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About Oxfam India

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Oxfam is marking its 6Oxfam India1st year in India this year.  Oxfam India, a fully independent Indian organization (with Indian staff and an Indian Board) is a member of a global confederation of 17 Oxfams.

The Oxfams are rights-based organizations that fight poverty and injustice by linking grassroots programming (through partner NGOs) to local, national and global advocacy and policy-making. All of Oxfam’s work is framed by our commitment to five broad rights-based aims: the right to a sustainable livelihood, the right to basic social services, the right to life and security, the right to be heard and the right to equality: gender and diversity.

Oxfam India’s vision is to create a more equal, just, and sustainable world. The overarching vision of Oxfam India is “right to life with dignity for all‘‘. Oxfam India will fulfill its vision by empowering the poor and marginalized to demand their rights, engaging the non poor to become active and supportive citizens, advocating for an effective and accountable state and making markets work for poor and marginalized people.

Oxfam India works in partnership with 200 grassroots NGOs to address root causes of absolute poverty and inequality in the four areas of 1) Economic Justice, 2) Essential Services, 3) Gender Justice and 4), Humanitarian Response and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). Oxfam India’s program is focused  on seven  States – Assam, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand – and four social groups – Dalits, tribals, Muslims, and women.

Oxfam Udaipur Operation

What We Do

Oxfam India works to address root causes of absolute poverty and inequality. We see poverty as a problem of power, rather powerlessness, in which people are deprived of opportunities, choices, resources, essential services, knowledge and protection. In this sense, poverty is something more than mere lack of income, health and education. It is also people’s frustration about any control in deciding the destiny of their lives, their exclusion from decision-making. While the Universal Declaration of Human rights is the guiding framework under which Oxfam India functions, it also derives its mandate from the constitutional rights promised to every citizen of the country.

Persistent poverty and inequality is not just a violation of basic human rights of the people but it also undermines economic growth of a nation by wasting talents and human resources. It leads to a skewed society where power and decision-making remains in the hands of the few leading to greater conflicts and undermining of social cohesion in the end.

Oxfam seeks to address this through a Rights Based Approach where people are seen as the bearers of civil, political and social and economic rights. At the same time, institutions – both state and non-state institutions — are seen as duty bearers to guarantee and provide those rights to the people. It is also important to underline that without augmenting people’s ability to exercise them, the rights would be meaningless.

Hence we work to bring change in people’s lives by aiming for wider structural changes that include:

  • Greater state and institutional accountability;
  • Effective participation of people and civil society organizations in decisions affecting their lives through articulation of their demands and rights and public and private institutions meet their responsibilities;
  • Increased power and influence of poor and marginalized people over distribution and use of public resources and assets;
  • Increased social inclusion of the poor and most marginalized; changes in ideas and beliefs to inform equitable development strategies.

All of Oxfam’s work is framed by our commitment to five broad rights-based aims:

  • The right to a sustainable livelihood,
  • The right to basic social services,
  • The right to life and security,
  • The right to be heard and the right to an identity.

Oxfam India focuses on four change goals:

Economic Justice – More women and men will realize their right to secure and sustainable livelihoods.

Gender Justice – Many more women will gain power over their lives and live free from violence through changes in attitudes, ideas and beliefs about gender relations, and through increased level of women’s active engagement and critical leadership in institutions, decision-making and change processes.

Essential Services – People living in poverty especially women and girls will realize their rights to accessible and affordable health, education, water and sanitation.

Humanitarian Response and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) – All women and men in humanitarian cries will be assured both the protection and the assistance they require, regardless of who or where they are or how they are affected, in a manner consistent with their human rights.

(Courtsy: Oxfamindia.org)

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Oxfam India, Udaipur Operation:

Feel free to contact us:

Mr. Parvej alam: +91 8890264175

Ms Harshit Agrawal: 02942430865

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