5 lessons from the latest report on climate change

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, released today, reveals a grim picture of increasing extreme floods, drought, food shortages, conflict and economic damage. Here Tim Gore summarises the report’s five key lessons. Today leading international experts on climate change, the IPCC, presented their latest report on the impacts of climate change on humanity, and what we can …

Are donors backtracking on country ownership?

We’re still waiting for answers to this question, explains aid and inequality policy adviser, Nicola McIvor. Yesterday the findings of the global aid effectiveness monitoring framework were finally due to be published. But the release has now been pushed back again to next week, after numerous delays and two false launch dates, raising some concerns about the monitoring process since the …

Adapting to a hotter, hungrier world in Zimbabwe

As we launch our new briefing on the impact of climate change on hunger, John Magrath introduces Ipaishe, a Zimbabwean farmer who has experienced both the benefits and limitations of schemes that aim to adapt to a changing climate.   “Being a widow is hard enough to deal with, without the stigma that comes with the fact you’ve returned home”Ipaishe …

British foreign policy: where’s the vision for 2015?

As Oxfam releases our new paper: British Foreign Policy in an Unequal World, and with humanitarian and diplomatic crises in east Ukraine, Syria and the Central African Republic, our senior policy adviser Ed Cairns challenges the political classes to set their vision for the UK’s role in the world post-2015. It’s been a grim week in international affairs. Syria’s war …

Who cares about care?

How can women fulfil their potential economically, socially, and politically if the majority of their time is tied up in unpaid household care duties? As part of our International Women’s Day series, Liz Cooke explains how the world of development is waking up to this key gender equality issue. When 30 feminists gathered in London last month to discuss approaches …

Amal: hope for the women of the Arab spring

Although women were at the forefront of the 2011 uprisings in the Arab world, their voices are still not being heard in many areas. Here Serena Tramonti introduces our gender justice programme in the region, and the new innovation fund for women’s organisations, which is now open for applications. Three years ago, weeks before the centenary of International Women’s Day, …

Gender inequality as a driver of conflict

Can Oxfam tackle gender inequality in conflict-affected countries? Here, Louie Fooks explains why working on gender inequality is not only possible, but a necessary part of governance and peace building. Surely securing peace, reconciliation, and stability is the priority in such fragile contexts, and does not leave space for the ‘luxury’ of work on gender?Women’s exclusion from public life in any context …

What on earth is an anti-poverty strategy anyway?

Last week, the government launched their new strategy to tackle child poverty in the UK. Chris Goulden, head of the poverty research team at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, comments on it and asks – what makes a good anti-poverty strategy? I’ve been doing a lot of thinking of late about strategies. We seem to love them in UK policy-making and …