The Do-No-Harm Approach: How to ensure that our work contributes to peace & not conflict

I was given the opportunity to participate in a 4-day Conflict Sensitivity training in April 2018, along with my team (Conflict & Fragility) and other Oxfam Novib staff, as well as two participants from Oxfam Pakistan and Oxfam OPTI (Occupied Palestinian Territory / Israel). There is a fine line between harming and benefiting communities: Development…

Alumni Stories: Raluca

Parents and children’s early years education Increasing amount of evidence shows that early years children nutrition, health and learning play a crucial factor for brain development and prepares them for the next schooling years. Important stakeholders in global development such as the World Bank emphasize the high returns on investments in early learning programs for…

Alumni Stories: Yvette

“I don’t like travelling” ‘I don’t like travelling’.  Slightly surprised I take another sip of my drink. I am at my friend’s house in Amman, talking to one of his colleagues. Not a statement you would expect from someone in his mid-twenties. All my friends from home proudly flush their social media accounts with pictures…

The Future of Work – Threat or Opportunity?

‘The future of work’ is a hot debated topic within academia, among governmental stakeholders and the international development community, but what is ‘the future of work’ actually? What does it entail? Well, it has something to do with the digital age, with sustainable growth, with climate change, with technical change, with robots replacing human labour,…