Oxfam Policy & Practice - Rights Publicationsuuid:0afcf009-5be4-4cff-84cf-9f1451b53f7e;id=3052013-05-18T11:23:21Z8a659bf4-f576-4caf-9a05-1efee5c9e38aExploring the Links Between International Business and Poverty Reduction: Bouquets and beans from Kenya2013-05-13T00:03:52+01:00<p>Oxfam believes that companies, with the right policies and practices, can be part of sustainable and inclusive development. However, they can also get it badly wrong and can inflict substantial damage on the environment and on the rights of workers, farmers, and communities. Oxfam has developed tools, including the Poverty Footprint methodology, to assist companies in better understanding their...4d2ca427-4a47-4495-abb7-357e812961beUnderstanding Wage Issues in the Tea Industry2013-05-05T00:32:50+01:00<p>Wage levels are an issue of concern across the globe as individuals, companies and governments wrestle with how wages paid to workers relate to costs of living, corporate and national competitiveness, profitability and broader macroeconomic trends and challenges.</p>
<p>The project was co-ordinated by Oxfam and the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) at a global level, and funded by IDH (the Sustainable...84734f42-a3bd-405d-b88a-dc1f346f7b88Promises, Power, and Poverty: Corporate land deals and rural women in Africa2013-04-12T07:52:04+01:00<p>The rush to invest in farmland in Africa is having an immediate impact on women’s land-use options, on their livelihoods, on food availability and the cost of living, and, ultimately, on women’s access to land for food production. These are only the economic impacts. Women’s knowledge, socio-cultural relationship with the land, and stewardship of nature are also under threat. Too...8a9f3064-33d9-4a53-be27-9f1654a39bfbSympathetic advocates: male parliamentarians sharing responsibility for gender equality2013-03-22T01:01:42ZGender mainstreaming, as a strategy that aims to achieve gender equality across
institutions, does not work without the assistance of men. There has been a strategic
shift in emphasis over the past decade from women’s issues to those concerning gender
equality. Underpinning this shift is a change in focus from women exclusively, to one
on both men and women in working towards mutually beneficial social...47f00655-b40d-418f-af52-773928cf8df8Making Post-2015 Matter for Socially Excluded Groups in India2013-02-24T00:01:05ZWhat post-2015 goals will make a difference for those who are left behind by the country’s social development? As the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals draws nearer, the challenge of addressing inequality in the new framework is getting highlighted repeatedly. This paper examines the issue from the perspective of four groups in India that face acute poverty and social exclusion: women,...0a4ed1d6-6229-4ee7-8037-5edeead3f62dThe Right to be Heard Framework: A learning companion2013-03-03T00:06:42ZThis practical guide is designed to help practitioners in choosing how and where to build programmes that address issues of governance. It explores how to render power visible – looking at the underlying power relations within a community in order to support people’s movements to demand accountability from the state. This includes looking at gender and women’s rights; finding spaces for dialogue; looking...4e7dbaeb-f8e2-4585-abaf-9b4ffb1c98b1Ending Violence Against Women: An Oxfam guide2013-03-06T00:13:11ZViolence against women and girls (VAW) is a global epidemic: according to UN estimates, one in three women worldwide has experienced physical or sexual violence because she is a woman. Oxfam views VAW as human-rights violation and as a major obstacle to women’s and girls’ development. Through its advocacy and programmes, Oxfam envisions a safe and just world where women and girls are in control of...4e86104d-d23d-465b-ae88-05694762b146Better than the sum of our parts? Reflections on gender mainstreaming in a confederation2012-11-15T00:58:00ZThis article looks at some realities and lessons from Oxfam as a confederation of non-government organisations, working together on gender inequality. It looks at how the individual affiliates have gone about strengthening our collective contribution to transformation of gender and power relations in the different environments we work in, and reflects on learning that can be taken away. It draws on...1b188350-7f32-46bc-a406-2c393a772d1aFrom Poverty to Power, 2nd Edition: How active citizens and effective states can change the world2013-05-18T12:01:41+01:00<p>Seismic events have convulsed global markets since 2008, when From Poverty to Power was first published. World news has been full of stories reflecting a profound sense of uncertainty about global futures. In response, this new edition of From Poverty to Power has been fully revised and now includes an in-depth analysis of the human impact of the global financial and food crises. From Poverty to...85c33264-f21d-494b-a3a7-e957e14611e4Still Waiting For Change: Making the political transition work for women in Yemen2012-09-26T00:53:30+01:00Women played a key role in Yemen’s 2011 popular uprising, but almost a year on they are still waiting for change. This report draws on research from a series of focus groups with Yemeni women, and calls on the Government of Yemen