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 …

Laila*, 18 carries her son Abul* 18 months and daughter Jida, 2* to the shore in Teknaf, Bangladesh (names have been changed). Credit: Tommy Trenchard / Oxfam

Questioning the use of biometric technology in humanitarian response

Anna Kondakhchyan Humanitarian, ICT4D, Protection, Refugees and IDPs Leave a Comment

Anna Kondakhchyan shares the findings of new research, Biometrics in the Humanitarian Sector, which looks into the benefits and risks of using biometric technology to register people to receive humanitarian aid. How would you feel if refusal to submit your biometric data meant you were excluded from the provision of humanitarian assistance? Biometrics, the measurement of human characteristics through technology such …

Follow the money: Calculating net aid flows

Marc Cohen Aid, Methodology Leave a Comment

What percentage of aid reaches the intended recipient country? Our methodology tool can be used to calculate this, but more aid data transparency is needed. Aid data transparency just got a major boost from the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Its new policy document, ‘Open aid, open societies: A vision for a transparent world’ reaffirms the agency’s requirement that …

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

The power of radio

Shivanee Harshey Gender, ICT4D Leave a Comment

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 …

Harbiya Amin holds a red rose cash card which can be used to purchase food items. Iraq, 2017. Credit: Amy Christian/Oxfam

How many identities does a person need to receive aid?

Ric Tighe ICT4D Leave a Comment

By working together to share data with other NGOs we can be more effective at getting aid to those who need it, and provide greater data privacy and security for individuals.  Just as our digital identities are changing so are those of crisis-affected people the world over. Many of us increasingly use facial recognition or finger print scanners to unlock …

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

We’re not testing drugs but Oxfam should randomize more

Franziska Mager Inequality, Research Leave a Comment

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?

Christopher Hoy Inequality, Methodology Leave a Comment

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 …