Video: Barefoot College Solar Energy Womens’ Empowerment Programme

Solar energy provides electricity and reduces carbon emissions, but the Barefoot College also sees it as a catalyst to create employment, boost income and provide self-reliant solutions for village communities. For more information about the Barefoot College and its empowering solutions, visit: http://www.barefootcollege.org/solution/solar/http://www.barefootcollege.org/solution/solar/ Share this Post

Video: Systems Thinking

An introduction to systems thinking and why we need to apply it to address international development challenges – from Oxfam. Want to know more? Download our 24 page guide to systems thinking from our Oxfam Policy & Practice site: http://bit.ly/1LHchP2 Share this Post

Video: Return to Tikamgarh

Revisiting after ten years an inspiring example of popular organisation in India, as fishing communities form cooperatives and mobilize to take back their ‘ponds’. Full blog post on http://oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/tikamgarh-…   Share this resource

Grassroots women’s leadership and ‘Deepening Democracy’: the Huairou Commission’s Local to Local Dialogue replication

Grassroots women’s leadership is important if democracy is to be ‘deepened’ – that is, if representative democracies are to formally include citizen participation in more ways than simply voting in elections. One approach to deepening democracy is to encourage and support spaces – both literal and metaphorical – that enable grassroots women to organise as leaders and engage with local …

Community Protection Committees in Democratic Republic of Congo

The Community Protection Committee (CPC) programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) shows what can be achieved in promoting rights and protection in the most inauspicious circumstances. Promoting a process of non-confrontational dialogue and strengthening women’s voices within it has had tangible results in reducing abuses, improving gender equality and developing more positive relationships between citizens and those in …

Food justice and the ‘Big 10’ food and beverage companies

Over the past century, powerful food and beverage companies have enjoyed unprecedented commercial success. But these companies have grown prosperous while the millions who supply the land, labor and water needed for their products face increased hardship. Now, a rapidly changing environment, affected communities and an increasingly savvy consumer base are pushing the industry to rethink ‘business as usual’. In …

Food and beverage companies slowly start turning policy into practice

Oxfam launched its award-winning international ‘Behind the Brands’ campaign in February 2013. It ranks the biggest international food and beverage companies, the ‘Big 10’, on the strength of their policies on transparency, women, agricultural workers, farmers, land, water and climate change. The aim of the campaign is to create a race to the top, encouraging the Big 10 (Associated British …

The Raising Her Voice Pakistan Programme

Well known for its highly articulate and influential women, Pakistan is also notorious for the severe restrictions placed on women’s personal and political liberties. The Raising Her Voice (RHV) programme started working on this very complex and sensitive issue by building a country-level partnership with the Aurat Foundation (AF), which for the past 26 years has promoted women’s empowerment and …

The journey continues: Umzi Wethu training academy for vulnerable youth

This case study documents the replication of the model for the Umzi Wethu Training Academy for Vulnerable Youth from its roots in Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, to three venues in the Eastern and Western Cape. Umzi Wethu means ‘our home’ in Xhosa. Umzi Wethu offers a ‘hand up’ rather than a ‘handout’. The year-long programme …