What’s up (or down) with global hunger?

Guest post from Oxfam Research Policy Adviser Richard King (right) Today the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is celebrating World Food Day, and is playing host to the latest Committee on World Food Security meeting. Last week, to warm things up, the FAO, World Food Programme, and International Fund for Agricultural Development launched their […]

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What can opinion polls tell us about well-being and revolution? Quite a lot, actually

I’m on a plane to Delhi today, to the big OECD conference on ‘Measuring Well-Being for Development and Policy Making’. In preparation, I dropped in on the scarily smart (in both senses) young pollsters from Gallup. Fascinating, and also vaguely relevant to today’s ‘blog action day‘, on the theme of  ‘the power of we’ – […]

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Reducing the risk of disasters; reducing inequality – what's the link?

Another day, another, errm Day. Ahead of tomorrow’s International Day for Disaster Reduction (hold the front page….), Debbie Hillier, Oxfam’s Humanitarian PolicyAdviser (right), explores the links between DRR and inequality I have never understood why disaster risk reduction (DRR) gets so little attention – from governments, donors and the aid system in general.  Be honest, […]

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Day of the Girl (and a small revolution in the birthplace of humanity)

Guest post from Carron Basu Ray, (right) who coordinates Oxfam’s ‘My Rights, My Voice’ programme The Ngorongoro area of Tanzania is regarded as the birthplace of humanity, a vast, strikingly beautiful part of the world. The Maasai pastoralists who live there are among the most marginalised people in the country and their children, especially the […]

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When we (rigorously) measure effectiveness, what do we find? Initial results from an Oxfam experiment.

Guest post from ace evaluator Dr Karl Hughes (right, in the field. Literally.) Just over a year ago now, I wrote a blog featured on FP2P – Can we demonstrate effectiveness without bankrupting our NGO and/or becoming a randomista? – about Oxfam’s attempt to up its game in understanding and demonstrating its effectiveness.  Here, I […]

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Top tips for more effective advocacy

As I whizzed round the Philippines recently, the many conversations about advocacy brought together several past conversations and hobby horses. So here, laid before an indifferent world, (and because everyone loves lists) are my 7 top (and very random) tips for how to sharpen up your advocacy work. Technical Fixes: What’s your Home Page?: Everyone in […]

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Oxfam and the Beatles; crowdmapping corruption; no more pity; rise of the megacities; telenovelas v babies; big in Bangkok; land grabs on camera: links I liked

Oxfam GB was 70 last week, and the Beatles were 50. Here’s a pic from when they combined forces in 1963. You never give me your money?  Give me money (that’s what I want)?  Money can’t buy me development love? Crowdmapping corruption through mobile phones has now spread from India (ipaidabribe.com) to Russia, Colombia and Kenya. […]

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What does Tolstoy's War and Peace teach us about Causation, Complexity and Theories of Change?

Just finished reading Tolstoy’s War and Peace, an amazing work, which quite possibly justifies the blurb’s ‘greatest novel in any language’ claim (who on earth decides these things and how?). I read it 30 years ago, but to be honest, I’m not sure I understood much of it then. Tolstoy manages to combine the enthralling […]

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Why the World Bank should declare a freeze on big land deals

‘Buy land. They’re not making it any more.’ Around the world, a lot of investors are taking Mark Twain’s advice to heart, and the resulting land rush is doing an awful lot of damage. A hard-hitting, killer fact-tastic Oxfam briefing written by my colleague Kate Geary published today summarizes the stats (as far as we […]

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How are citizens' movements getting more active in Asia? Lessons from a 10 country dialogue

Yesterday’s post discussed two of the case studies from last week’s Asia Development Dialogue on active citizenship. Today’s installment covers my more general thoughts  on the discussion, based on some final reflections I was asked to give at the end of the day. First, I felt pretty privileged to be able to eavesdrop on a conversation […]

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Building Active Citizenship and Accountability in Asia: case studies from Vietnam and India

Last week I attended a seminar in Bangkok on ‘active citizenship’ in Asia, part of an ‘Asia Development Dialogue’ organized by Oxfam, Chulalongkorn University and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. It brought together a diverse group of local mayors, human rights activists and academics, and discussed […]

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Jobs WDR out today; BRICs and pieces; UK aid fight; climate change -> US drought; grabbing Cambodia; post-2015 circus; high level panel-ology; a renewable Dr Strangelove: links I liked

The World Development Report 2013 (the World Bank’s flagship publication) is on jobs and is launched today. My backgrounder here. Please send links to any decent reviews/critiques. Some nice BRICS and pieces in the Economist this week: India is reaching peak peasant: rural v urban population to 2050 (see chart). Plus interactive graphic on India’s economic […]

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