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


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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

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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?

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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

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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


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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

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‘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 …

Nelson Mandela speaking during the launch of Make Poverty History in 2005.Credit: Mark Davy/Oxfam

How Oxfam has influenced for change over the last 75 years

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In advance of the Oxfam Research Network’s Evidence for Influencing conference (Soesterberg, Netherlands, 23-24 October), Ruth Mayne, Chris Stalker and Andrew Wells-Dang look back over Oxfam’s history of influencing and future challenges.  Influencing policymakers is in Oxfam’s genes. Right from its inception in 1942, Oxfam called on Prime Minister Winston Churchill to lift the Allied blockade of Nazi-occupied countries to …

Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima with civil society leaders in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Credit: Tom Saater/Oxfam

World-wide influencing: what is it?

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A changing world poses new challenges, and opens up new opportunities, for Oxfam’s work to end poverty, inequality, and injustice. Steve Price Thomas, Oxfam International’s Director of Advocacy and Campaigns explains why Oxfam has adopted a ‘world-wide influencing’ approach, as part of a series on influencing for change. Our world faces seismic shifts—is Oxfam prepared to deal with them? More …

Members of the Rakhine Women’s Union which Oxfam’s partner Tat Lan works with. Credit: Dustin Barter/Oxfam

Putting gender at the heart of national budgeting


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Having an accountable system for public spending is central to the democratic relationship between citizens and the state. What if gender inequality was taken into account in the budget process? Poe Ei Phyu and Jasmine Burnley share key findings from Oxfam in Myanmar’s research into gender responsive budgeting. A country’s budget can be the most powerful tool a government has …