and the international community to support the humanitarian response, and help ensure women play a part in the future direction of their country.a7fd7b43-e9db-49d4-be9c-d92f7ad91448The role of religion in women's campaigns for legal reform in Nigeria2013-02-23T05:49:03ZLegal reform is necessary but not sufficient to realise women's rights. This paper compares two campaigns for legal reform in Nigeria: attempts to domesticate the UN Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in federal law, which resulted in defeat of the bill in 2007, and a successful campaign to introduce legislation to prevent the mistreatment of widows...c5f26d3f-0ed3-4f57-b977-8ec864c73629Strengthening Governance Programming Through Tackling Violence Against Women and girls: Raising Her Voice in Honduras2013-02-22T00:46:59ZOne woman is killed every 18 hours in Honduras, but fewer than one in five cases are investigated. Such large-scale human rights abuses and appalling levels of impunity mean that tackling violence against women and girls (VAWG) is central to the Raising Her Voice Honduras governance programme. This paper is a snapshot of the work undertaken to challenge the social acceptance of VAWG, from grassroots...a5ba8db1-4f0b-47fb-ab09-e9300ad57839Case Study: Women’s Rights in Egypt2012-07-20T00:32:12+01:00The uprising in Egypt which began on 25 January 2011 called for freedom, dignity and social justice. It was full of potential opportunities and challenges for Egyptians who had been deprived of their political, social and economic rights. The revolution gave women a sense of freedom and empowerment, and seemed like the perfect opportunity to claim their rights. However, while many groups, including...7c4e0101-f01a-45cb-8e20-0d0ecf7e3724Introduction: development, children, and protection2013-02-23T05:47:55ZThis paper introduces the special issue. It first places the protection of children in the context of development studies. It goes on to outline current international trends in the protection of children and raises questions about them. Finally, it introduces the papers in the issue and highlights how they speak to the questions raised.664c69ad-834a-463e-9382-47f4196b4784Where Does the Money Go: Citizen participation in Turkana County, Kenya2012-06-02T00:48:54+01:00This case study is about Oxfam’s work with the Turkana people, who live in one of Kenya’s poorest counties. Kenya has a system of devolved budgets, which in theory gives local people the opportunity to become involved in local authority funding of community projects. However, initial surveys found that in fact few people knew about the budgets, and even fewer were involved. So Oxfam undertook a series...f68e0f86-4046-4f85-b922-611c8144c9b6Missing Medicines in Malawi: Campaigning against stock-outs of essential drugs2012-06-02T00:48:55+01:00Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. The government has introduced some measures to improve the health of its people, but a number of major problems remain. One of these is the lack of essential medicines in government health clinics – known as ‘stock-outs’. These medicines should be free to poor people, but most find that they have to pay. This case study – one of a series of Programme...9d4a520e-b89b-4452-b7dd-2e5e452a493aCitizens Wake Up: The Chukua Hatua (Take Action) programme in Tanzania2012-06-02T00:49:00+01:00Effective community participation in local governance in Tanzania is not an easy process. Power is centralized, and few people are prepared to speak out. That is why the Chukua Hatua (Take Action) programme is so exciting. This case study – one of a series of Programme Insights on Local Governance and Community Action – outlines pilots from the first phase of the project, tracking election promises...5bed1c55-0edc-40c8-9a08-5efe08bff2c7No Longer Sitting Quietly: Building space for community participation in Vietnam2012-06-02T00:49:01+01:00For most people in Vietnam, living conditions have steadily improved since the doi moi reforms began in 1986. But inequalities continue to widen, especially between people living in rural and urban areas, and between majority and minority ethnic groups. And local people, especially if they come from a minority group, still have little say in how their communities are run. Although in theory some national...1e97d559-eff6-401e-b3df-ce651e219be7Nothing is Impossible: The Raising Her Voice programme in Nepal2013-03-14T00:16:21ZWomen in Nepal experience discrimination in all areas of their lives. The goal of Oxfam’s Raising Her Voice programme is to ensure that public policy making reflects the interests of poor and marginalized women in the country, especially by increasing their participation and influence in community decision-making bodies that have a particular impact on their lives. This case study – one of a series...fe65c718-012b-4294-95d8-428b8718105cApprendre à Vivre: Learning about Living2012-06-21T10:09:55+01:00After the success of Learning for Living in Nigeria, our partner One World UK is implementing this program in Senegal. It offers information for young people on sexual and reproductive health rights in an innovative fashion through ICT and SMS text messaging. In the first six months already 4,000 text messages with questions were sent, well above all expectations.