Sharing learning to achieve lasting change

Transparent and open communication about challenges, and the need to share programme learning across the sector, are priorities shared by Oxfam and grant-making organisations.

The ‘Sharing Series’ webinars provide an international platform to share challenges, solutions and key learning with funders, implementing partners and leading technical experts.

Register below to join the conversation.

From Commitments to Action

Supporting local humanitarian leadership with IKEA Foundation
23 January 2019 | Time: 14:00 – 15:00 GMT

One of the most prominent outcomes of the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 was the commitment to reinforce local systems and invest in local capacities.

Hear from IKEA Foundation and Oxfam about the innovative three-year partnership which put theory into practice, supporting local humanitarian actors to respond to disasters.

The webinar explores the need to fund local humanitarian leadership, key learning (successes & challenges), required changes in funding allocation, the risks involved and how these were mitigated.


  • Annemieke Tsike-Sossah, Head of Portfolio, IKEA Foundation
  • Petra Righetti, Global Programme Manager, Oxfam NOVIB
  • Chair: Amy Moran, Policy & Practice, Oxfam GB

WASH: Why spend a penny when there’s no ROI?

How to drive investment in water and sanitation systems for vulnerable communities where finance won’t go
27 February 2019 | Time: 14:00 – 15:00 GMT

If we’re serious about reaching SDG 6, ensuring water and sanitation (WaSH) for all, we must reach even the most marginalised communities with systems that not only keep people healthy but also stand the test of time.

Investing in sustainable WaSH solutions for fragile contexts can pose a serious challenge. Finance is available for credit worthy WaSH enterprises, but how about those that operate in the red?

The webinar will explore investing in models that provide massive social returns but fall short on financial returns; with examples of how to develop financially viable water services, learning from failure and unlikely successes.


  • Rob Mills, Director, Social Finance
  • Jessica Graf, Founder & Managing Director, Lefil Consulting
  • Mark Dwyer, Director, Enterprise 4 Impact (E4I)
  • Tom Wildman, Senior Advisor for WASH Market Development, Oxfam GB

Power in numbers

Trade-offs, challenges and learnings from measuring the impact of women’s empowerment projects
TBC 2019 | Time: 14:00 – 15:00 GMT

Empowering women and supporting gender equality are the stated aims of many development projects. However, empowerment is also deeply challenging from a measurement perspective – an abstract and contested concept boasting a range of sometimes-dry definitions.

The webinar will explore and share lessons learned from the international development and philanthropic community’s efforts to pin down this hard-to-measure concept, and ultimately show that it is having an impact on women’s lives.


  • Simone Lombardini, Impact Evaluation Lead, Oxfam GB
  • International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • World Food Programme (WFP)
  • Chair: Peter Hall, Head of Trust and Foundation Partnerships, Oxfam GB
The Sharing Series is hosted by Oxfam’s Philanthropy & Partnerships Team. We aim to build deep, long-term relationships with individuals, private sector partners, trusts and foundations, and believe passionately that by maximising our partnerships, we can achieve more effective, lasting change.