The Scottish Doughnut: A safe and just space for Scotland

How can Scotland ensure the needs of all its citizens are met while living within environmental and planetary boundaries? The Scottish Doughnut report released today depicts where Scotland is falling short on social and environmental justice, and shows where it needs to get to. Here Francis Stuart, policy and research adviser, highlights some of the key findings. When we think of doughnuts we …

People, planet and profit: the three Ps of impact investment

Are we entering a new era of corporate social responsibility and ethical investors? Oskar Haq our financial sector adviser in Asia explains why impact investment is becoming ever more popular. Not a week goes by where I don’t come across another article touting “impact investment” as the best thing since sliced bread for solving problems not just in cities like New …

Women of the North East stand up for their rights

Our Routes to Solidarity programme works with minority ethnic women in the UK affected by poverty, inequality and discrimination. Sara Ganassin explains how women in north-east England are using the international legal framework to advocate for practical changes that will combat gender inequality.  What will it take to bring about global gender equality? Poverty and violation of women’s rights are …

Where is everyone?

Are humanitarian agencies avoiding difficult interventions? Jane Cocking, Oxfam’s Humanitarian Director, challenges a recent MSF report’s negative portrayal of the humanitarian system. She points out that, over the last seven years, Oxfam has actually doubled the number of people it can help in a crisis and how more people can receive the help they so desperately need. Humanitarian crises are …

Six practical resources for doing gender and MEL, better

As we launch the new issue of Gender & Development, which focuses on monitoring, learning and evaluation (MEL), Global Gender MEL Adviser, Kimberly Bowman offers her top resources for gendered MEL. It’s been a good few months for people who are interested in ‘gendered’ monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL). That may sound like the smallest club in the world but, …

Monitoring, evaluation and learning: why it’s an activist’s best friend

Why is Gender & Development focusing on monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) this issue? Editor Caroline Sweetman explains how gender sensitive MEL can support women’s empowerment as well as reporting on it. Gender & Development turns 21 this year, and we’re celebrating by looking at a really hot topic: monitoring, evaluation and learning. There’s no mistake here – though on the face …

Do you need to stand on a podium to bring about change?

At Oxfam we say that women’s rights are at the heart of all we do, but what does this mean for someone stuck behind a computer screen? Catherine Meredith explains how the gender leadership programme is helping Oxfam staff to promote gender justice at home and abroad. A couple of years ago our office in Asia realised that staff needed …

Who answers to the hungry? Claiming the right to food in Kenya

In Kenya poor households are struggling to afford food and government schemes are not doing enough to prevent people going hungry. Carolyne Gatimu introduces a study of food rights in Kenya as part of our research project on the impact of food price volatility. “The government has a mandate to feed its citizens, but how can citizens claim this right? …