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More than 52 million people across Africa going hungry as weather extremes hit the continent

More than 52 million people in 18 countries across southern, eastern and central Africa are facing up to crisis levels of hunger as a result of weather extremes, compounded by poverty and conflict. Some areas are facing a second extreme drought in four years and worse than that sparked by El Nino in 1981. In […]

Death toll in Yemen conflict surpasses 100,000, Oxfam calls for halt to arms sales

Today the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) announced that the number of reported fatalities in Yemen since 2015 has passed 100,000. This includes over 12,000 civilians killed in direct attacks, ACLED said. Muhsin Siddiquey, Oxfam’s Country Director in Yemen, said: “This is further proof of the mindless destruction and injustice of the […]

Australian aid stagnates in OECD rankings

Responding to reports that Australia is stuck at the same level in global aid rankings just released by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The disappointing news that Australia has stagnated in global aid rankings comes only a week after the Australian Government cut the […]

Oxfam welcomes Labor’s vision on aid

Responding to last night’s announcement that a Labor Government would boost aid funding to Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP), and focus on key areas including human rights, climate change, resilience and gender, Oxfam Australia Director of Public Engagement Pam Anders said: “Oxfam welcomes Labor’s leadership and vision on Australian aid […]

Oxfam welcomes ALP promise of funding boost to humanitarian relief

Responding to the announcement that Labor would commit $30 million in urgent humanitarian relief funding to address the urgent humanitarian crisis affecting the Rohingya people, and towards the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “Oxfam welcomes this commitment to these two pressing crises, but we know that the world is […]

Oxfam responds to Government’s $3bn Pacific funding boost

Responding to Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement of a $3 billion infrastructure funding boost in the Pacific region, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “While we welcome the Government’s renewed focus on our Pacific neighbours, this announced funding package shouldn’t come at a cost to other vulnerable communities around the world who rely […]

Oxfam voices serious concerns on Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill

Appearing today before the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security supplementary public consultation on the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill, Oxfam Australia’s Public Policy and Advocacy Manager Rachel Ball said: “Advocating to the Government and public is an important part of Oxfam’s work in empowering communities and tackling poverty, and without significant amendments we […]

Beleaguered aid budget faces yet another cut in tonight’s Budget: Oxfam

Tonight’s Budget confirms the Federal Government’s continued gouging of the aid budget, an action at odds with the vision it holds for a peaceful and prosperous region, Oxfam Australia said tonight. Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Helen Szoke said the Federal Budget had kept the aid budget roughly in line with inflation at $4 billion, equating […]

Oxfam calls for political leadership on aid

Responding to remarks made overnight in London by Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific that “it could be politically difficult to increase aid spending” because of a perceived lack of public support, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Helen Szoke said: “Oxfam is alarmed by claims made overnight by Minister for International Development and the […]

Australian aid changes lives but falls further behind other wealthy nations

Responding to reports that Australia has, for the third year in a row, fallen in the global aid rankings released by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke said: “The OECD’s newly released rankings have seen Australia fall again, this time from 17 to 19 out of the 29 […]

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