Partnering with the bad guys

“If businesses were serious about helping to fight poverty, all they needed to do was behave responsibly” (Hilary Jeune, 2014, EU policy advisor at Oxfam International) In recent years, international development cooperation is increasingly focussed on the role of the private sector for development. But how do you engage with the private sector in such…

ONA Team brainstorms to foster innovation

Fostering Innovation: An Academy Workshop

‘What words come to mind when you think of Innovation?’ That was the opening question of the Innovation Workshop on Tuesday November 21st. A silence awaited, and ideas sparked. ‘New’, ‘efficiency’, ‘new uses’, ‘new perspective’, ‘technology’ and ‘increased productivity’ were some of the initial thoughts that came to mind amongst the Oxfam Novib Academy (ONA)…

Fundraising for NGOs 101: Types of funding for an NGO

As you might know, Oxfam Novib is a non-governmental organization (NGO). NGOs are non-profit, citizen based groups that function independently of the government, organized on local, national and international levels to serve specific social or political purposes. They rely on money from a variety of sources, including individual donors, foundations, corporations and governments. Currently, I…

Tired of #MeToo? Well, here’s more

#MeToo In October 2017, the hashtag #MeToo encouraged thousands of women to speak out about sexual harassment and abuse. Within hours, the call went viral around the world, showing once again that sexual harassment and abuse know no boundaries of geography or culture. It happens everywhere: in our everyday lives, at our workplaces, in our…

Alumni Stories: Yvette

The Fortunate Few A couple of months ago, just before the summer, my time at Oxfam Novib came to an end. Walking out of the office on my last day felt somewhat strange, as I left behind not only the projects I had invested my time and effort in on but also my colleagues that…