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Background reference and reference

'Although the values and beliefs which Oxfam stands for have not themselves changed, this Handbook charts many of the lessons of the past few years, as we have responded to, and actively influenced, the far-reaching changes that have taken place. I hope you will find the book helpful in your work for a better world.'

David Bryer, Director of Oxfam UK and Ireland from the Foreword

The Oxfam Handbook of Development and Relief

Deborah Eade and Suzanne Williams, with contributions from Oxfam staff and others

'A valuable reference tool for development practitioners and planners for policy makers and social analysts, and for teachers and students of development. Red Cross, Red Crescent Magazine

The Oxfam Handbook of Development and Relief is the product of the experience of Oxfam UK and Ireland in its work in over 70 countries around the world. It is the expression of Oxfam's fundamental principles: that all people have the right to an equitable share in the world's resources, and the right to make decisions about their own development. The denial of such rights is at the heart of poverty and suffering.

An invaluable work of reference, the Handbook analyses thinking, policy, and practice in fields as diverse as health, human rights, emergency relief, capacity-building, and agricultural production, and is the only book of its kind to incorporate a gender analysis throughout.

Written mainly by Oxfam staff, The Oxfam Handbook of Development and Relief represents the work of many people around the world who, over the years, have contributed their energies to fighting poverty and injustice.

'The Oxfam Handbook of Development arid Relief is both intelligent and intelligible. Authors incorporate experience e from around the globe white always retaining their focus on the people", whose social, political. and economic progress is the raison d'être of Oxfarm's programmes.’

Mary B. Anderson, President,

The Handbook is published in a three-volume set:

Volume One

• Oxfam's approach to development and relief

- principles of development and relief work human rights - environment and development - exploring the context

• Focusing on people

- gender - ethnicity, race, and caste - childhood - ageing - disability

• Capacity-building for development

- social organization - institutional development education and training - planning and evaluation financial management

Volume Two

• Production

- agriculture - fishing - trees and forestry

- small-scale industries

• Health and development

- approaches to health care - health needs of specific population groups - health-care provision

- financing, planning and evaluating health programmes

• Emergencies and development

- emergencies, conflict, and development

- assessment, coordination and consultation

- health and nutrition - environmental health and physical infrastructure - food security, food aid, and food distribution - Oxfam procedures in emergency relief programmes

Volume Three

An annotated resource directory, providing detailed information on over 500 non-governmental organisations and official aid agencies concerned with development and relief (also available separately - see below).

1995 1,200pp with tables

0 85598 2 73 X, hardback (2 volumes), £49.95, $79.95

0 85598 2 74 8 paperback (3 volumes, stipcased), £24.95, $39.95


The Oxfam Handbook Resource Directory

A stand-alone edition of the annotated Resource Directory.

1995 085598309 4, 216pp paperback, £7.50, $15.00


The Oxfam Poverty Report

Kevin Watkins, with contributions from Oxfam staff

‘Offers clear, readable hard- hitting analysis of contemporary global society’ Geography

The UN Charter of 1945 and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights set out a new moral framework for a system of rights and obligations upon which the new world order was to be built. Yet, over 50 years on, the basic rights enshrined in the Charter are being violated all over the world.

Oxfam's vision of development is based on a commitment to the realisation of basic social and economic rights, and the attainment of sustainable livelihoods. The Oxfam Poverty Report identifies the structural forces which deny people their basic rights using case studies from Africa, Latin America, and Asia. It outlines some of the wider policy and institutional reforms needed to create an enabling environment in which people can act as agents of change to reduce poverty.

Contents include:

Structural Adjustment; A World At War; Aid, Debt, and Development Finance; International Trade; Ecological Footprints; An Agenda for Change.

1995, 0 85598 318 3, paperback 240pp with tables, £9.95, $15.95

Words Into Action

Basic Rights and the Campaign against Global Poverty

This book looks at some of the main obstacles which prevent poor people from claiming the basic rights to which they are entitled. It tells of the hard-won successes of people who are working at all levels, from village council to national government, for a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities.

The Oxfam Campaign for Basic Rights is about turning words into action. With extensive case studies and examples, information about global institutions, and useful statistics, this book explains why poverty persists, what can be done to overcome it, and the part everyone can play in the Oxfam Campaign.

Words Into Action is an ideal introduction to the concept of basic rights and the problem of global poverty for teachers, students, and general readers.

1995, 0 85598 3310, paperback illustrated 112pp, £4.95, $9.95


Rights Now!

World Poverty and the Oxfam Campaign

This short book explains why so many people in the South are poor and powerless. It shows what some of them are doing about it, how ordinary people in the North can support them, and what governments could do if enough people demanded change. The world can afford to abolish poverty. Oxfam's Campaign aims to prove it.

