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OXFAM is an international confederation of 17 organizations working together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty. We work directly with communities and we seek to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them.
In the Horn, East and Central Africa region, we work in ten countries – Burundi, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.Together with a wide network of communities and partners, we:
- Provide communities in some of the most remote and neglected parts of the region with clean, safe water and proper sanitation
- Help people earn a sustainable income by investing in small businesses, farmers and pastoralists
- Respond to emergencies, distributing vital life-saving aid such as shelter and blankets to people made homeless by conflict or hunger
- Lobby the powerful to address the causes of poverty – whether climate change and conflict, or unfair trade policies and corruption
- Conduct public education campaigns to help stop the spread of preventable diseases such as malaria and cholera
- Support the next generation by building schools and training teachers
- Facilitate peace-building and mediation initiatives between communities in conflict
A livelihood: People have the right to a decent living. Oxfam helps give poor entrepreneurs a helping hand, giving small loans to local businesses. We support small farmers with tools, faster-growing seeds and access to markets. We campaign for fairer trade rules and development policies at the global and national level. We don’t believe in handouts, but we do believe that everyone should get a fair chance.
Basic services: Being healthy and educated is an essential step along the route out of poverty. Yet millions of people in the region have no access to health services, schooling or safe water. They are at risk from illnesses which are easily prevented or treated. Oxfam campaigns for more and better aid, with a focus on basic services.
Be safe from harm: Conflict and disasters cause untold suffering for millions of people in this region, and keep them locked in poverty. We save lives by providing emergency aid, but we also lobby to ensure civilians are protected from violence, and to help communities rebuild and better prepare for future disasters.
Be heard: People living in poverty often have little influence over decisions that affect their lives. Oxfam supports partners and their communities to understand their rights and to speak out about their needs and concerns. And, with others, we get people in power to listen and act.
Be treated as equal: People who are marginalised – whether because they are women, disabled or members of religious or ethnic minority – are more likely to be poor. We combat such discrimination, and work with these groups to ensure they have the means to enjoy equal access to jobs, essential services and influence.
To find out more about Oxfam’s work globally you can download our latest annual report: Oxfam International Annual Report 2010-2011