Podcast: “Imagine something out of the box” How are young people responding to the pandemic?

Power in the Pandemic Podcast Youth

How are young people responding to the Coronavirus crisis?What’s it like to manage a soap factory during the pandemic? How are young people using the internet to build bridges between generations during lockdowns? How does this virus exacerbate the ongoing economic crisis and rates of youth unemployment? Young people’s voices are often the last to be heard during a crisis. …

Youth activism in Peru is changing the narrative

Isabel Crabtree-Condor Active citizenship, Influencing, Youth

Last week 110 young activists arrived in Lima to be part of the National Activism Laboratory 2020. This is a safe space for young activists, between the ages of 18-30, from 24 out of 25 regions of Peru to learn about each other’s work, strengthen their activism and co-create campaign actions. This year the red thread tying the laboratory together …

Imagining alternative futures

John Magrath Agriculture, Climate Change, Food & livelihoods, Food security, Methodology, Participation and Leadership, Research, Youth Leave a Comment

Programme Researcher, John Magrath, describes the process of applying ‘participatory scenario development’ to explore how Bangladesh might achieve zero hunger and zero carbon emissions by 2041. It is tempting to assume that the future will follow much the same trajectory as the past. Imagining alternative futures can be dismissed as dreaming, or science fiction. And if we do imagine the …

Making markets work in fragile settings

Shekhar Anand Agriculture, Livelihoods, Private sector, Women's Economic Empowerment, Youth Leave a Comment

Oxfam OPT’s Economic Justice team shares four lessons learned from their market system development (MSD) work with small-scale farmers in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territory affects 4.8 million Palestinians, nearly a quarter of whom live below the poverty line. Among other threats, at least 1.9 million Palestinians experience – or are at risk of …

Solar study lamps in Sierra Leone

Kevin Johnstone Education, Gender, Innovation, Natural Resources, Private sector, Youth Leave a Comment

Renewable Energy Policy Advisor, Kevin Johnstone, outlines some of the educational benefits of solar study lamp campaigns, and their potential to achieve much more. The cost of night studies Sometimes Bintu’s family couldn’t afford batteries for home lighting, and on those nights, she couldn’t complete her school work. Bintu’s mother explained that if “you don’t have batteries, your children will …

Young feminists driving change

Imogen Davies Active citizenship, Gender & Development Journal, Participation and Leadership, Rights, Violence Against Women and Girls, Youth Leave a Comment

Imogen Davies, Oxfam GB’s Global Adviser on Youth, Gender & Active Citizenship, and co-editor of the latest issue of Gender & Development, describes the political approaches young feminist movements are taking to reshape the international development landscape. There are more young people alive today than there ever have been before. Almost one person in four is aged 10-24, with 90 per …

Making international development campaigns work for girls

Rosie Walters Education, Gender & Development Journal, Participation and Leadership, Youth Leave a Comment

Rosie Walters discovers how girls can take a much more creative approach to feminist activism than campaigns would give them credit for. In the past decade, countless campaigns have emerged with the aim of empowering girls in the Global South.  Many of them cite statistics about the returns of investing in girls’ education, including increased economic output, delayed maternity and …

Raising the voices of indigenous youth at the UN

Soledad Carrasco Climate Change, Youth Leave a Comment

Soledad Carrasco reflects on her experience of attending the UN youth forum as a representative of the indigenous peoples of Peru. Youth are often accused of being indifferent to the political events unfolding in our society. But I saw no evidence of that at the Youth Forum of the United Nations which I attended recently in New York. The forum, organized …