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 …

Go behind the brands you buy

Horsemeat scandal got you wondering where your food really comes from? Well, we’ve got good news and bad news. The good news: Oxfam has just released a simple way for you to find out which of the biggest food and drinks companies have the best – and the worst – social and environmental policies. The bad news: None of the …

Living wages, not minimum wages: an issue for the UK as well as Viet Nam

Labour rights issues revealed in our recent report on Unilever in Viet Nam can be found much closer to home, say guest bloggers Catherine Howarth and Ania Klis of FairPensions. Oxfam’s powerful new report Labour Rights in Unilever’s Supply Chain, highlights urgent labour rights issues in Unilever’s international supply chain. The report focuses on operations in Viet Nam but the same …

Aid: a musty relic of a bygone age, or a lifesaver needed today?

Ben Phillips gives a personal reflection on the struggle for aid justice and why the time is right to give aid the credit it deserves.   2013 is set to be an exciting year for Oxfam. Issues  we’ve long campaigned on, taxation and land, are finally on the agenda of a G8. And we’re part of a big coalition that …

Is Unilever setting an example for others to follow?

Oxfam’s recent report on labour rights in Unilever’s supply chain in Viet Nam revealed a gap between policy and implementation, but the company’s commitment to transparency sets an example to others.  Few will be surprised by the headline ‘Multinational’s labour practices found wanting by NGO‘ . What is refreshing is that it results from research conducted by Oxfam, but facilitated …

Twisted rules and land deals

If you had bags full of money and wanted to buy land, where would you go for a good deal? If you’re only looking for ways to make a good profit and control your risk exposure, surely you would look for a place where you can influence the terms of the deal. This is the intuition behind the  analysis published …

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 …

High ideals and hiccups: three wishes for Unilever and employers everywhere

Applause today must go to Unilever’s courageous decision to allow Oxfam unfettered access to its operations and supply chain in Vietnam. This has resulted in a new report that reveals both high ideals and implementation hiccups when it comes to the quality of jobs Unilever directly provides or supports through its supply chain in Vietnam. It also underlines the gap between …

Oxfam and Unilever: no longer such strange bedfellows?

Oxfam GB has today published a groundbreaking report on labour rights in Unilever’s supply chain. It is groundbreaking not so much because of its content (although as the project’s technical advisor and co-author of the report, I do think we have some fascinating findings to present). No, it’s the fact that a company as large as Unilever is voluntarily opening …

The Group of 20: advancing the constitutional agenda for women in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is currently re-writing its constitution and women in Zimbabwe have seized the opportunity to push for equality and women’s rights. Women in Zimbabwe are often excluded from social, economic, and political processes due to patriarchal attitudes and practices (especially the exercise of customary laws), as well as by the general political climate of intimidation and violence. As a result, …