The remarkable case of the disappearing aid budget

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Australian aid provides much needed relief in times of disaster and helps communities prepare for and reduce the impacts of these disasters before they strike. This is what makes our government’s ongoing cuts to the aid program so remarkable.

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Photo: Jim Holmes/Oxfam

Indian Ocean Tsunami, 10 years on: how life goes on in Aceh

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10 years ago, the Indian Ocean Tsunami shocked the world — 230,000 people lost their lives and 1.7 million were displaced. It remains Oxfam’s largest humanitarian response to date, helping around 2.5 million people between 2004 and 2009. Rahmat and Arie were children when the tsunami devastated Indonesia’s Aceh province. They share their experiences with us today.

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The female food heroes of Indonesia – part 8

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  HELP SAVE LIVES Right now Oxfam is responding to emergencies around the world, including the recent earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia. Donate now What are you actually going to do? By Juan Martorana – blogging from Indonesia The road to Hoelea from Lewoleba is the worst I’ve ever been on. It takes around 10 […]

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The female food heroes of Indonesia – part 7

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  HELP SAVE LIVES Right now Oxfam is responding to emergencies around the world, including the recent earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia. Donate now Locals could almost run faster to market By Juan Martorana – blogging from Indonesia Lewoleba — one of the main villages on Lembata Island — is a long way east of […]

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The female food heroes of Indonesia – part 6

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  HELP SAVE LIVES Right now Oxfam is responding to emergencies around the world, including the recent earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia. Donate now How the “less prosperous” farmers live By Juan Martorana – blogging from Indonesia In a country of 240 million people, in which 110 million are of working age, and 40 million […]

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The female food heroes of Indonesia – part 5

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  HELP SAVE LIVES Right now Oxfam is responding to emergencies around the world, including the recent earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia. Donate now Gotong Royong: the secret to a fast harvest By Juan Martorana – blogging from Indonesia So how does one female farmer harvest around 1,250sqm of rice in just two hours? “Gotong […]

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Support workers rights in Indonesia

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In countries like Indonesia, many women and men making goods for big-name brands are struggling to make ends meet. Workers who enjoy freedom of association (freedom to form unions and negotiate with employers) have the best chance of obtaining fairer working conditions, escaping cycles of poverty and debt. But even when countries recognise freedom of […]

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The female food heroes of Indonesia – part 4

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  HELP SAVE LIVES Right now Oxfam is responding to emergencies around the world, including the recent earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia. Donate now The disaster, the muazin and the fried grasshopper By Juan Martorana – blogging from Indonesia This post should be titled “disasters”, plural, not disaster, singular. The last couple of days have […]

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The female food heroes of Indonesia – part 2

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  HELP SAVE LIVES Right now Oxfam is responding to emergencies around the world, including the recent earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia. Donate now Oxfam Australia’s Juan Martorana – blogging from Indonesia Sixty-five per cent of Indonesia’s food is imported, including its main staple, rice. Over a series of events around Jakarta, the seven female […]

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The female food heroes of Indonesia – part 3

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  HELP SAVE LIVES Right now Oxfam is responding to emergencies around the world, including the recent earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia. Donate now Oxfam Australia’s Juan Martorana – blogging from Indonesia Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 4 So what have I learnt so far in Jakarta? Surprise, surprise: there is no one solution […]

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The female food heroes of Indonesia – part 1

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  HELP SAVE LIVES Right now Oxfam is responding to emergencies around the world, including the recent earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia. Donate now Oxfam Australia’s Juan Martorana – blogging from Indonesia How does a country with almost half the population living on less than $2 per day feed itself? I don’t know yet, but […]

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