Home truths: climate change lessons from Britain’s shores

Sea level rise and  more frequent and intense storms have made the Outer Hebrides increasingly vulnerable to coastal flooding. Daniel Morchain recently travelled to the area to see how techniques, ancient and new, play a role in combating soil and dune erosion.  A few weeks ago I joined a team from the Oxfam Glasgow UK Poverty Programme and the University of …

Men at work for gender equality

Gender & Development editor Caroline Sweetman introduces the latest issue of the journal with a call to challenge damaging gender stereotypes of all kinds. I have twin sons, and I’m bringing them up to be feminists. And anti-racist, and pro-gay rights. Their father is Ethiopian, and they’ve experienced being called racist names from time to time at primary school in …

Lessons learned from a year of advocacy impact evaluation

Evaluation gurus Kimberly Bowman and Claire Hutchings reflect on what Oxfam has learnt in our efforts to monitor the effectiveness of our advocacy campaigns. Those of you who regularly read this blog might already be aware of some of Oxfam’s efforts to “tackle the effectiveness challenge.”  Back in October, Jennie Richmond explained Oxfam’s efforts to address learning and accountability through Performance …

Finding CSO partners when civil society has been weakened by war

After a difficult start, Oxfam’s fragile states project Within and Without the State has been making significant and exciting progress in South Sudan over the last few months. The team are now at the stage of selecting civil society organisation (CSO) partners. Rama Anthony explains more. Within and Without the State believes that civil society has great potential to help strengthen …

Tackling poor governance — where to begin?

People’s ability to claim their rights is hampered by poorly governed or weak institutions. On the UN’s Human Rights Day, we’re launching a new tool to help practitioners to plan programmes that put governance considerations at their core. Jo Rowlands, Oxfam’s Senior Global Programme Adviser on Governance and Institutional Accountability explains more. “No substantial famine has ever occurred in any independent and …

To ensure women’s rights move forward, we need to repoliticise – outcomes from the Beyond Gender Mainstreaming Learning Project

Last year, Gender & Development set out to discover where Gender Mainstreaming is 15 years on from when the approach was first agreed. The Learning Project brought together activists and development professionals in online debates, face-to-face encounters and a special issue of the journal which is out today. Journal editor Caroline Sweetman explains more. Gender & Development‘s Special Issue on Beyond Gender …

Oxfam Marks 60 years of working in India

Oxfam India’s CEO Nisha Agrawal is here in the UK this week to mark 60 years of Oxfam working in India, responding to emergencies and helping to pull millions of people out of poverty.    Oxfam first started working in India in response to the famine in Bihar in 1951. Today Oxfam works to help people find ways of making …

Beyond Gender Mainstreaming: what’s changed since Beijing 1995?

Two decades after the phrase ‘gender mainstreaming’ was first coined at the 1995 Beijing UN World Conference on Women, the Gender & Development journal gathered leading feminists from across the world together at a conference in London to examine what has been achieved and what challenges remain.  Gender mainstreaming.  The phrase may remind me sometimes of Jane Austen’s comment on …