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April 2015

Gender and the city

‘In the next 15 years, all human population growth is expected to be in urban areas.’


Exploring the impact this will have on women and girls, the new issue of Gender & Development includes articles on making urban planning more inclusive of women, challenging attitudes to violence against women through cricket, and supporting women’s safety in cities using an innovative crowdsourcing app.

Does the World Bank think this is development?


This month we published The Suffering of Others, a report by Oxfam and eleven partners, which exposes the human cost of 'hands-off' development lending, whereby development money is channelled through third parties, rather than going directly to projects.


The private sector arm of the World Bank Group (WBG), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), lent $36 billion to financial intermediaries in the four years to June 2013. 

Learning from the Ebola crisis


The Ebola crisis has illustrated the failings of Africa’s health systems and shown why long-term investment in healthcare is needed from governments and donors. In Never Again: Building resilient health systems and learning from the Ebola crisis we draw lessons from the Ebola crisis to identify what is required to build resilient health systems.

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April blog posts

Nepal earthquake: many thousands in need of help

I Care About Her: women’s rights campaigning

Cash transfer programming: can Oxfam stay ahead?

Empathy as a research tool: anthropology and Ebola

Influencing in one of the world's poorest countries

From short-sighted politics to a vision for climate action

April publications

Pitfalls and Potentials: The role of bioenergy in the EU climate and energy policy post-2020

This joint agency paper calls on the EU to introduce four main safeguards for bioenergy use as part of its 2030 climate and energy policies, to avoid serious negative consequences for carbon emissions, biodiversity and land conflicts.

Rock Glaciers and Climate Change in the Bolivian Andes: Mapping new water resources

Sally Rangecroft

This report describes research to create the first rock glacier inventory for Bolivia, and highlights the need to prioritize the preservation of areas where rock glaciers are located in the interests of water security for vulnerable populations.

40 Years of Exile: Have the Sahrawi refugees been abandoned by the international community?

Baptiste Chapuis, Soazic Dupuy, Liesbeth Goossens

Oxfam has worked with Sahrawi refugees since the 1970s. Based on this experience, this report gives tangible insights in their way of living, their aspirations and their growing frustration over what they consider the inability of the international community to uphold their rights.

Charting a New Course: Overcoming the stalemate in Gaza

Grazia Careccia, Lani Frerichs, Laura Grant, Kirsten Hagon, Willow Heske
This AIDA briefing paper outlines an achievable course of action to address the root causes of the recurrent conflict and put international engagement with Gaza back on the right course.

Delivering Sustainable Development: A principled approach to public–private finance

This discussion paper proposes a set of principles to assist governments in applying best practice, international standards and learning more systematically to help ensure the best outcomes for sustainable development.

Walking the Talk: Food and beverage companies slowly start turning policy into practice in Oxfam’s Behind the Brands campaign

Danielle Smith
Oxfam’s ‘Behind the Brands’ campaign ranks the ten biggest international food and beverage companies on a range of policies. This briefing presents the updated March 2015 scorecard showing changes in both the ranking of the ‘Big 10’ and changes to the thematic trends.

Syria Crisis Fair Share Analysis 2015

Abigael Baldoumas Joelle Bassoul, Daniel Gorevan, Camilla Jelbart Mosse
Oxfam has calculated that nearly half of the world’s top donors didn’t give their fair share of aid to the Syria crisis in 2014. In this report we have developed indicators to help guide the fair level of commitment that each wealthy country should make in 2015 to alleviate the suffering of those affected by the Syria crisis.

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