Oxfam's Women's Economic Empowerment in Agriculture Knowledge Hub facilitates a global network of Oxfam staff, partners and wider development practitioners at country, regional and global levels working on women's rights and economic empowerment, particularly in the area of smallholder agriculture.
Promote networking and peer-to-peer collaboration
We connect staff and partners through regular calls, webinars and online discussions. We hold an annual learning event and support other face-to-face learning meetings organized by regional Communities of Practice or thematic groups. We manage the wee.oxfam.org online platform to disseminate learning and share experiences within Oxfam and the wider development sector. Finally, the hub organizes annual WEE Leadership Awards to recognize staff and partners who have shown exceptional
championship of WEE.
Support learning and innovation
At the hub launch in November 2015, participants agreed some priority learning themes and established working groups to advance learning until March 2017. The themes are: Influencing systems; Gender and resilience; Enterprises and access to finance; Private sector agricultural investment; Changing social norms at scale; WEE in urban contexts (Asia); and WEE and youth development (Southern Africa).
Promote good practice and access to resources
The hub curates and disseminates accessible tools and learning resources, and supports documentation and sharing of good practice. As part of this, we are in the process of developing a Conceptual Framework on WEE in Agriculture to help Oxfam deliver more consistent and impactful work. The framework clarifies concepts, agrees on principles for quality programming, and describes Oxfam's main programmes and approaches. We aim to partner with other networks, such as UN Women's Knowledge Gateway on WEE, to link Oxfam staff and partners to
new ideas and opportunities to learn from and with others.
Support influencing and fundraising
The hub will guide Oxfam's long-term influencing on WEE, and compile and share evidence tailored to different audiences. The hub is supporting Oxfam's engagement with the UN High Level Panel on WEE (of which Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, is part). We are also working closely with Oxfam's National Influencing Team to build the capacity of staff at national level. The hub will help to link global and local campaigns to relevant resources, learning or country teams. It will support fundraising by making evidence from Oxfam's programming
accessible, and via the online platform, will act as an institutional memory for WEE in Oxfam.