The Impact of Mekong Dams on Women

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One of our areas of work in the Mekong Region is ‘Hydropower and Gender’. But what does the construction of dams have to do with gender relations? Good question. I asked myself the same thing when I started my experience with Oxfam. Not because I didn’t appreciate working towards gender equality, but because I couldn’t […]

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On the road to Jing. Photo: Manish Mehta/OxfamAUS

Journey to a land beyond Google Maps

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Ever wonder what it’d be like to work for Oxfam in the field? Here, our Disaster Risk Reduction program manager in Laos, Manish Mehta, gives an all-access glimpse into a typically atypical day on the job!

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Seng now feels better prepared to cope with natural disasters. Photo: Louise Mooney/OxfamAUS

Living with disasters – preparedness and response in Laos

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By Louise Mooney, East Asia Humanitarian Program Coordinator, May 2012 In June last year the remote, mountainous district of Met in Laos’ north experienced the worst typhoon-triggered flooding in local grandmother Seng’s life. Seng’s family’s rice fields, essential to their livelihoods, were inundated with rocks, water and mud when the local stream flooded. “We lost […]

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Photo: John Jones/OxfamAUS

Clean water saves lives: Bhoomy’s story

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Running water is one of those little things in life that we depend on without really considering. But stop and think for a minute: If you couldn’t turn the on tap, would you even know the location of your nearest water source? For Bhoomy Deungmarny the answer is the KaPanh River, about 400 metres from […]

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Photo: Elaine Montegriffo/OxfamAUS

Talking to our Laos country director

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Ever wondered what it’d be like working for Oxfam in the field? This interview with our Laos country director provides a rare glimpse into the highlights, the challenges, and the day-to-day details of her work.

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