My journey as a female logistician at Oxfam

Yasmin Begum Emergencies, Gender, Humanitarian

Yasmin is a Humanitarian Support Personnel (HSP) Logistician for the Global Humanitarian Team (GHT) since 2016. She is from Bangladesh and has worked in the major humanitarian emergency responses and development programmes in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Philippines, Nepal, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Somaliland, Jordan, and Yemen. Logistics and women Logistics is at the heart of lifesaving work in the humanitarian sector. In …

Launching our new training course: Why Data Rights Matter

James Eaton-Lee ICT4D

This month we’ve released our “Why Data Rights Matter” training course.  We believe the course will make substantial impact to uphold commitments to make safe, rights-based use of data, and that it is a bridge to further collaboration in this area.  Background  Oxfam was proud to be an early participant in the Responsible Data movement, publishing our Responsible Program Data Policy in 2015. In it, we outlined a …

Challenges to Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystems in the MENA Region

Giada Cicognola Innovation, Livelihoods, Youth employment

Social entrepreneurship (SE) has gained significant interest and recognition in the past few years. Social entrepreneurs are tackling social and environmental challenges with innovative sustainable solutions, thus combining business with social impact. Social entrepreneurship in the southern Mediterranean region has the potential to invigorate local economies as well as to promote regional stability by activating positive synergies among economic sectors and …

How Agribusiness is fueling the climate crisis in the Amazon

Clemence Abbes Agriculture, Climate Change

Over a year has passed since the world was shocked by the images of the fires blazing across the Amazon. While the world’s attention has moved on, the climate crisis in the Amazon continues – fueled largely by the unchecked expansion of agribusiness.   The Amazon, with its millions of acres of tropical rainforests and savannah ecosystem, spans across several countries in South …

From burden to benefit: Reframing the conversation on care

Amber Parkes Gender, Inequality, Women's Economic Empowerment

If I said you could either invest in something that is essential or something that is a burden, which would you choose? I’m guessing most people would choose the former. How we frame things matters. From political slogans to hashtags to social justice campaigns, anyone who has tried to compel others into action knows that the words we choose are …

The struggle of Yemeni women between war and harmful social norms

Rehab Al-Dhamari Gender, Violence Against Women and Girls

Armed conflict, poverty, hunger and economic crisis have been severely affecting the lives Yemeni people over the past six years. Around 80% of the Yemeni population require some form of humanitarian or protection assistance, this means 24 million people, including 14.3 million in acute need. GBV is wide-spread in Yemen In the Yemeni context, gender-based violence (GBV) is a very …

What did Oxfam learn from talking to workers in food and footwear factories supplying M&S?

Rachel Wilshaw Private sector, Rights

In 2017 M&S asked Oxfam to carry out a ‘gap analysis’ study to ‘better understand the true worker experience and identify the changes we need to make in our own operations and those of our suppliers’ similar to another undertaken by Oxfam together with Unilever. For Oxfam, the project provided a rare opportunity to hear people’s experience of working in food and footwear factories which supply M&S and other retailers.  M&S and Oxfam set …

Introducing The Impact Talk Podcast from Oxfam Novib & the “Power of Citizens’ Voices” Series

Oxfam Novib Active citizenship

“People living on the frontlines of inequality have the solutions, and leaders all over the world should pay attention to what people are saying are tangible solutions”Antonia Musunga, Kenya National Coordinator, Fight Inequality Alliance, and guest on Episode 1 of the Impact Talk Podcast. Oxfam Novib announces the launch of The Impact Talk Podcast with the “Power of Citizens’ Voices” …