The Oxfam-Monash Partnership was a 10-year collaboration bringing together one of the world’s top NGO’s with the strength of Australia’s largest University to change people’s lives for the better. As part of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, the Oxfam-Monash Partnership sought to bridge the latest research with practitioners and students in international development to help create positive change.
About this project
To find solutions to the pressing development challenges of our time, we need strong partnerships. They cannot be solved by one organisation alone. Oxfam Australia and Monash University have different missions, but we share a common purpose: to improve people’s lives. The Partnership was founded on a vision to bring about evidence-based change for some of the most vulnerable communities and intractable issues globally. For over 10 years brought together our different and complementary resources – world leading academic research and extensive development experience – to achieve greater development impact than would otherwise be possible alone.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17 – Partnership for the Goals – reflects global recognition that strong partnerships are paramount to achieve the SDGs. Through the Oxfam-Monash Partnership we have supported innovation to improve livelihoods and address poverty. The legacy of the partnership is the close and dynamic working relationship that has been forged between Oxfam and Monash, and the demonstration of the immense value arising from effective cross-sectoral engagement around shared opportunities.
Two missions, one goal
Development organisations and academic institutions both play key roles in global development and poverty reduction, and their impact can be much greater when these efforts are combined. This 10-year Impact Report focuses in two parts on what we have learned through Partnership activities: how the Partnership’s activities supported action-oriented research that made a difference in people’s lives; and the student engagement activities and headline achievements in areas including the internship program and the Oxfam-Monash Partnership Prize.
Through this project we aim to:
Thematic research areas View
Accountability: how best to improve the capacity of communities to engage in the 2030 development agenda, by shaping development goals and milestones and holding key stakeholders to account;
Climate change: how best to support communities to adapt to climate change and to build the capacity to anticipate, mitigate and respond to these changes;
Gender equality: how best to promote gender equality as a basic human right, for improving lives of women and achieving sustainable development outcomes;
Migration: how best to improve understanding of the drivers and consequences of multiple migrations, including regular, irregular and forced displacement, for influencing policy and practice.
From our annual donor impact reports to our research findings, there's a decades worth of evidence and impact for you to explore.
Annual Donor Impact Reports
Other reports and resources
10-Year Impact Report
Over 10 years Monash and Oxfam brought together complementary skills and resources — world-leading academic research, and extensive development experience — to achieve greater development impact than would otherwise be possible. The learnings and achievements are many.
Learning and Development Note: Research Partnerships in Practice
The purpose of this Learning and Development Note is to capture the discussions, lessons and reflections shared during a workshop focused on Research Partnerships in Practice, held on Wednesday 12 November 2014.
Annotated Bibliography: NGO-Academic Partnerships
This review outlines different perspectives on partnerships between NGO and academic institutions. The first section of this paper comprises publications that discuss elements of academic-NGO partnering, and the second section introduces a number of organisations that are involved in facilitating partnerships of this nature.
- ACFID University Network Case Study: The Oxfam-Monash Partnership
The Oxfam–Monash Partnership (OMP) is a formalised collaboration between Oxfam Australia and Monash University, established with a Memorandum of Understanding in 2008, and formalised by a philanthropic donation in 2010.
- Rural Sri Lankan Women in Agriculture: Participation and recognition in sustainable agriculture livelihoods across their life course (PDF, 7437 kB)
- Gender Analysis of Oxfam Savings and Loans Groups in Timor-Leste: Research Report (PDF, 6093 kB)
- Are Climate Challenges Reinforcing Child and Forced Marriage and Dowry as Adaptation Strategies in the Context of Bangladesh (PDF, 268 kB)
- Migration Displacement and Briefing Note Series I: State of Evidence, Women and Irregular Migration (PDF, 6665 kB)
- Migration Displacement and Briefing Note Series II: State of Evidence, High Harm, High Volume Migration (PDF, 6462 kB)
- Migration Displacement and Briefing Note Series III: State of Evidence, Migration: A Positive Driver for Development (PDF, 6208 kB)
- Accountability Series I: Strengthening Community Driven Accountability (PDF, 461 kB)
- Accountability Series II: Strengthening the Accountability of NGOs (PDF, 418 kB)
- Accountability Series III: Approaches to Seeking Accountability (PDF, 279 kB)
- Accountability Series IV: Issues, Consultation and People’s Participation with Respect to the Lower Sesan 2 Dam (PDF, 272 kB)
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- Facilitating Civic Engagement Through Consultation: Poster (PDF, 45 kB)
- National Health Insurance in South Africa: Get Informed and Participate (PDF, 956 kB)
- Empowering Community Voices Project: Research Studies from South Africa and Bangladesh (PDF, 1562 kB)