How improving access to water can help reduce care work

Lucia Rost General, Research, Women's Economic Empowerment

Changes to infrastructure and equipment can make a real difference to time spent on care work . Lucia Rost and the WE-Care team share research from the Philippines, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Everyone needs care, but in many countries, it is mostly women who are responsible for providing it. Heavy care work responsibilities can restrict women’s opportunities for education, employment, political …

We’re not testing drugs but Oxfam should randomize more

Franziska Mager Inequality, Research

Oxfam should expand its toolkit for understanding support for the problems we care about among the UK public, argues Franziska Mager. You might think that when it comes to research, Oxfam’s ways of working have near nothing in common with a pharmaceutical company. I argue that the one thing which our public facing teams should adopt from these companies is …

Influencing behaviours and practices to tackle poverty and injustice

Ruth Mayne General, Influencing, Methodology, Research

Ruth Mayne, a senior researcher on influencing, introduces the key themes of a new discussion paper on behaviour and practice change. Behaviour change strategies can play a vital role in combating poverty, injustice and environmental problems, whether by helping end gender based violence, improving health and hygiene behaviours, or reducing resource-intensive consumption patterns. But do we really understand how to …

What does populism mean for NGO policy and practice?

Martin Walsh Influencing, Research

At the start of our Evidence for Influencing conference in October, Senior Researcher Martin Walsh presented Oxfam’s research on the politics of populism and its implications for NGO policy and practice, including the use of evidence for influencing. Here he summarises and reflects on the findings of that research, published at the end of last year as an Oxfam America Research …

Speaking out about the Rohingya crisis

Ed Cairns Emergency, Humanitarian, Protection, Refugees and IDPs, Research

Oxfam has interviewed Rohingya refugees about their needs, hopes and fears for the future, and published their responses in a new briefing paper. Here Ed Cairns reflects on the responsibility to speak out. More than 626,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar since 25 August, one of the fastest movements of people in history. By November, the world’s interest had largely moved …

Critical junctures and the redistribution of care work

Martin Walsh Research, Women's Economic Empowerment

Women’s heavy and unequal contributions to care work are a challenge to their participation in social, economic and political life and overall wellbeing. How can project interventions change this? Senior researcher Martin Walsh reflects on the findings of two in-depth studies in Uganda and Ethiopia. One of the aims of Oxfam’s WE-Care (Women’s Economic Empowerment and Care) initiative is the …

Novel partnerships in an era of global environmental change

Georgina Cundill Kemp Climate Change, Research

The sustainability research community needs to develop new alliances if they want to have real impact argues Georgina Cundill Kemp, Senior Program Officer at the International Development Research Centre in Canada. “He who becomes the slave of habit, who follows the same routes every day, who never changes pace, who does not risk and change the color of his clothes, who does not speak …

What we’ve learnt about sharing real-time data

Simone Lombardini General, ICT4D, Real Geek, Research

At Oxfam we are continually developing our use of digital technology for surveys. Here Simone Lombardini and Emily Tomkys Valteri reflect on lessons learnt from the process of using and sharing real-time data during fieldwork to conduct Oxfam’s Effectiveness Reviews. In 2015 Oxfam’s Impact Evaluation Advisers started using digital devices to conduct household surveys for Oxfam’s Effectiveness Reviews (ex-post, quasi-experimental …

Poverty and income inequality are inseparable problems

Philomena Cullen Inequality, Research

New research from Oxfam and researchers at the London School of Economics shows a clear link between growing income inequality and income poverty in the UK. Philomena Cullen explores what this means for anti-poverty efforts both nationally and globally. Oxfam’s core purpose is the ending of poverty and suffering. Yet, in recent years, we’ve grown increasingly alarmed by extreme and …