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July 2015



In this month’s edition of the Oxfam Policy & Practice newsletter we look at the issue of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) for communities affected by extractive industry projects. 


We also consider the future of the humanitarian system, and explore the impact that solar energy is having in schools, clinics and farming communities in Zimbabwe.  


Finally, you’ll find our publications and blogs from July with new insights on our work around the world.


Best wishes,


Oxfam Policy & Practice Team

Community consent? 

Large-scale oil, gas and mining projects in remote areas can have adverse impacts for local communities. Are extractive companies doing enough to consult the people who inhabit these areas?


Our new policy briefing examines publicly available corporate commitments regarding community rights and community engagement. 



The future of humanitarian action

How does the humanitarian system need to change to remain effective? Two new reports published this month answer this question. The first considers the challenges that next year's World Humanitarian Summit must deliver on. The second addresses one of these challenges, setting out practical new ways to support local humanitarian action.


Solar success in Zimbabwe

In a series of blog posts published this month John Magrath looks at how solar energy is empowering communities in Zimbabwe, providing electricity for education, health care and livelihoods.

July blog posts

10 years after Make Poverty History

The disability and development gap

Our common future under climate change

Six lessons on supporting change in South Sudan

Weathering it out: climate change and farming in Asia

The law of the land

July publications

Environmental Assessment and Risk Screening for Rural Water Supply: Guidance note developed for the SWIFT Consortium

Roger Calow, Eva Lundi, Frank Greaves

This guide aims to show how organizations implementing WASH programmes, working in partnership with communities, can integrate these concerns into their activities and complement existing approaches such as Water Safety Planning (WSP)


Social Protection, Building Dignity: Improving working conditions of women workers in the berry sector of Morocco

Julie Théroux-Séguin

Results from this report show that increased collaboration and joint initiatives between workers, civil society, producers, European importers and government institutions have enabled change in the lives of thousands of women.

The Oxfam Ebola Response in Liberia and Sierra Leone: An evaluation report for the Disasters Emergency Committee

John Adams, Anne Lloyd, Carolyn Miller

This report reviews Oxfam’s response to the Ebola crisis at an organisational level and programme delivery in Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2014–2015. It is based on an evaluation commissioned by Oxfam with funding from the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), carried out in March and April 2015.

Examining Pathways Towards Engendered Change

Thies Reemer

Unpaid care work and unequal division of labour between women and men are largely invisible in development policy and programmes. This case study of a value chain development (VCD) programme in Uganda argues that it is possible to change gender norms and relations that have existed for generations, and that this improves development outcomes significantly.

Finance for Development: What’s at stake?

Government leaders, ministers and representatives gather in Addis Ababa in July 2015 for the third UN Financing for Development Conference. This briefing describes what’s at stake for the UN’s financing for development process to establish the systems and mechanisms through which the global community will finance poverty eradication and sustainable development.

Six Lessons from the Within and Without the State Programme in South Sudan

Richard Chilvers

Since 2012, Within and Without the State (WWS) has been working in South Sudan to improve the relationship between citizen and state, mainly using the ‘social contract’ model. Richard Chilvers, learning and communications officer for WWS, recently visited and identified six lessons on how to support positive change in gender equality, peacebuilding and working with the state.

A Common Sense Approach to the Right to Food

Naomi Hossain, Dolf te Lintelo, Alexandra Wanjiku Kelbert

This paper draws together original qualitative research in nine African, Asian and Latin American countries on how people talk about the right to food.


New publications from Oxfam Novib

Reports, case studies and manuals from the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP)

Prioritising WASH and community engagement in Ebola recovery 

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