Innovation

Our aim is to continuously improve our approach and methodologies, look for innovative ways to engage citizens in measuring the impact of our work, and to make sure that the results are fed back to citizens and contribute to improving our programmes.

1. Datalab

The Datalab project is about creating data-driven services within the international Oxfam network. We challenge ourselves to treat data differently. We no longer just collect and use data with the aim to improve Oxfam programmes and that of partner organisations. Instead we use and provide this data in such a way that it directly benefits citizens and contributes to their social and economic development. In other words, citizens are no longer primarily the source of the collected information but now become also the receivers and users of data and services.

We started with developing and testing 3 prototypes  of new data-driven services together with Oxfam in Vietnam, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The first services we are developing support citizens with household cash-flow management, disaster-risk management and advanced seed selection within the context of climate change. We strive to connect own data with external data sources.

Datalab has developed a set of methods and instruments for prototyping in a short, focused period. In 2017, we built the first prototypes with experts, partners and local stakeholders.

We are building a network of local IT developers in the countries we work and connecting them to (Dutch) partners, data experts and developers to grow a local and worldwide network of creative people inspired to use innovative technical data solutions for development.

For more information, visit: https://www.oxfamnovib.nl/donors-partners/about-oxfam/projects-and-programs/oxfam-novib-datalab

2. Impact of small and medium enterprises

Impact investment is a current buzzword, used by many financial actors active in developing countries. Oxfam Novib offers a comprehensive system to cost-efficiently measure output, outcome and also impact in the wider community. This will enable companies to prove and improve their impact in society, especially in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals. It will also enable Oxfam to improve and sharpen its thought leadership on impact investing.

Through interaction with membership organisations, forums, blogs and conferences, our aim is to take a leading position on what is considered impact investing compared to mainstream and responsible investing, and clarify the actual impact investment market and potential. 

Companies are selected for the SME development programme. These companies plan to have a direct, proactive, positive social and/or environmental impact on their wider communities. The companies are supported to become investment ready, in addition to being able to manage, maximise and measure the impact that they envisioned.

We are currently involved in a pilot with Sinzer to develop a tool for measuring the social impact of an impact investment firm (Triple I), that invests in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with the aim to have a substantial impact on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The pilot focuses on SDG 1 No Poverty and SDG 5 Gender Equality.

 

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