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Refugee project hit by foreign aid cuts

by Opportunity International

The difficult life of a refugee living in Uganda just got harder. Covid-19 created a poverty crisis for refugees that will take longer to overcome than the health crisis threatened by the pandemic. It exacerbated all the challenges that refugees already face: fewer children will return to school, business instability will increase, and with the UK Government recently announcing cuts to their Aid Budget the challenge of social and economic inclusion for refugees is growing. Our innovative programme…

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Including people with limited literacy in digital financial services

by Opportunity International

Opportunity International recently hosted the first in a series of roundtable events. We brought together user experience experts from technology companies and business and venture capitalists, for different perspectives on digital financial inclusion. With an estimated 2 out of 3 Opportunity clients having challenges with literacy, this roundtable comes at a key moment. As our services and outreach become increasingly digital, we want to tap into attendees’ breadth and depth of experience to gain…

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Why do people donate to charity?

by Opportunity International

What compels us to give our time and money away? Is it because we’re nice people, or we’re trying to be better people? Is it because we’re grateful for what we have and want to share it? Or is it faith or values that motivate our giving? There are a number of reasons why we give, and whatever your reason is for supporting us or even just reading this, we are grateful. Without the generous donations of Opportunity International UK’s supporters, we wouldn’t be able to achieve the impact we…

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50 Years of Opportunities

by Opportunity International

This year we celebrate 50 years of Opportunity International Since 1971, Opportunity International has served more than 19 million hard-working families in over 20 countries around the world. This video will take you on a tour of Opportunity’s journey from 1971 to 2021. The historical highlights are a reminder of our resilient clients and their inspiring entrepreneurial innovation. As well as of our generous supporters who have made these achievements possible.  Watch and enjoy the celebration…

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Celebrating our Impact in 2020

by Opportunity International

2020 was difficult, but it also gave us a lot to celebrate. In a year of many challenges we were still able to continue supporting our resilient clients thanks to our wonderful supporters. Our programmes have helped farmers in Uganda create sustainable livelihoods, provided jobs for young people across Africa and introduced thousands of refugees to digital financial services. Read about the impact of Opportunity International in 2020 in our update and annual summary publications here.  Benefiting…

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‘Gender is not about equality but equity’

by Sam Bickersteth, CEO

Challenging gender stereotypes at a global, national and individual level For 50 years Opportunity International has been championing the role of women in poverty alleviation and we continue to challenge bias and stereotypes, as highlighted by International Women’s Day 2021’s call to challenge. The majority of the 1.7 billion unbanked* adults in the world are women. Our work empowers women with financial education, training and digital financial services. We know that when we invest in a woman's…

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Challenging Inequality - International Women's Day

by Emily Wilson, Communications Officer

We don’t need any excuse to lift up women. Opportunity International empowers and respects women in every programme we design, donation we receive and plan we make. This years' theme for International Women’s Day #ChooseToChallenge inequality aligns with everything we stand for. It’s the perfect time to celebrate the women who are already forging an inclusive world. Introducing Agnes, Janet and Irene, nominated by our staff, for challenging gender bias and everyday stereotypes... Noah, our…

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Remapping Change: Where do we go from here?

by Nicole Baldev, Philanthropy Assistant

This month (and to our delight!), Opportunity International UK was selected as the partner charity for Oxford Forum for International Development's annual conference - one of the largest student-led development conferences in Europe. Since 2008, OxFID has facilitated conversation and collaboration between students, researchers and professionals in the international development sector. The conference inspires engagement across a number of disciplines and fosters important dialogue to address major…

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Stories from the Nakivale Refugee Settlement: The Wenzetu Group

by Mandy Burrows, Senior Programme Manager

In March 2020 I had the opportunity to visit Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda for some participatory video fieldwork with Insight share (an expert in using media tools to give people a voice in participating with community projects). This put refugees behind the camera to film stories as told by refugees themselves. In total, eight groups were filmed over a four-day period – each group providing powerful insights into life in Nakivale.One of the groups which participated was the Wenzetu Group.…

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Stories from the Nakivale Refugee Settlement: Going behind the Camera

by Mandy Burrows, Senior Programme Manager

In March 2020, as part of our Refugee project, we conducted our first participatory video fieldwork.  In partnership with InsightShare – an expert in using media tools to give people a voice in participating with community projects - we worked closely with refugees and our partners to train them in using participatory videos as a powerful way for them to share their stories and insights that will help us to best meet the real needs of those we serve.   Refugees went behind the camera to capture…

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