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August 2015



Patterns of poverty and inequality are changing, and challenging the ways we understand development, beyond incomes and GDP. The latest issue of Gender & Development explores the interrelation between gender and different types of inequality.


We also bring you a host of special content for World Humanitarian Day looking at different aspects of our work in emergencies, and we feature eight case studies on collective action from our economic justice programmes. 

Finally, read on for even more publications and blog posts presenting new research and learning from our programmes.   


Best wishes, 


Oxfam Policy & Practice Team

Gender and inequality 

‘Gender inequality is structured into the organisation of social relations in a society as fundamentally as class in capitalist societies, race in apartheid South Africa and caste in India.’


Looking at vertical inequality through a gender lens, the latest issue of Gender & Development includes articles on the gendered nature of growing income inequality, the position of women in countries which have shown significant economic growth in recent years, and women’s experience of food insecurity, obesity, and chronic disease in Atlantic Canada.



World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day is an opportunity to reflect on our humanitarian work across the globe. Our WHD blog series includes posts on evidence mapping, the Core Humanitarian Standards, what it costs to save a life, and an engineering success in Syria. We also hear from humanitarian staff about their experiences in Sierra Leone, Nepal and Yemen.


Visit our World Humanitarian Day page to download our latest humanitarian reports and read Humanitarian Key Facts, a digest of statistics illustrating the scale and impact of recent crises.

Collective action in agriculture

In August we published a series of eight case studies from Oxfam's economic justice programmes on the themes of resilience and adaptation, markets and services, women's empowerment and policy influencing in the Middle East and Commonwealth of Independent States.


August blog posts

International Youth Day 2015

Empowering young people in Nepal

An introduction to climate change

Fit for purpose or fit for payment?

At the heart of the new humanitarian standards

What works in humanitarian response?

August publications

Transforming Lives in Zimbabwe: Rural Sustainable Energy Development Project

John Magrath

This case study contains a series of mini-reports on the renewable energy access work undertaken by Oxfam and Practical Action in the Ruti and Himalaya communal areas of Zimbabwe.

Mapping Evidence Syntheses in the Humanitarian Sector: Insights and challenges

Kristin Bushby, Roxanne Krystalli

This technical briefing provides a catalogue of existing systematic and literature reviews of humanitarian evidence syntheses.

Somali Solutions: Creating conditions for a gender-just peace

Siham Rayale, Ed Pomfret, Deborah Wright

This report looks at Somali women’s experiences with conflict, peace, violence, insecurity and state rebuilding. It uses an approach geared towards gender-just peace-building to understand the ways in which Somali women have fulfilled their role as agents of change, while navigating the challenges posed by women’s exclusion from many forms of public life. 

Beyond Good Intentions: Agricultural policy in the SADC region

Manyewu Mutamba, Menzi Dlamini, Nicholas Ngepah, Musa Simelane

Smallholder farmers, and particularly women, are on the frontline in the fight against hunger and climate change in southern Africa. This briefing note argues that policy makers in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) urgently need to move beyond rhetoric to an action-based agenda that will catalyze smallholder-led development in the region.

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