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Cyclone Idai leaves trail of death, destruction and homelessness in southern Africa

Oxfam will be responding with water, sanitation services, food and other essential aid to people affected by Cyclone Idai that hit Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe on March 14-15. Scores of people have been killed, several hundred more are still missing and almost a million have been left destitute and in need of aid and basic […]

Three civilians killed every day in Yemen despite Stockholm agreements

Three civilians are being killed every day in Yemen – that is one person every eight hours – despite agreements reached between the internationally recognised government and the Houthis at talks in Sweden just over three months ago. In December last year the two parties to the conflict in Yemen agreed a ceasefire for 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 […]

Helen Szoke announces retirement

One of Australia’s most powerful advocates for foreign aid, international development, human rights and equality, Dr Helen Szoke, is retiring, Oxfam Australia’s Board Chair Dennis Goldner announced today. Dr Szoke started as Chief Executive in January 2013, after serving as Australia’s Federal Race Discrimination Commissioner and Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner. Her outstanding […]

Melbourne to celebrate 20 years of Oxfam Trailwalker with new 100km trail

Preparations for this month’s Oxfam Trailwalker Melbourne 100km event are in full swing, with hundreds of enthusiastic Trailwalker teams from across Victoria and beyond getting ready to dust their boots off ahead of an exciting new trail for 2019. Oxfam Trailwalker is one of the country’s largest charity walks and raises funds to tackle poverty […]

Yemen crisis forces families to take desperate measures to survive

Oxfam is calling on the Australian Government to commit further humanitarian assistance to the crisis in Yemen when countries meet today in Geneva, as it’s been revealed conflict, rising food prices and plummeting incomes are forcing people to resort to desperate measures to stave off hunger. Since the escalation in conflict in 2015, food prices […]

Ground-breaking research reveals how our clothes are Made in Poverty

The systemic failure of big Australian clothing brands to bring an end to the payment of poverty wages is denying the workers who make our clothes even the basics of a decent life, ground-breaking research released by Oxfam today has revealed. The report, Made in Poverty, the first in-depth investigation of its kind into the lives […]

Education, income-generation for Rohingya refugees must be top priorities

In a statement issued today, Oxfam, Save the Children and World Vision called on international governments to generously fund the 2019 Joint Response Plan (JRP) for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis. While the agencies applaud the ambitious new JRP—an appeal for US$ 920.5 million to assist 1.25 million people, including 909,000 Rohingya refugees and 336,000 host community members—they […]

Oxfam disappointed with limited focus of Closing the Gap report

Responding to the launch of the Prime Minister’s Closing the Gap report this morning, Oxfam Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Program National Manager Ngarra Murray said: “We are disappointed that the Prime Minister has limited his response to the Closing the Gap agenda by outlining new initiatives in only the area of education. […]

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