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Citizens and states

Effective and Accountable states

The nation states play the key role in addressing poverty, inequalities, and vulnerability, and are responsible for upholding the rights of citizens and other residents.

Oxfam works with state governments to improve the quality of their relationships with poor people and marginalised communities, and empower these people to have an effective voice in influencing decisions affecting their lives.

Being a diverse region with thousands of ethnic groups and dialects, Oxfam supports state bodies to be more accountable while empowering marginalised ethinic minorities to voice their interests through community-based organisations in Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam to ensure their access to basic services and protect their economic, social, cultural and political rights.

In Afghanistan, we facilitate partners to work within the National Solidarity Programme (NSP), a development frameworks laid out by the Government of Afghanistan, to ensure that resources and assistance are channeled to the most needed villages, and to apply similar accountability mechanism at community level.

Through a global GROW campaign, Oxfam is calling for a more sustainable way to grow food, reform bad policies, and preserve scarce resources and share them fairly to ensure that everyone on the planet will have enough to eat, always. We launched the campaign in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Pakistan, PhilippinesSri Lanka and Vietnam, and hope to spread the campaign across the region.

In the countryside, women are the first to go hungry. Their capacity to survive crises is greatly undermined by the pursuit of flawed policies while their ability to contribute to solving fundamental farming sector problems is ignored.

In the Philippines, we put a spotlight on women food producers and calling for support social protection programmes to strengthen the role of women in villages and the market.

Oxfam played a key role in forming a Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods in Bangladesh, a coalition of more than 250 local, national and international development and civil society organisations aiming to ensure sustainable development through the reduction of poverty and vulnerability for the rural population.

In Indonesia, Oxfam has closely been involved in the development of an alternative legal draft for food bill initiated by a coalition of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), which will hold government accountable for ensuring food security of people in the country.

In Cambodia, we work with a telephone company to provide mobile phones to female Commune Councilors in three provinces. By using Open Messenger, an open source software that makes mass mobile text messaging easy and trackable, the women receive agricultural information on their mobile phones, which allow them to negotiate better prices and increase income.