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Sharing series

Transparent open communication about challenges, and the need to share programme learning across the sector, are priorities shared by both Oxfam and grant-making organisations.

The 'Sharing Series' webinars provide an International platform to share the challenges, solutions and key learnings with funders, implementing partners and leading technical experts. Register below to join the conversation.

From Commitments to Action

Supporting local humanitarian leadership with IKEA Foundation
23 January 2019 | Time: 14:00 - 15:00 GMT

One of the most prominent outcomes of the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 was the commitment to reinforce local systems and invest in local capacities. Hear from IKEA Foundation and Oxfam about the innovative three-year partnership which put theory into practice, supporting local humanitarian actors respond to disasters. The webinar will explore the need to fund Local Humanitarian Leadership, key learnings (successes & challenges), changes in funding allocation, the risks involved and how these were mitigated.


  • Annemieke Tsike-Sossah, Head of Portfolio, IKEA Foundation
  • Petra Righetti, Global Programme Manager, Oxfam NOVIB
  • Chair: Peter Hall, Head of Trust and Foundation Partnerships, Oxfam GB
Register for 'From commitments to action' 

Power in numbers

Trade-offs, challenges and learnings from measuring the impact of women's empowerment projects
TBC February 2019 | Time: 13:00 - 14:00 GMT

Empowering women and supporting gender equality are the stated aims of many development projects. However, empowerment is also deeply challenging from a measurement perspective - an abstract and contested concept boasting a range of sometimes-dry definitions. This webinar will explore and share lessons learned from the international development and philanthropic community's efforts to pin down this hard-to-measure concept, and ultimately show that their work is having an impact on women's lives.


  • Simone Lombardini, Impact Evaluation Lead, Oxfam GB
  • International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • World Food Programme (WFP)
  • International Foundation (TBD)
  • Chair: Peter Hall, Head of Trust and Foundation Partnerships, Oxfam GB
Register for 'Power in numbers' 

WASH: Where to spend a penny when there's no ROI

How to drive investment in water and sanitation systems that don't provide a financial return on investment.
TBC Feb 2019 | Time: 13:00 - 14:00 GMT

There is finance available for credit worthy water and sanitation enterprises, but how about those that operate in the red? Should market based approach even be considered in rural, vulnerable or fragile contexts?

The webinar will discuss the significant challenges and hard realities of this approach; and the power of finance as a tool of inclusion. Contributors will explore examples of how to develop financially viable water services, learning from failure and unlikely successes.


  • Rob Mills, Director, Social Finance
  • Jessica Graf, Founder & Managing Director, Lefil Consulting
  • Tom Wildman, Lead on Sustainable Market Development for WASH, Oxfam GB
  • Chair: TBC
WASH: Where to spend a penny when there's no ROI 

The Sharing Series is hosted by Oxfam Philanthropy & Partnerships Team. We aim to build deep, long-term relationships with individuals, trusts and foundations and believe passionately that, by maximising our partnerships, we can achieve more effective, lasting change.