How to Explain Systems Change to a 13-Year-Old

LEARNING:  Innovation requires bringing people and ideas together. But sometimes the way we communicate about our work can get in the way of collaboration. Kippy Joseph, Associate Director of The Rockefeller Foundation, reflects on a workshop they held on systems mapping.  Eilidh is 13-year-old burgeoning expert in systems change. Just ask her. “A system is anything organized for a purpose-kind of like …

Spread the bounty, credit the growers: A feminist approach to knowledge management

LEARNING: Knowledge management might not be the first thing one thinks of when tackling issues around Violence against Women and Girls and Gender Based Violence, but it can be essential for practitioners to share their learning outcomes. Here, Caroline Marrs and Christine Hughes from Oxfam Canada, share with us their experience in a networked approach to sharing knowledge. Knowledge sharing …

Surviving hunger: Malawi’s new normal

ON THE GROUND REFLECTION:  As Malawi experiences the worst drought it’s had for 35 years, exacerbated by El Niño, many are suffering from hunger and starvation. Benjamin Phillips, a Humanitarian Worker with Oxfam, shares with us his experience on a recent visit to the country.  “If you come back in August you probably won’t find us here”, a man I recently …

Crossing continents: Sharing experiences of living and working through conflict

NEWS: Learning across continents can be vital to improving programming in conflict affected areas. Annabel Morrissey, Programme Coordinator from the Within and Without the State programme, reflects back to a learning event held in February which aimed to share knowledge across several regions.  In February 2016, 55 Oxfam and partner staff from 18 countries gathered in Bangkok to take time out …

1 in 3 women suffer violence, but it’s everyone’s problem

NEWS:  1 in 3 women are estimated to directly experience violence. In the Gender & Development’s latest journal, issues around violence against women and girls (VAWG) are explored as a central concern for development. Caroline Sweetman, Editor of Gender & Development, introduces the articles and their contributors.  Counting Dead Women is a blog and social media campaign that lists the …

Iraq must not be forgotten: The humanitarian crisis worsens

ON THE GROUND REFLECTION: As ISIS continues to have devastating effects on Iraq, the country is facing some of the most profound challenges it has seen in the last decade. Rachel Sider, Humanitarian Policy Advisor, comments on the need for governments to prioritize the area as they meet this week in the United States at a donor pledging conference. Having …

Ensuring companies stretch themselves: Learning from Oxfams Unilever report

OPINION: Peter McAllister, Executive Director of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), shares with us his thoughts on our recent study on labour rights in Vietnam with Unilever.  It’s always important to have an evidence base when addressing ethical trade issues. It’s also important to acknowledge progress as well as to address any supply chain challenges. That’s why Oxfam’s five-year collaboration …

Our latest research guidelines for development practitioners

LEARNING:  High quality research is an integral part of evidence-informed advocacy and development programming. Here Martin Walsh, Global Research Adviser, introduces our latest research guidelines, two of them on new topics and one an update to an existing guideline. Oxfam launched its series of online research guidelines for development practitioners in November 2012. Since then, they’ve become among the most …