More consultation, less exploitation: the extractive industries and community consent

The relationship between the extractive industries and affected communities is too often characterized by exploitation and conflict. Michelle Katz and Augustine Niber explain how a report on the public commitments of mining, oil, and gas companies will help support positive engagement between companies and communities, leading to improved rights. While oil, gas and mining companies around the world exploit natural …

Inequality measures and metrics – what makes Slovenia stand out?

Following our recently published report on inequality in Europe, Deborah Hardoon, Deputy Head of Research at Oxfam, looks at the inequality data for Slovenia. She finds that Slovenia outperforms the rest of the EU across a range of indicators, including gender inequality and income distribution. While not a perfect model, Slovenia does offer an example of the sort of social conditions …

Business and development: fashion, unbridled enthusiasm and cold showers

This week, the UN Private Sector Forum will discuss the role of the private sector in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Here Erinch Sahan, Private Sector Policy Adviser, argues that business partnerships are not a catch-all solution for development, and to deliver truly transformative change we must transform business itself. In aid and development, business is fast becoming the new …

Why the moral imperatives for women’s empowerment trump economic reasons

What are the effects of inequitable economic growth on gender inequality? Researcher, Daria Ukhova, shares evidence of how income inequalities in emerging economies can exacerbate inequalities between men and women. Daria contributed to the recent inequalities issue of the Gender and Development journal and is speaking at an Oxfam co-hosted public lecture on Gendered Inequalities in London on Friday 2 …

What ICTs can do for humanitarian programmes

In an era of ever increasing humanitarian disasters and constantly evolving digital technology, Oxfam is gathering evidence about how Information Communications Technologies (ICTs) can improve the quality and efficiency of our work. In this blog, Laura Eldon shares progress to date with an exciting Sida-funded multi country programme which is exploring how ICTs can add value to activities throughout the …

Top tips for organising a successful programme learning event

Bringing together people who work in development to share experiences can make us better at overcoming poverty. But to be effective the event must be timely and relevant. Here Audrey Lejeune, Programme Learning Adviser, and Léa Doumenjou, ACCRA Programme Officer, explain what they learnt from organising an event in Uganda. A multitude of meetings, workshops, learning events, retreats, conferences, webinars, …

Yemenis need aid not arms

The UK lobbied for years for the Arms Trade Treaty that came into force last December. But at the first test of the new law, it has turned a blind eye to mounting evidence of potential misuse of its weapons. Here Mark Goldring, Chief Executive of Oxfam GB, explains why Oxfam is challenging the government on the ‘paradox’ of the …

An unequal union: startling new research into European inequality

The European Union is home to more billionaires than ever before, while at the same time the proportion of people at risk of poverty is on the increase and two thirds of people believe that their government represents the interests of the few in power, rather than the majority. Our new report, A Europe For the Many, Not the Few, reveals …

Women, men and poverty: an introduction to gender justice

When it comes to poverty and gender inequalities everyone loses out – women, men, boys, girls, communities, the economy, the environment – the list goes on. But it doesn’t have to be like this. Here’s a brief introduction to the issue and what can be done about it from Jemma Stringer, Gender Justice Officer and Laurie Adams, our Women’s Rights …

Top five back to school reads

Been away? Here are some of the most thought provoking aid and development blogs of the summer which we think you need to read. Including guest posts from ODI, Bond and the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre. The cost of living How much does it cost to save someone’s life after an emergency? The cost of providing basic …