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Oxfam Policy & Practice News October 2015

The latest policy, research, and learning from Oxfam


Would you like to design development programmes that can adapt as conditions on the ground change? A systems thinking approach could be the answer, and we have the tools you need – a new manual and animation introducing systems thinking for programme staff. 

Our October blog posts and publications also cover a range of topical issues, including but not limited to: solidarity with Syrians; the Nepal earthquake response; UK welfare reform; working with young people, and the global impacts of El Niño.  Read on for more.

Best wishes,

Catherine Meredith
Oxfam Policy & Practice Team


Systems thinking for you

Development organizations frequently face and overcome challenges in programme delivery. But what happens when the proposed solutions fail? A systems thinking approach fosters analysis of and adaptation to changing conditions, increasing the likelihood of achieving transformational change. Our new manual and animation introduce the concept of systems thinking for Oxfam partners,  staff and the broader development community.


Rebuilding Nepal

The April 2015 earthquake devastated Nepal, affecting more than eight million people. Six months on our paper considers the successes and challenges of the response, and looks at what must be done to ensure that Nepal recovers in a way which makes it more resilient and more equitable. A  joint media brief summarizes the issues.


Solidarity with Syrians

The international community has failed to address the spiralling catastrophe in Syria. Our briefing calls for urgent and immediate action: to fully fund the aid response; to offer refuge to those who have fled; to halt the transfer of arms and ammunition; and to revive efforts to resolve the crisis.


October blog posts

News, analysis and debate for development and humanitarian professionals


The best job in the world: aid worker reflections


Lessons from our work with young people


Will welfare reform mean increased poverty?


Me, Marcel and five inspiring Moroccan women leaders


Designing programmes which are young at heart


Syria: what does it take to spark compassion?


October publications 

New research reports, policy papers and programme learning



Africa’s Smallholders Adapting to Climate Change: The need for national governments and international climate finance to support women producers

Entering Uncharted Waters: El Niño and the threat to food security

Even It Up: Scotland’s role in tackling poverty by reducing inequality at home and abroad – Oxfam’s policy priorities for the Scottish Parliament

Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015–16: Oxfam's written submission to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee, 21 September 2015



From Lessons to Practice and Impact: Scaling up pathways in peoples’ biodiversity management

Fair Shares: A civil society equity review of INDCs

Final Evaluation: Sanctuary in Wales project

Warrantage in Burkina Faso: Grain storage and access to credit
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