Field reports

Oxfam America's articles, reports, briefings, and research papers reflect hot topics in the aid effectiveness debate. They offer snapshots from the field, fresh perspectives on old subjects, and new and surprising data that help inform how we think about foreign aid.

Essential reading

Briefs about people

People using US aid effectively to bring about change in their countries and communities.

AidNow briefs


Ownership in Practice

Oxfam America's Ownership in Practice series (2010) reflects perspectives from the field on the kinds of reforms that would improve the usefulness of US foreign aid on the ground, as well as insights from policymakers in Washington as to possible policy options that would put this vision into practice.

Key report: Ownership in Practice: The key to smart development

Two-page executive summaries

In-depth reports


Smart Development in Practice

Oxfam America's Smart Development in Practice reports (2008) bring voices from several countries to the Washington aid debate. The reports provide various perspectives—from the country offices of US agencies delivering aid, US contractors, host governments, civil society organizations, beneficiaries, and other donors—on the challenges confronting US foreign aid and the reforms that could improve it.

By responding to these voices, we can embrace a new vision for US foreign aid—one that listens to and works with the countries we are trying to support, and in the process, strengthens US standing abroad as a genuine partner in development.

Key report: Smart development: Why US foreign aid demands major reform

Country field reports