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May 2015

ICTs in programme

Information and communications technologies (ICTs) offer opportunities to improve the effectiveness of our work.


In a series of blog posts we look at the different ways in which ICTs are being used to enhance our programmes.


These include an innovative payment solution for disaster-affected communities in the Philippines, community surveys using mobile data capture tools, and SMS health messaging in Somalia.


The last two also feature in our recent publications about ICTs in our work in the Philippines and Somalia.

Nepal update

Oxfam staff involved in the Nepal relief effort have been reporting on the situation in the country, from the challenge of restoring access to water and sanitation to the need for public health promotion.

Are you involved in the Nepal response? View our WASH technical briefing notes and earthquake response programme learning   

Measuring our impact

The "World Citizens Panel" (WCP) was established by Oxfam Novib to measure the impact of its programmes among people living in poverty and injustice. This month we published two country evaluations: Cambodia and Somalia.

‚ÄčAnne Oudes explains the WCP approach in a post on our blog: Measuring impact: a marriage of numbers and stories

Humanitarian Evidence Programme

As part of our Humanitarian Evidence Programme, Oxfam GB and the Feinstein International Center have launched a call for proposals for evidence syntheses in the humanitarian field.


We are soliciting applications to conduct evidence syntheses on: child protection, mental health in humanitarian settings, WASH in disease outbreaks, and urban humanitarian action.


For more information, including the Terms of Reference and application template, visit our humanitarian evidence programme page.

May blog posts

South Sudan update

Engineering in the Ebola response

Violence against women in Azerbaijan

Back to school in Ebola hit countries

Finding hidden water resources in Bolivia

Is South Africa operating in a safe and just space?

May publications

Is South Africa Operating in a Safe and Just Space? Using the doughnut model to explore environmental sustainability and social justice

Megan Cole

This paper uses Oxfam’s ‘doughnut model’ to describe the multi-dimensional nature of poverty and environmental change, providing a snapshot of South Africa’s current position against the suggested set of domains and indicators.

A Fresh Analysis of the Humanitarian System in Somaliland, Puntland and South Central Somalia: Somali state agencies and local organisations’ capacities to manage humanitarian action

Fernando Almansa
This report assesses the capacity of local humanitarian actors to deliver humanitarian aid in response to the repeated crises that the country faces.

Oxfam's WE-Care Initiative: An overview

Jane Remme, Thalia Kidder, Maria Michalopoulou
This interactive PDF offers a brief overview of Oxfam's WE-Care initiative. This is a three year initiative (2014-2017) to address the heavy and unequal responsibilities for care and housework and to improve outcomes for women across Oxfam's programmes.

Evaluation of the Global Leaders Empowered to Alleviate Poverty (LEAP) Program

Glenn O'Neil, Jana Garay, Patricia Goldschmid, Laetitia Lienart, Laura Roper, George Ellis Ruano, Nirupama Sarma, Ana Paula Schaepers
Oxfam’s Global Leaders Empowered to Alleviate Poverty (LEAP) program ran for four years from 2011, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This external and independent evaluation of the first three years of the program assesses its impact and identifies strands from the project for future action.

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