May day marches in La Paz, Bolivia, 2006. Credit: Renato Guimaraes/Oxfam

Findings from a meta-review of influencing initiatives

Ruth Mayne Active citizenship, Governance, Influencing, Real Geek, Research Leave a Comment

Ruth Mayne shares learning from a recent meta-review of Oxfam and partners’ policy influencing, citizen’s voice and governance initiatives around the world.  NB. This blog post deals with the findings of the influencing meta-review. In the next couple of weeks we will publish a separate post from the authors of the review explaining their methodology. Sign up for our Real …

A water community group meeting in Allan, Salt. Photo: Alixandra Buck / Oxfam

Joining forces for better water services in Jordan

Alixandra Buck Active citizenship, Governance, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Leave a Comment

Alixandra Buck reports on an Oxfam project in Jordan where the local community is working with local authorities to improve water supplies. In Jordan, it is not common for government and citizens to talk face to face on issues of common concern. There is also skepticism on the role of civil society. We’re working to change that dynamic. Oxfam and …

Government budgets that work for women and girls

Nguyen Thu Huong Active citizenship, Gender, Governance Leave a Comment

What could putting females, and other genders, at the heart of government budgets look like? Clare Coffey and Nguyen Thu Huong introduce a new tool to help. We all know that money matters and how governments collect and spend their budgets is a case in point. We need governments budgets because they fund schools and teachers, hospitals and staff. But …

Three women walking down the main road of Cirhogole Village. DRC. Credit: Ramon Sanchez Orense/Oxfam

Working with men in the most dangerous place to be a woman

Augustin Titi Rutanuka Fragile contexts, Gender, General, Protection, Violence Against Women and Girls Leave a Comment

The Democratic Republic of Congo has become renowned for incredibly high levels of sexual violence. Oxfam partner CEDIER has been working to engage men in the DRC, to tackle some of the widespread beliefs and practices which contribute to making this such a dangerous place for women. Over the last 20 years, the DRC has been characterized by internal armed …

An Iraqi woman looks out of her damaged house. Credit: Tommy Trenchard/Oxfam

Now is the time for women’s rights in the Middle East

Farah Kobaissy Active citizenship, Gender, General Leave a Comment

The realization of women’s rights and gender justice in the Middle East and North Africa is inseparably entwined with conflict resolution and peace building efforts explains Farah Kobaissy. “No matter where you are, everyone says that now is not the time to talk about these issues. There is no such thing as women’s rights. We are in times of war, …

North Kivu, eastern DRC, has been affected by conflict for decades. Louise Nyiranolozi is president of the local hygiene committee and member of the women’s forum. Photo: Eleanor Farmer/Oxfam.

Helping our partners to stay safe?

Yoma Winder Fragile contexts Leave a Comment

Yoma Winder reflects on our recent report with International Alert on working with partners in conflict contexts. The report was launched at a panel event at LSE on October 31.  When Oxfam asked for partners’ feedback via the Keystone Accountability’s Partner Survey we were told many things very firmly. Of particular concern for Oxfam was that we had a lower …

In Kabul, Afghanistan, training for women police recruits takes six months; they learn weapons, general policing and the rule of law, gender and human rights awareness. Photo: Ellie Kealey/Oxfam

Local partnerships and protecting human rights in conflict

Phil Vernon Fragile contexts, Governance 1 Comment

Phil Vernon from International Alert shares his views on working with partners on conflict contexts, as part of our release of a recent joint report on the subject.  A healthy and active civil society is both an essential indicator of a resilient society, and an essential vehicle for achieving one, through activism and service delivery. But civil society is under …

Credit: Carol Allen-Storey/International Alert

Being a better partner in conflict situations

Mark Goldring Conflict, Fragile contexts, General, Research 1 Comment

A new report from Oxfam and International Alert looks at how violent conflict impacts local civil society and how international partners respond. Here Harriet Lamb, CEO of International Alert and Mark Goldring, CEO of Oxfam GB, reflect on the key findings and their implications for future and current partnerships in conflict. Violent conflicts cast a shadow every day over millions …

Martin Lubajo. Credit: Oxfam

Keeping education alive in South Sudan

Martin Lubajo Fragile contexts, General, Youth Leave a Comment

‘Our country had suffered from war and under-development for generations, but we knew education could help us find a better path’. Martin Lubajo shares his journey from refugee in Uganda to teacher and trainer in South Sudan, striving to ensure that children do not miss out on their education even amid the ongoing war and humanitarian crisis. In 2009, I …