The annual meeting of "Oxfam Friends" (ex Oxfam staff, volunteers, donors, governance etc.) will this year have a 70th anniversary flavour, as it will take place a week after Oxfam's 70th birthday in October.
There will be a number of special guests, including relatives of Oxfam's founders and people who worked for us in the early days. The meeting will include around 10 minutes of archive film including an interview...
Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes in Abyan, Yemen, in the last year because of ongoing conflict. I spoke to Rafiqa, who recently fled her village and sought refuge in an abandoned school where Oxfam is providing vital water and sanitation facilities.
For two months, Rafiqa had to queue along with hundreds of other displaced women, to use the only bathroom in the Al Amadia'a school in Aden. The school...
This is Owen, who leaves Oxfam tomorrow after eight years' hard work recruiting and looking after our wonderful regular givers. Owen's also the father of our favourite meme, Factual Thursday. So, Owen, in your honour:
Last year more than 425,300 lovely people in the UK made a regular donation to Oxfam. FACT #factualthursday
Please use the comments to wish Owen good luck on his next adventure!
Oxfam is going to receive the Freedom of the City of Oxford this October. The Lord Mayor will present the Freedom of the City scroll to our Chief Executive and our Chair at a ceremony at the Town Hall.
The granting of the Freedom of the City of Oxford is awarded under two categories - persons of distinction or persons who have, in the opinion of the council, rendered eminent services to the city. Only a few people - including...
Oxfam loves the movies. We've got more than 500 videos on our channel and together people like you have watched them nearly 4 million times! For this week's chart, prepare to make it 4 million and ten - turn up the volume, ready your finger over that "share" button, and check out some of our favourite Oxfam videos.
1. Breakdancing pregnant women
With more than 1.3m...
Regular readers of the Oxfam blog might have noticed my face popping up more and more frequently in recent weeks. I've been writing a lot, trying out new ideas, as we're doing our best to improve the blog.
A good blog, of course, isn't about the blogger, but you, the readers. (Apologies for sounding naff.) It's a place to start a debate, celebrate great work, and share ideas, successes and disappointments.
"Cash for work" workers sing and dance with their tools on their way to work in rice fields in River Gee county, Liberia.
As well as paying people to farm near their homes, we give them tools and clothing, including a rake, shovel, hoe, file, raincoat, boots and gloves. We also teach them how to manage their swamp farms and irrigate their fields.
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Our October music festival, Oxjam - which sees volunteers organise gigs across the UK - launches next week with a series of intimate gigs (24-27 September). And you could be there!
Q music magazine is giving away two tickets to each of the gigs in the Dalston Oxfam Shop.
The full line-up is:
Graham Coxon, Theme Park (acoustic set), plus support (24 September)
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs...
There's a debate raging at The Telegraph about the value and harm of using biofuel - prompted by Oxfam's new report noting that drivers will pay an extra £35 a year because of rising biofuel costs.
The report shows that the EU target of supplying 10% of transport fuel in Britain from biofuels is causing hunger in the developing world - as the demand for the biodiesel means farmers grow maize for make fuel for cars rather than...