Disaster without memory: Oxfam's drought programme in Zambia

In Southern Africa, a major drought during 1992-3 threatened devastating consequences for poor rural populations in the region. The article describes the unconventional approach to disaster mitigation undertaken by Oxfam in Zambia. This both enabled people at the local level, with little prior organisational experience, to establish effective dialogue with government officials in the country; and laid the foundations for longer-term development activities. The role of local lobbying, as well as campaigning on an international level, was crucial. This article is freely available as a chapter in Development and Advocacy and in Development and Social Action.