Leaving no one behind in our evaluation practice

Stephen Porter Methodology, Real Geek

Stephen Porter reflects on the importance of understanding why people are left behind in development practice and acknowledging what goes unseen and unsaid in evaluations. Leave no one behind is a call for action within the Sustainable Development Goals. The Goals are meant to be met for all people, especially groups who are marginalized and vulnerable. In the Sustainable Development …

Care work matters – public services and infrastructure can make a difference

Thalia Kidder Gender, Women's Economic Empowerment

Thalia Kidder and Claudia Canepa explain why unpaid care work matters in tackling poverty and gender inequality, and discuss what can be done to recognise, reduce and redistribute the work load. Sustainable Development Goal 5.4 mandates that governments ‘recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion …

New series launch on urban development

Hashim Zaidi Governance, New Urbanism

Hashim Zaidi, Global Urban Work Lead, introduces a new blog series on urban development and why it is important to Oxfam. Cities today are home to 3.9 billion people accounting for 54% of the total world’s population. UN-Habitat estimates that an additional 2.5 billion people will live in cities by 2050 with almost 90% of this increase happening in Asia and Africa. …

The SDGS, an opportunity for business to do better

Ruth Mhlanga Active citizenship, Aid

Over a year in, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) show no sign of losing momentum. Ruth Mhlanga reflects on how businesses can support the SDGs to create a world free from poverty without breaking the planet. he SDGs are ambitious, but in a world where 8 men have the same wealth as the poorest half of the world, nothing less would …

The politics of inequality; who is measuring what and why?

Deborah Hardoon Inequality, Methodology, Real Geek

Our latest real geek instalment explores different measurements of inequality and how our understanding of the data they produce is crucial to the issue as a whole. here is no one ‘right’ way to measure anything. That’s what measurement is; one way to quantify out of many.  There can of course be a wrong way and plenty of statisticians work …

Accelerating Action: The need for next generation water targets

Suzanne Zweben Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

Originally posted by CEO Water Mandate, this blog calls for transformational change in water stewardship efforts. here is an opportunity for leading companies endorsing the CEO Water Mandate to rise to the challenge as water stewardship efforts have not kept pace with the scale of water scarcity and pollution problems. Agriculture drives roughly 70 percent of global water withdrawals and …

Political decision on aid needs to take a more functional approach

Daniela Rosche Aid

While politicians grapple with setting course to achieve the SDGs, they need to look at the core function of development aid and the role it can and should play in leaving no one behind. ver the past few years, I have seen few policy instruments lose as much traction and commitment as aid, also known as Official Development Assistance (ODA), …

Women’s economic empowerment and cash transfer programming

Rose Smith Aid, Gender, Her Series, Women's Economic Empowerment

Cash Transfer Programmes (CTP) are increasingly becoming more popular in relief response, but how can they help women’s economic empowerment? Rose Smith from The Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) gives us her input. oth women’s rights and Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) have been subject to increased debate and interest over recent years. Women’s rights and gender equality have progressed to become …

Let’s take a bigger leap for women with disabilities and economic empowerment

Hannah Loryman Gender, Her Series, Women's Economic Empowerment

In this latest addition to her our Her Series, we look at the barriers women with disabilities face. Hannah Loryman from CBM sheds light on just some of them.  he High-level panel’s aim to put Women’s Economic Empowerment at the top of the International Agenda is hugely positive. As the Secretary General put it, the Sustainable Development Goals will only …

Older women: Invisible linchpins of the household economy

Kate Horstead Gender, Her Series, Women's Economic Empowerment

Older women are often over looked in policy making and programme development in tackling unpaid care. As part of our Her Series, Kate Horstead from Age International offers her perspective on why we must not forget this group.  he global crescendo of voices calling out for women’s economic empowerment is getting harder for policymakers to ignore. But amid those diverse …