Webinar: what if gender became an essential, standard element of vulnerability assessments?

News:  Did you miss this? You can watch the full webinar presentation below:      Vulnerability Assessments (VAs) can be useful tools in providing key insights for NGOs and other development stakeholders. But what is the best way to integrate gender, and how can we use them to design programmes which have resilience-building measures and risk reduction strategies at their heart? …

South Sudan: a battle of the sexes

Concepts of masculinity and femininity are deeply embedded in cultural beliefs and practices which underpin violence against women and inequality. Here Protection Project Manager, Kerry Akers, reflects on the nuances between gender and the roles of protector, victim and perpetrator in conflict affected areas of South Sudan. When the village is attacked the boys big enough to fight run with …

Social change for and by young women

What’s the most effective way of supporting young women to create the change they want to see in the world? FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund, The Global Fund for Women, Oxfam and the Young Foundation are collaborating to respond to this question. Aly Marczynski explains how. The Roots Lab, a new social innovation lab, will test the most effective …

El Niño in Ethiopia: “What will happen to us?”

Ethiopia, a country where up to 85 percent of people depend on rain-fed agriculture, is facing its worst drought in 50 years, resulting in a massive food and water insecurity crisis. Millions of people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Catherine Meredith, outlines the scale of the emergency and how it has been exacerbated by climate change and the …

Twitter debate: what can development frameworks do for women?

News:  March 7th, 15:00 GMT | @OxfamGBPolicy & @GaDJournal For International Women’s Day 2016, Oxfam Policy & Practice is hosting a joint twitter debate with the Gender & Development Journal on development frameworks and women. Talking to development practitioners, we’ll be exploring people’s concerns with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), from a women’s rights perspective. How have previous global frameworks …

Addressing equity through taxation: A view from Kenya

Tax revenue is a vital source of funding for essential services such as infrastructure, health and education. In Kenya tax revenue has increased in recent years but Martin Napisa, from the Kenyan National Taxpayers Association argues that action should be taken to make the tax system more effective and fair. n recent years, the icy state of the world economy …

Addressing equity through taxation: a view from Kenya

Tax revenue is a vital source of funding for essential services such as infrastructure, health and education. In Kenya tax revenue has increased in recent years but Martin Napisa, from the Kenyan National Taxpayers Association argues that action should be taken to make the tax system more effective and fair. In recent years, the icy state of the world economy …

What can the Ebola crisis teach us about responding to Zika?

As concern grows about the link between the mosquito-borne Zika virus and an increase in babies born with abnormally small heads Nigel Timmins, Oxfam’s Humanitarian Director, reflects on what Ebola has taught us about working with communities on health-related emergencies. Oxfam works in 11 countries where the Zika virus has been transmitted locally and is currently monitoring the situation closely. …

Unlocking innovation: hamster wheels and fly wheels

Are you on a repetitive hamster wheel in your work or are you powering a fly wheel, providing stability and increasing momentum and power to bring about change? James Whitehead, Global Innovation Adviser, reflects on the qualities and circumstances that allow innovation to flourish in development programmes. I spend a lot of time thinking about how we can unlock innovation …

How radio helped Kenyan communities engage with oil and gas developments

World Radio Day on 13 February celebrates radio’s role in empowering people as a source of information and dialogue. All too often we assume people around the world have mobile phones or internet access and overlook the most widely available mass communication medium in the world: the humble radio. In Kenya, Oxfam has been using radio to engage with communities …