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.

Treaty designed to stem flow of deadly weapons becomes international law

24 Dec 2014 by Oxfam Australia Media

The landmark Arms Trade Treaty designed to halt the flow of deadly weapons to human rights abusers and oppressive governments will become international law today after more than 10 years in the making.

Cuts to foreign aid could jeopardise disaster preparedness gains since Boxing Day tsunami, Oxfam

22 Dec 2014 by Oxfam Australia Media

Disaster risk reduction work carried out since the Boxing Day Tsunami would save thousands of lives if the waves hit again today, but the Australian Government’s cuts to foreign aid pose a risk to future work on disaster preparation in our region.

Oxfam ready to respond as Super Typhoon Hagupit bears down on the Philippines

5 Dec 2014 by Oxfam Australia Media

Oxfam is prepared for a major disaster response in the Philippines after Cyclone Hagupit was upgraded to a Super Typhoon – the same classification as Typhoon Haiyan – which wrought destruction on the country a year ago.