HUMANITARIAN ADVOCACY

Oxfam condemns aid warehouse bombing in Yemen

20 Apr 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Oxfam has vehemently condemned yesterday’s Coalition airstrike on an Oxfam warehouse in Saada Governorate in northern Yemen.

Oxfam urges Australian government to give its fair share of aid to Syria

31 Mar 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Oxfam Australia welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement today of $20 million for food, medical assistance, shelter and protection to people in need inside Syria, as well as refugees and their host communities in Lebanon, but called on it to increase the amount to what is Australia’s fair share – $149 million. Today’s announcement by the […]

Westpac’s closure of vital lifeline could be catastrophic for Somalia – Oxfam

30 Mar 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Westpac Bank’s decision to end remittances to Somalia could see vulnerable Somalis struggle even more to access basic necessities like food, water and shelter, according to Oxfam. Westpac has confirmed that all banking services to remittance companies will close on 31 March, citing increasing risk concerns and tightening interpretation of international and domestic regulations. Westpac is the only major Australian […]

Fundraising Buzz around Oxfam Vanuatu Appeal

27 Mar 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Australians continue to find innovative ways to raise donations to help the people of Vanuatu recover from the devastation of Cyclone Pam but one fundraising effort is currently creating a real buzz. Inventors of crowdfunding success story Flow™ Hive, are raffling off the very first of their revolutionary new beehives to come off the production […]

International governments fail on strong disaster risk reduction agreement

19 Mar 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Despite an impassioned plea from the President of Vanuatu at the Disaster Risk Reduction world conference in Japan earlier this week, international governments  last night adopted a framework that is not up to the task of dealing with the increasing risk of disasters to the world’s poor. Among the agreement’s shortcomings is the failure to agree concrete […]

Cyclone Pam intensifies into category five storm off Vanuatu

13 Mar 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Oxfam is ready to respond to Cyclone Pam after the storm was upgraded to a Super Typhoon overnight, triggering evacuations to emergency shelters across Vanuatu’s southern provinces. Forecasts predict the storm will pass close to Vanuatu’s capital Port Vila, the city recently named as the most exposed to natural disasters in the world.

Syrian plight unimaginable in Australia

12 Mar 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

Imagine if the populations of Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory were deprived of basic necessities like water, food, and sanitation for years. For most it is a situation impossible to imagine, but that is the reality of the 12 million people caught up in the deadly Syria conflict.

‘Pee-power’ to light camps in disaster zones

5 Mar 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

A toilet, conveniently situated near the Student Union Bar at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), is proving pee can generate electricity. The prototype urinal is the result of a partnership between researchers at UWE Bristol and Oxfam. It is hoped the pee-power technology will light cubicles in refugee camps, which are […]

Cutting remittance lifeline will deepen Somali crisis, Oxfam

19 Feb 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

The impending closure of the last bank accounts used to transfer money from Australia to thousands of vulnerable families in Somalia is part of a global trend that could push millions of people deeper into poverty, a new report released by Oxfam says.

Call for post-Ebola recovery plan to prevent double disaster

27 Jan 2015 by Oxfam Australia Media

International aid agency Oxfam is calling on the Australian Government and the international community to develop a multi-million dollar post-Ebola recovery plan to put the West Africa countries hit by the crisis back on their feet.