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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 […]

South Sudan

After decades of conflict, South Sudan officially became the world’s newest nation in 2011. Unfortunately this did not bring about long-term peace and stability, as civil war began in 2013. Since then, over 2.5 million South Sudanese have been displaced by the conflict, and the country’s economic and political systems have been unable to function […]

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 […]

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’s goal is to contribute to the reduction of poverty and inequality and to foster the resilience and long-term security of […]

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. […]

Nepal

On Saturday 25 April, a mammoth 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. In the weeks that followed, the country experienced more than 480 aftershocks, intensifying the widespread destruction and enormous loss of life that had already devastated the region. The government of Nepal estimated over 8,969 casualties and 22,300 injuries reported. It is estimated that the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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