Cash transfers: A catalogue of solutions

ICT in Programme Humanitarian Advisor, Anna Kondakhchyan reflects on an exciting new initiative designed to help practitioners navigate the ins and outs of electronic cash transfers. s Oxfam increasingly defaults to distributing cash, instead of items, in emergencies we’re seeing more opportunities to provide timely, inclusive, secure and reliable payments through the use of electronic transfers such as mobile money, …

What makes networks tick? Learning from (a lot of) experience

When are networks the right response to a development challenge (as opposed to a monumental talking shop and more hot air than action)?  Andrew Wells-Dang, Stéphanie de Chassy, Benoit Trudel, Jan Bouwman and Jacky Repila set out some ideas. orking with and as a part of networks is an inescapable part of today’s interconnected world – and increasingly of Oxfam’s …

Walking the talk with Participatory Impact Assessment Learning Approach (PIALA) in Myanmar

Adinda Van Hemelrijck reflects on how we adapted PIALA for an impact evaluation in Myanmar. n 2015, Oxfam commissioned an impact evaluation of its resilient livelihoods project in the Dry Zone in Myanmar (part of the Effectiveness Review series). This project worked to develop a village-level mechanism – called Membership Organisation (MO) – that could facilitate broad citizen participation in local …

Extreme inequality and the push for an alternative future

Deborah Hardoon introduces our new report, ‘An Economy for the 99%‘ and argues that extreme inequality and a crisis in economics have created the appetite for an alternative vision for the future. erd Alert. As a student of economics, I always found the technical aspects of the subject deeply satisfying. Getting to the ‘right’ answer using algebra and statistics, solving …

Measuring time: Comparing questionnaire designs

Simone Lombardini compares duration, estimates and enumerator’s bias from two different time-use survey modules from the same impact evaluation survey in Indonesia. npaid care work and ‘ Time Poverty‘ are increasingly recognised as relevant to development efforts, and interest in measuring time-use data is growing. However, gathering information on time use is not easy; time-use modules are known for being …

Research-into-Use for climate change adaptation

Sue Moore explains the use of Research-into-Use and explores what this means for researchers, practitioners and ultimately, those most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. ‘We want water, not research!’ exclaimed a woman attending a stakeholder engagement workshop in Southern Afar, Ethiopia in February 2016. Why indeed focus on research, when the immediate needs of much of the population …

An Economy for the 99%

Deborah Hardoon, Deputy Head of Research, introduces our new report ‘An Economy for the 99%’, revealing that just 8 billionaires own the same amount of wealth as the poorest 3.6 billion people. In this extended version of her Vlog, she outlines how Oxfam compiled this shocking statistic, how the data was researched and explains why Oxfam studies wealth.

Priorities for women’s economic empowerment in 2017

Claudia Canepa and Caroline Green reflect back on our Her Series blog, which highlighted opinions, research and learning on women’s economic empowerment. Here they outline the key lessons from the series. his year has marked an important time for the political agenda on women’s economic empowerment, with the launch of a special UN High Level Panel back in January 2016. The …