Illustrated with lots of photos, quotations, case studies, and statistics, Rights Now! provides a quick and accessible summary of the issues and agenda of Oxfam's Basic Rights Campaign.

1995, 085598 338 8, paperback 16pp illustrated, £1.95, $3.50


A Cause for Our Times

Oxfam - The First Fifty Years

Maggie Black

Internationally known and respected, Oxfam is one of Britain's most successful, and controversial, charities. Published to coincide with its fiftieth anniversary, this book charts Oxfam's rise from a small local wartime charity to one of the largest non-government aid agencies, and provides a fascinating insight into the evolution of ideas, work, and policies in the field of development.

1992, 085598172 5 hardback 336pp illustrated £24.95

0 85598 173 3, paperback 336pp illustrated, £9.99, $11.95


Winners and Losers

'Wherever African development issues are taught ... this book should be essential reading' Times Educational Supplement

This 'reader' focuses on political and economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa. It describes aspects of African history and contemporary economic issues, and how these affect the lives of different people It goes on to look at attempts to solve Africa's development problems and to analyse their positive and negative impact on the people of Africa. The fully-photocopiable material includes background information, case studies, and interviews.

An invaluable resource for introductory-level students of development, African studies, and development economics.

0xfam/Centre for Development Studies Swansea

1996, 870 727 223, spiral bound paperback, £9.95, $17.50


The World 1997/98

A Third World Guide (new)

'To find such diversity of opinions and wealth of data in one volume adas much to the value of this publication ... You could read this book for hours.’ Times Educational Supplement (on the previous edition)

The World has been acclaimed as an invaluable and authoritative reference book. This latest edition offers a unique blend of detailed coverage of more than 2 00 countries and nations, plus analysis of topical global issues.

The World 1 997/98 is the only global almanac with a perspective from the South. It incorporates contributions from a worldwide network of journalists and researchers and has been published regularly since 1979 by the Third World Institute in Uruguay.

It offers: up-to-date information on 235 countries, arranged alphabetically for easy locating, with supporting charts, statistics, and maps . profile of each country including its environment, history, politics, economics, and social setting ~ key facts and indicators on literacy, trade, employment, schooling, health, communications, and energy use = in-depth analysis of key global issues such as debt, education, trade, and social development.

The World 1997/98 is an indispensable reference work for general readers, development workers, academic, public and school libraries, non-government agencies, and specialist writers and researchers.

Compiled by the Third World Institute

Published by New Internationalist Publications

May 1997, 1869847 42 3, hardback 624pp, £49.95, $80.00

1869847 43 1, paperback 624pp, £24.95, $39.95


World Guide 1997 CD ROM (new)

World Guide is a yearly updated database on CD-Rom, based on information from The World 1997/98. You can select, analyse and present statistical data creating professional reports and articles. All of the data, graphs, maps and text can be exported to your word processor, desk-top publishing programme or spreadsheet.

You can select a country or group of countries graphically or from a list. You can even select countries according to their ranking by one or more variables. World Guide contains time-sequence data for over 200 variables divided into 21 statistical groups such as sex and age, health, agriculture, standard of living and environment. Information is available for every variable in the database, covering the data source, statistical year and some comments on how the variable was calculated. Data are also presentable in bar or line graphs, and population pyramids are available too.

System requirements: Windows: IBM-compatible 386 PC or higher, 4MB RAM. 4 MB hard-drive space, CD-ROM drive, Microsoft Windows 3.1 or Windows 95, mouse, VGA graphics

Macintosh: any colour or grayscale Macintosh with 4 MB RAM running System 7 or later, 2MB hard-drive space, CD-ROM drive

May 1997, £49.95, $89.95


Understanding Global Issues

This series of authoritative introductory-level briefings examines key global issues and topics in the news. Each subject is analysed from a completely independent point of view and the facts are presented accessibly with clear use of maps, diagrams, and illustrations.


The Balkans

The Battle for Water


South Africa


Columbus and After

Fairer Global Trade

Healthy Cities

The World of Islam

The Kurds

Marine Pollution

Renewable Energy

Water and Health

World Fishing

World Population

The United Nations

Published by European Schoolbooks Ltd

18-22pp, £2.50 each, set of 17, £37.50

Not available through Humanities Press in North America


Peters Projection World Map


The Peters Projection Map helps us to look at the world in a different way. The unfolded map measures 594 x 830mm and is available folded in a plastic wallet or laminated in flat plastic.

0 85598 256 x, folded map £3.95

0 85598 265 9, laminated map £6.50

Not available through Humanities Press in North America