Starting a dialogue with men. Loknathpur, Odisha. Photographer- Subrata Biswas for Oxfam India

The power of radio

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For World Radio Day Shivanee Harshey explains how Oxfam India was able to take their message about gender based violence to new audiences through a popular radio show. Radio is a powerful means of communicating at scale. You can make good radio, interesting radio, compelling radio even, without an urgent question or a burning issue. In the development sector our …

Oxfam staff on the phone to supporters, Feb 2017. Credit: Oxfam

We’re not testing drugs but Oxfam should randomize more

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Oxfam should expand its toolkit for understanding support for the problems we care about among the UK public, argues Franziska Mager. You might think that when it comes to research, Oxfam’s ways of working have near nothing in common with a pharmaceutical company. I argue that the one thing which our public facing teams should adopt from these companies is …

Would you care more about inequality, if you understood the scale of it?

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This podcast looks at people’s perceptions of inequality, what they care about and what they want done about it. Taken from research commissioned for Oxfam by Christopher Hoy at the Australia National University, we give an insight into how this data can be used for campaigning work. As part of Oxfam’s release of Reward Work, Not Wealth for the World Economic …

Anita with her two children in temporary shelter, Nepal September 2015. Credit: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Influencing behaviours and practices to tackle poverty and injustice

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Ruth Mayne, a senior researcher on influencing, introduces the key themes of a new discussion paper on behaviour and practice change. Behaviour change strategies can play a vital role in combating poverty, injustice and environmental problems, whether by helping end gender based violence, improving health and hygiene behaviours, or reducing resource-intensive consumption patterns. But do we really understand how to …

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What does populism mean for NGO policy and practice?

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At the start of our Evidence for Influencing conference in October, Senior Researcher Martin Walsh presented Oxfam’s research on the politics of populism and its implications for NGO policy and practice, including the use of evidence for influencing. Here he summarises and reflects on the findings of that research, published at the end of last year as an Oxfam America Research …

Findings from a meta-analysis of women’s empowerment projects

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What overall impact are Oxfam’s women’s empowerment projects having? Simone Lombardini and Kristen McCollum attempted to answer this question by conducting a meta-analysis of our effectiveness review evaluations. Here Simone shares the key findings. After over six years conducting impact evaluations of women’s empowerment projects, I am very pleased to share our lessons from a recent meta analysis. ‘Using internal …

Razida, 35, carries her ten-month old son Anisul through Unchiprang Camp in Bangladesh. Tommy Trenchard / Oxfam.

Speaking out about the Rohingya crisis

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Oxfam has interviewed Rohingya refugees about their needs, hopes and fears for the future, and published their responses in a new briefing paper. Here Ed Cairns reflects on the responsibility to speak out. More than 626,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar since 25 August, one of the fastest movements of people in history. By November, the world’s interest had largely moved …

Gender tech event logo. Credit: Oxfam

Tackling gender based violence in the digital age

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In a world where the digital landscape is rapidly changing the way we access information, the extent to which technology can help or hinder those affected by gender based violence (GBV), is by no means black or white. Kirsten Bickford reports back from Lebanon where activists met last week to discuss the gendered dimensions of our digital age. The internet, …