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 …

Investing for the Few: The IFC’s Health in Africa initiative

The Health in Africa initiative of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) is at odds with the World Bank Group’s welcome commitment to universal and equitable health coverage and to shared prosperity. This paper argues that the $1bn initiative, which promotes private sector healthcare delivery, is extremely unlikely to deliver better health outcomes for poor people. The IFC’s failure to measure …

How Oxfam is facilitating change in water and sanitation management in Tajikistan

In Tajikistan, water is a key resource in emergencies, and for irrigation and drinking water, yet its management is chaotic, which often leads to breakdowns in water supply systems. Many communities have resorted to taking drinking water directly from irrigation canals and rivers. Oxfam has been working for nearly three years with the government and key water sector players to …