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New locust swarms threaten to increase hunger in parts of Africa already reeling from flooding & coronavirus crisis – Oxfam

Oxfam is warning that millions of people in East and Central Africa, already suffering due to flooding and the impact of coronavirus, are at risk of increased hunger and poverty as they brace for the latest generation of locusts to hatch next month – just when crops are to be harvested. The highest rainfall in 40 […]

Oxfam responds to devastation in the wake of Cyclone Amphan

Cyclone Amphan has left a trail of devastation throughout north-east India and the Bangladesh coast, with over 80 deaths reported so far, destroying homes, embankments and crops, and compounding the suffering in many communities already hit by coronavirus and the impact of the lockdown. The low-lying coastal communities in both countries are amongst the worst hit by the strongest […]

Cyclone threatens Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh as first Covid-19 cases are confirmed

Almost one million Rohingya people in the world’s largest refugee camp are facing the added threat of a cyclone as the first cases of Covid-19 are confirmed, Oxfam warned today. The cyclone, which looks likely to form off the coast over the weekend, could bring further suffering and destruction to the camps on top of a […]

Ceasefire and funding needed by two billion people caught between conflict & COVID-19: Oxfam

Oxfam has calculated that the US$1.9 trillion in 2019 global military spending would have paid for the UN’s updated coronavirus appeal more than 280 times, as the aid agency again calls for the Australian Government to contribute its fair share to the global pandemic response. A new Oxfam report, Conflict in the Time of Coronavirus, […]

Rapid and massive increase in aid needed to save millions of lives amid COVID-19 crisis

To live up to the once-in-a-century coronavirus crisis, save lives and build a better global future, Oxfam is calling on wealthy nations to massively and urgently raise new international aid funds. A new briefing prepared by Oxfam, “Whatever it takes. Coronavirus”, calls for wealthy nations – including Australia – to make available the resources needed […]

New OECD figures show international aid woefully inadequate to fight COVID-19 crisis – Oxfam

Rich countries barely increased international aid by 1.4 percent overall in 2019, while they cut humanitarian assistance by 2.9 percent, according to figures published overnight by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In response to the news, Oxfam Australia’s Head of Political Engagement Emma Bull said that while many wealthy countries gave more […]

G20 debt moratorium is a first step, must go further

Responding to the announcement that the G20 has agreed to suspend debt repayment of the poorest countries, Nadia Daar, Head of Oxfam International’s Washington DC Office, said: “Today’s announcement by the G20 is a critical step and will help poor countries free up billions in funds to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. However, the UN estimates that developing […]

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 […]

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