Blog: Humanitarian Action: From Need to Insight

ERHLA, Mark Griffiths, 23 August 2017 This note from ERHLA provokes considerations for changing humanitarian practice to be better equipped for facing complex challenges and the changing landscape of humanitarian needs. The note highlights the need to absorb and apply learnings from other fields and disciplines, including social innovation, learning …

Blog: How Change Happens (or doesn’t) in the Humanitarian System

Blog: How Change Happens (or doesn’t) in the Humanitarian System Duncan Green, February 2017  This blog reflects on the paper written by Paul Knox Clarke and proposes some gaps in the analysis and areas for further enquiry. The post appreciates Knox Clarke’s challenge to conventional models of change and the introduction …

The Importance of Champions: A Change Management Manifesto

Underscoring any approach to collaborating, learning, and adapting are the people who make it happen. For our part, where we have been able to identify and build on results-based approaches to protection, has been where an individual, organization, or set of individuals/organizations are willing and proactively seeking to implement these …

Blog Series: USAID’s Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting Framework

This blog series through USAID’s Learning Lab explores the components of USAID’s Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Framework, including: 1) organizational culture, 2) effective learning, 3) resources for CLA integration, 4) effective collaboration, 5) supportive processes, and 6) adaptive management. While the work of the Learning Lab primarily focuses on …

When protecting civilians in humanitarian crises, how do we measure success?

This article as part of the openDemocracy blog series on Evaluation and Human Rights highlights Oxfam’s protection programme in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), its engagement of Community Protection Committees to identify and address threats and measure milestones of change. This underscores the criticality of starting with the …

Community-Based Protection

Rachel Hastie, Protection Adviser, Humanitarian Department, Oxfam Great Britain and member of the Results-Based Protection Learning & Steering Group Community-based approaches to protection (CBP) have largely been developed by NGOs in complement to the often more legalistic and state-centric work of mandated protection actors. NGOs have long worked within communities …

A Call for Change

In 2013, at a high-level event, tucked away in a London-based location, heads of state, ministers, and senior leaders from around the world, met to collectively commit to end violence against women and girls in emergencies.  Through a Call to Action, mobilizing various actors to make individual commitments to address …