Community Protection Committees in Democratic Republic of Congo

The Community Protection Committee (CPC) programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) shows what can be achieved in promoting rights and protection in the most inauspicious circumstances. Promoting a process of non-confrontational dialogue and strengthening women’s voices within it has had tangible results in reducing abuses, improving gender equality and developing more positive relationships between citizens and those in …

A case study of Unilever in Indonesia

The role of big business in poverty reduction cannot be overemphasized. This study looks at one of the corporate giants in Indonesia, Unilever, and examines its business activities for their impacts on the poor who along the line link with these activities either directly or indirectly. The study suggests the extent to which the wealth created by business can reduce …

Investing for the Few: The IFC’s Health in Africa initiative

The Health in Africa initiative of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) is at odds with the World Bank Group’s welcome commitment to universal and equitable health coverage and to shared prosperity. This paper argues that the $1bn initiative, which promotes private sector healthcare delivery, is extremely unlikely to deliver better health outcomes for poor people. The IFC’s failure to measure …

The Raising Her Voice Pakistan Programme

Well known for its highly articulate and influential women, Pakistan is also notorious for the severe restrictions placed on women’s personal and political liberties. The Raising Her Voice (RHV) programme started working on this very complex and sensitive issue by building a country-level partnership with the Aurat Foundation (AF), which for the past 26 years has promoted women’s empowerment and …

The Raising Her Voice Nepal Programme

While gender inequality remains extreme in Nepal, Oxfam’s Raising Her Voice (RHV) programme on women’s empowerment is contributing to and reinforcing an ongoing long-term shift in gender norms, driven by a combination of urbanization, migration, rising levels of literacy and access to media; all of which have combined to erode women’s traditional isolation. That shift has produced some important windows …

Bridging the Gap: Building a financial services system that serves poor people in Sri Lanka

Providing financial services for poor people in Sri Lanka in partnership with financial institutions, donors, service providers, and policy-makers, Oxfam GB is helping to build democratic, inclusive financial systems in Sri Lanka that serve the majority – poor people. Oxfam’s indirect, facilitative approach aims to cultivate links between the formal financial services sector and people living in poverty. Poor farmers …

How Oxfam is facilitating change in water and sanitation management in Tajikistan

In Tajikistan, water is a key resource in emergencies, and for irrigation and drinking water, yet its management is chaotic, which often leads to breakdowns in water supply systems. Many communities have resorted to taking drinking water directly from irrigation canals and rivers. Oxfam has been working for nearly three years with the government and key water sector players to …

The Chukua Hatua Accountability Programme, Tanzania

The Chukua Hatua (CH) programme run by Oxfam GB and its implementing partners is a five-year governance and accountability initiative in Tanzania (2010–15). The goal of the CH programme is to achieve increased accountability and responsiveness of government to its citizens. The programme aims to achieve this by creating active citizenship; that is, citizens who know their rights and responsibilities, …