Increasing Participation & Creating Inclusive Employment Opportunities for Youth

Shekhar Anand Participation and Leadership, Youth employment, Youth Participation

by Ahmed Elassal and Shekhar Anand Oxfam’s Youth Participation and Employment (YPE) Program supported by the Danish Arab Partnership Program (DAPP) works with a wide range of partners in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia. The program developed interesting interventions for youth employment responding to the context, needs and factors such as skill levels of entrepreneurs, educational and geographic background, extent of exposure …

Ensuring privacy during phone interviews

Ensuring privacy during phone interviews? A written conversation

Mahran Alhayek Real Geek

by Mahran Alhayek, Melissa Harris and Sarah Nijholt As the World Health Organisation declared COVID as a pandemic on March 11, 2020, a group of staff from Oxfam, its partner organization and consultants were preparing to conduct interviews with women affected by ongoing conflicts and the presence of ISIS in Kirkuk Governorate, in Iraq, as part of Oxfam’s Effectiveness Review series.   We put the …

Committed to Care: Towards a Feminist Future at the Generation Equality Forum

Amber Parkes Gender, Rights

by Amar Nijhawan, Amber Parkes and Julie Thekkudan Generation Equality Forum: A blueprint for gender equality   “Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights” – a key refrain from the Fourth United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995.  This was a galvanising moment for the women’s rights and feminist movement globally, putting forward a bold vision for the realisation …

COVID19: WIDOWHOOD ‘AGENCY’, EXPOSED BURDENS, CULTURE & GENDER ALLIES

Roseline Orwa Gender, Violence Against Women and Girls

Roseline Orwa and Valentine Linet set out in June 2021 to understand how widows in rural Siaya were coping and managing during Covid-19. With majority being survivors of two pandemics – HIV and Covid-19, we asked them how they wanted to engage. From which we employed deep sensitivity and a story telling approach during one-on-one interviews. In this blog, we …

Corona Boom: How supermarkets became pandemic winners while women workers lose out

Rachel Wilshaw Inequality

With nearly 85% of the adult population having received at least one vaccination, UK citizens can look forward to seeing loved ones, having a holiday and going back into the workplace. By contrast, in the countries Oxfam where conducted research in 2020 (Brazil, Thailand, India, Pakistan and South Africa), just 9% had received a Covid jab by late June 2021, …

International solidarity: from HIV/AIDs to Covid19

Mohga Kamal-Yanni Influencing

by Mohga Kamal-Yanni, Anna Marriott and Ruth Mayne Millions of people continue to suffer and die from Covid-19. Yet, while rich countries have vaccinated more than 40% of their population and are rapidly advancing towards herd immunity against Covid-19, 39 developing countries have vaccinated only around 1%. This blog explores how international solidarity can help end this global injustice.  Patent …

Oxfam’s new policy on biometrics explores safe and responsible data practice

James Eaton-Lee ICT4D, Protection

By James Eaton-Lee and Elizabeth Shaughnessy  The collection and processing of biometric data – data which is linked to the human body or its behaviour – such as fingerprints or facial recognition – has become significantly more common in humanitarian contexts worldwide in the last five years.  Few donors or large INGOs have not had a position on biometric data or had some experience rolling this out. But this …

Putting the Furthest Behind First

Julie Kedroske Food security, Inequality

By Jeffrey Maganya and Julie Kedroske COVID-19 is a humanitarian crisis of catastrophic proportions with no signs of abating. 130 million more people experienced chronic hunger last year, and approximately 150 million people will be forced into extreme poverty by the end of 2021. The pandemic is exacerbating existing inequalities in gender, race, and wealth, which will significantly worsen without …

Will the Generation Equality Forum deliver for women’s Rights?

Naomi Shadrack Agriculture, Gender

The global movement for gender equality, also known as the Generation Equality Forum (GEF) is now in full speed. It is structured around six Action Coalitions: innovative multi-stakeholder partnerships involving governments, international organizations, civil society and youth-led organizations, as well as private sector companies and philanthropic foundations. It is the continuation of efforts toward keeping the promises of the Beijing Platform …