Program areas at Oxfam-America
Saving lives - emergency response and preparedness: oxfam works hand in hand with local partners to help people around the world prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. In sudan, oxfam reached 200,000 people affected by conflict and natural disasters providing safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene, and training local leaders to maintain and operate water pumps and facilities for long-term sustainability. In el salvador and the philippines, oxfam partners create community disaster risk reduction committees to help people coordinate with local governments, protect their assets, and build up alternative livelihoods to be more resilient to extreme weather events that regularly affect those areas. In puerto rico, oxfam continued to focus on recovery following hurricane maria, partnering with local organizations to repair water systems and improving safety for women and girls by providing thousands of solar lights for households without power.
Programs to overcome poverty and injustice: oxfam aims to transform gender power relations and norms around the world so that people of all genders are treated equally, have the same opportunities to succeed, and are able to live free from violence. In el salvador, where gender-based violence is widespread and one of the main reasons many women are fleeing to the united states, oxfam's partners work to raise awareness, train women and girls to protect and advocate for their rights, and involve men and boys in conversations about preventing violence. Oxfam also continues to push the extractive industries sector toward greater social accountability through research on the role of petroleum cost auditing for fair taxation, human rights impact assessments, and on the importance of including women in decision-making processes.
Campaigning for social justice: oxfam campaigns for fair policies and practices that address the needs and rights of the most vulnerable people around the globe. In the peruvian amazon, indigenous communities are being devastated by oil spills and heavy metal contamination from mining. Oxfam helps local organizations advocate for their rights, and last year the peruvian government agreed to facilitate a consultation process with indigenous communities, and to allocate $6m for health care in the affected area. In the us, the "decent work" campaign advocates for the right to a living wage and dignity at work for all, especially women, immigrants, and other marginalized people. Oxfam called attention to workplace inequalities through the 'best states to work index' map and report, which calls out how well individual state policies serve to keep working families out of poverty. Oxfam also advocated against cuts to the foreign aid budget and for increased funding for gender-based violence and refugee protection.