legacy of Pol Pot’s regime. Many adults missed out on an education which has led to a lack of productive skills across the […]

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Bangladesh

The poverty rate in Bangladesh is the highest of any nation in Asia and inequality is on the rise. As one of the most densely populated countries in the world — with a large population that relies on the land to survive — climate change is as real threat to the people of Bangladesh. As […]

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Australia

Poverty is as real in this country as it is in developing countries. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples remain the most significantly disadvantaged group in Australia. Decades of racism and dispossession are reflected in the disproportionate levels of poverty, unemployment, chronic illness, disability, lower life expectancy and incarceration. Oxfam Australia works with and alongside […]

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Vietnam

Over the past several years, Vietnam’s level of economic poverty has declined rapidly, while the gender gap also appears to be narrowing. But despite these heartening statistics more work still needs to be done. There is also a concern that the decline in gender prejudice merely disguises ongoing discrimination at household and political levels. Meanwhile, […]

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