From Poverty to Power: Are Grey Panthers the next big thing in campaigning?

“It’s probably a sign of my advancing years, but I’ve been wondering whether NGOs are missing a trick by endlessly targeting young people to become their activists. Sure, they’re the leaders of tomorrow, but what about us wrinklies? This all came to a head when I went out for a beer with a friend of mine who recently turned 60. …

From Poverty to Power: Building Active Citizenship and Accountability in Asia: case studies from Vietnam and India

“…A seminar in Bangkok on ‘active citizenship’ in Asia, part of an ‘Asia Development Dialogue’ organized by Oxfam, Chulalongkornlogo-asia-development-dialogue University and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and supported by the Rockefeller Foundation…brought together a diverse group of local mayors, human rights activists and academics, and discussed a series of case studies. Two in particular caught my eye…” …

Wisdom from Everyday Development: A collection of vignettes from South Africa

This collection of stories of change brings together various short vignettes from community based organizations in South Africa under five key themes from programme work in country. The key areas of focus of these stories are: food security and livelihoods; active citizenship; gender and vulnerability; embracing community complexity; and partnerships. These are all crucial areas in the way Oxfam Australia …

Video: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law

“Who makes our most fundamental laws? Many would answer the Supreme Court, but award-winning legal scholar David Cole disagrees. Join Cole as he sheds light on a vital, yet often overlooked, driver of constitutional change: ordinary citizens. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.” Share this Post

Advocating for Gulf Coast Restoration in the Wake of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Oxfam America’s domestic programme was already active in the Gulf Coast states when the 2010 BP oil spill occurred. Building on its community links, backed by clever use of national advocacy, the programme was able to take advantage of a ‘shock as opportunity’, helping ensure that the subsequent wave of compensation and other support benefited local people and communities – …

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 …