Daniel Morchain's Blog (7)

Deconstructing gender identities and power structures

Can working within existing structures lead to breakthroughs in gender equality? Daniel Morchain reflects on the contrast between points of view at the UN Commission on the Status of Women meetings last month.

The 62nd session of the Commission on the…


Added by Daniel Morchain on April 23, 2018 at 9:21 — No Comments

What stories does the soil tell about poverty and inequality in Mindanao?

On the island of Mindanao in the Philippines, land degradation is a major problem affecting small-scale subsistence farmers and large-scale producers alike. Daniel Morchain looks at the obstacles to sustainable land management in Mindanao, and makes recommendations for a long-term soil conservation strategy that is fair and sustainable, and which will help to address the issue of poverty on the island.  …


Added by Daniel Morchain on February 9, 2015 at 3:30 — No Comments

Digging deep in the year of soil

The health of soil has a significant impact on food security, climate change adaptation and livelihoods. As the UN has declared 2015 to be the year of soils, Daniel Morchain explains why it is vital that we raise awareness of the devastating impact soil degradation can have and the…


Added by Daniel Morchain on January 5, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments

Resilience: from conference room to conflict zone

Resilience advisor Daniel Morchain recently attended a conference on resilience in Addis Ababa and then travelled to Mindanao in the Philippines and saw some of the lessons of resilience in action. Here, fresh from the plane, he shares his…


Added by Daniel Morchain on June 6, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Resilience for all, not just the market-ready

Photo credit: Jo Villanueva

Given the devastation that the combination of weather events, climate change impacts and man-made conditions leave behind -  markets-based livelihoods practitioners are increasingly striving to find the best ways to reduce the risks that communities face, and enable these communities to prosper through more sustainable…


Added by Daniel Morchain on December 10, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

Different ways of understanding local vulnerabilities and risk

In preparation for our upcoming learning journey in Mindanao, Asian country teams are conducting vulnerability and risk assessments (VRA). Several participants have raised a flag and asked why we should conduct a VRA, when…


Added by Daniel Morchain on October 22, 2013 at 14:30 — 3 Comments

Assessing vulnerability to prioritise interventions: lessons from a South Caucasus village

Remember that classic line by Forrest Gump, "my mama always said life was like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get"? That's what I was thinking about as a group of Oxfam staff members met with community representatives and regional experts in the village of Aknaghbyur (population: 550) in the northeast of Armenia to try to assess the…


Added by Daniel Morchain on May 1, 2013 at 16:30 — No Comments


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