Rohingya refugees: Finding hope among the hopelessness

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Oxfam Australia’s Dylan Quinnell has just returned from three weeks in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. There are now over a million people trapped in flimsy makeshift shelters, with a monsoon bearing down on them and nowhere to call home. Yet, hope remains strong among the Rohingya people.

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Budget 2018 fails to give a fair go

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If you haven’t had the chance to go through the budget papers with a fine-toothed comb, never fear – here’s our breakdown of how the budget stacks up against the fairness test on some of the biggest issues: justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, our Australian aid budget, action on climate change and our plans to tackle inequality.

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Another Unfair Budget for Australian Aid

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Our fears have been confirmed. The Government has made the worst cuts to aid in our nation’s history, showing that the poorest people of the world mean very little to this Government. They have set out a path for Australia – the second wealthiest country per capita in the world – to give our lowest […]

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Save Australian Aid

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As part of the mid-year budget outlook (MYEFO), the government yesterday announced a third cut to the aid budget of $3.7 billion. This brings the cuts to aid announced by this Government to $11.3 billion in just one year.

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Australian aid an investment in security and prosperity

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Details released today of government cuts to Australian aid meant that Australia would be investing less in security, prosperity and in improving the lives of those living in extreme poverty. The cuts announced by the Abbott Government will affect people living in extreme poverty in a number of regions around the world. Targeted and effective aid […]

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Asking Julie Bishop to take a bite out of poverty

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On a hot summer day in Perth last week, a contingent of Oxfam supporters from Julie Bishop’s electorate and myself visited her at her office in Subiaco to talk about the GROW campaign. By Paddy Cullen – Acting National Campaigns Coordinator With the mercury scraping close to 40, we downed a few glasses of ice […]

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Development for equality

Experiencing a bit of culture shock between Australia and Cambodia got me thinking about the concept of an equitable world; what is it and how can we make it happen?

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Reflections on Cambodia

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Cambodia is typically understood through a narrative of civil war, devastation and poverty, but this fails to capture the modern dynamics of the country. The less prominent stories are of those driving change in the country towards a more equitable future. Committed, passionate people throughout the country are pushing for a new deal – the […]

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World Humanitarian Day 2011

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Most of us will be fortunate enough to never know disaster. Our lives will not be torn apart by flooding, famine, conflict. But the world is changing, and uncertainty confronts us all. Today, on World Humanitarian Day, we honour aid workers across the globe who are facing this uncertainty head-on.

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Aid: a view from the street

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Our friends over at the ONE campaign in the UK recently took to the streets to find out what the general public already knew about foreign aid spending.

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Dear G8 Leaders, don’t lie about your aid

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The Leaders of the top eight economies in the world are coming to the G8 Summit in Deauville, France this year with a lot of explaining to do.

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Whose aid is it anyway?

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Today Oxfam published a report that looks at a worrying trend we’re seeing in international assistance: the militarization and politicisation of aid. The report entitled “Whose aid is it anyway?” looks at how key donors are now going down the route of allocating aid dollars heavily based on their military, security and geopolitical interests. It also looks at how donors are too often spending aid on security-driven projects that have proved expensive, ineffective and sometimes dangerous for their intended beneficiaries.

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ONE's Living Proof campaign

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Newly launched, the ONE campaign in the US are running a new project called Living Proof, which aims to tell the real story of incredible progress being achieved by some of the world’s poorest people.

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Save the Children iPhone game

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Here in the Oxfam office, we’re having fun with the new iPhone/iPad app from Save the Children.

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Water in Papua New Guinea

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Papua New Guinea has been one of the main recipients of Australian aid for more than 20 years. Yet in all of this time the percentage of population without clean water has remained at a pathetic 60%. Only two in five people have access to clean water – in a country that is closer to Australia than New Zealand.

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Afghans left out of aid decisions

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Oxfam Australia Executive Director Andew Hewett argues that real progress in Afghanistan will only be made with the involvement of the Afghan people.

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Help us make the most of this opportunity

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Oxfam Australia’s Executive Director Andrew Hewett outlines our key asks of the new government on climate change, indigenous equality, aid spending and asylum seekers.

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World Humanitarian Day

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Today (August 19th) is World Humanitarian Day, and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has produced a video celebrating aid workers across the globe.

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Does aid work?

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Oxfam GB have produced a great animation detailing the effectiveness of aid, outlining where aid has made a difference to millions of lives in many of the poorest parts of the world.

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Robin Hood down – but not out – at G20 Summit

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After the G8 disgracefully dropped the ball on aid at what has been dubbed the ‘Summit of shame’, the G20 have missed their chance to score against poverty by failing to move towards a Robin Hood Tax on banks.

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Using the world game for world good

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As World Cup fever spreads, our friends over at Oxfam NZ have put together a handy list of those campaigns turning the passion of the beautiful game into something genuinely world-changing.

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Does the new budget do enough to help fight poverty?

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This week’s federal budget was encouraging with the Government restating its commitment to increase Australia’s overseas aid spending to 0.5% of Gross National Income (GNI) by 2015.

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