Islands of prosperity: how Scotland’s regions compare on the Humankind Index

As the dust settles after this month’s local elections, Oxfam’s UK Poverty Programme in Scotland has assessed how the country’s 32 local authorities have each performed according to the Oxfam Humankind Index. The Oxfam Humankind Index results put Scotland’s island communities – Shetland, Eilean Siar (Western Isles) and Orkney – at the top of the list, with North Lanarkshire, Glasgow …

Climate change adaptation: it’s time we started talking about a revolution

The Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance (ACCRA) has published its report on the effect that development projects are having on people’s ability to deal with change. Simon Levine reflects on what it all means, for development and for climate change. ACCRA (the Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance) is a coalition of just five international organisations and their local partners in …

Three steps to developing workable ideas: explore, extract and enact

Where do new ideas come from? How do you produce an actionable, new idea? Nicholas Colloff outlines the ‘explore, extract, enact’ approach to innovation. Working recently with Oxfam’s teams in Armenia and Georgia, as they reviewed their strategy, we used a simple exercise to prototype new ideas sitting within their strategy that they could try out over the next six …

Hunger in the Sahel and international arms control: what’s the link?

With the launch of The Devil is in the Detail, Oxfam’s first in a series of five papers to be released in the run up to the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations in July, Oxfam’s arms trade policy adviser Martin Butcher discusses the links between Libya’s arms race and hunger in the Sahel. The growing food crisis provoked by drought in …