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Ines Smyth

Previously the Senior Gender Adviser

Ines Smyth

Before becoming a development practitioner, Ines was a lecturer at various universities where she taught courses and carried out research, mostly on gender and development.  A concern for women's rights has been a constant in her professional and personal life. 

Before she left Oxfam GB, Ines occupied several positions, originally starting and later coming back to gender equality work. In this context she supported Oxfam GB programmes, staff and partners, in developing and implementing policies, strategies and plans through which Oxfam contributes to the realisation of women's rights.

Ines maintains links and is affiliated with various academic institutions and women's organisations.  She is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Gender and Development network in the UK, and of AWID (the Association for Women's Rights in Development).

All posts by Ines Smyth

Sunrise in Barguna Sadar, Bangladesh. Credit: Ami Vitale/Oxfam

Changes we want to see in 2014

At the dawn of 2014 time is running out for the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). How is the world doing? In the spirit of new  year optimism we asked nine Oxfam experts what...

Women at the IDDR event in Bangkok

Thai older women as village security guards? And what has it got to do with DRR?

Ines Smyth reports back on the event held to mark International Disaster Risk Reduction Day 2012. ...

Ines Smyth and Kyie Soe in Yangon

Learning to work in a consortium – an exchange between two practitioners

Senior Gender Adviser Ines Smyth is in Myanmar working on a project which aims to increase resillience to disasters. Here she discusses the realities of working in consoritum with Yangon-based...

A doctor from Oxfam partner Pact in Bogale counsels a mother whose daughter has become dehydrated. Credit: Pact/Oxfam

Helping communities prepare for disasters. Part 1: the email exchange phase

Next week, Senior Gender Adviser Ines Smyth will be in Myanmar working on a new approach to disaster preparation that focuses on capacity rather than their vulnerability. Right now she's...

Two members of a village disaster committee near Gaibandha, Bangladesh

Lazy labelling threatens effective disaster risk reduction

On the International Day for Disaster Reduction, Ines Smyth argues that a gendered approach is the best way to ensure effective DRR. ...