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Half a billion people could be pushed into poverty by COVID-19: Oxfam

The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic could push half a billion more people – or 8 per cent of the global population – into poverty unless urgent action is taken to support developing countries, Oxfam warned today. The aid agency’s new report, ‘Dignity Not Destitution’, also reveals that in East Asia and the Pacific, […]

Australia’s leading aid agencies call for urgent action to support charities amid COVID-19 crisis

Seven of Australia’s leading international aid agencies are urging the Federal Government to include in their COVID-19 economic support package specific measures to help charities continue their life-saving work in the most vulnerable communities worldwide. The organisations – CARE Australia, ChildFund Australia, Fred Hollows Foundation, Oxfam Australia, Plan International Australia, Save the Children Australia and […]

Oxfam calls on Government to back UN’s COVID-19 response plan to support most vulnerable

Oxfam has called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other global leaders to support the UN’s newly-released USD$2.01 billion COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan. A virtual G20 Summit starts tonight, with the leaders of the countries with the 20 biggest economies coming together to strategise on how to respond to the COVID-19 crisis on an […]

Oxfam raises concerns of possible COVID-19 outbreak in war-torn Yemen

50 suspected cholera cases recorded every hour for five years  With a recent upsurge in fighting in Yemen, the forthcoming rainy season and tightening of borders due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, there’s no end in sight to the daily toll of death, disease and displacement five years after the conflict escalated, Oxfam warned today. […]

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 […]

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