In 2010 Pakistan suffered the worst floods in the country's history. Floodwaters inundated up to one-fifth of the country and affected 20 million people, destroying 1.6 million homes and leaving over 14 million people acutely vulnerable. Along with other international agencies, Oxfam responded as best as it could to…Continue
Posted on May 30, 2014 at 8:44pm
Posted on March 23, 2013 at 10:08am
Interested in how an international NGO supports research? A couple of weeks ago Oxfam launched a series of online research guidelines, originally intended for its own staff and research partners, but now being made public for the first time. The following is a slightly edited version of a blog post I wrote to accompany the launch. The original is here:…Continue
Posted on December 7, 2012 at 11:47pm — 2 Comments
Writing last week about 'Periodic flowering and circumcision cycles', I was reminded of a trip to the slopes of Mount Elgon in July 1992, to belatedly negotiate bridewealth payments. One day we saw a group of boys singing and dancing in the open, and I was told that they were novices preparing for…Continue
Posted on May 30, 2011 at 11:40am
I joined Oxfam GB’s Policy Research Team in 2009, and take the lead in developing the capacity of staff worldwide to undertake and commission high quality research to support Oxfam’s campaigns, humanitarian responses, and development programmes. I work with a growing network of regional and national research coordinators, and am responsible for research skills training, the provision of online resources (including research guidelines), fund-raising for research, and the development of links with the wider academic and NGO research communities. In 2011 I became a member of the expert panel for the social sciences (Main Panel C) in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. Before joining Oxfam, I worked for more than 20 years as a development consultant for a variety of agencies and organisations, including the Natural Resources Institute (1994-2003) in the Overseas Development Administration and then University of Greenwich. I've also been an Affiliated Lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge (2004-10), and Research Fellow in the School of African and Asian Studies in the University of Sussex (1992-94). I trained as a social anthropologist, hold an MA and PhD from the University of Cambridge, and have lived in both Tanzania and Kenya.