Peace and Development

Inclusive, sustainable peace is essential if people are to live free from fear of multiple and protracted ethnic conflicts. Whilst support for a peace process is vital at local, national and international levels, communities must also be better equipped to make the most of development opportunities and advocate for their needs and rights to Government and non-Government authorities.

In Kachin, Oxfam is working in a consortium of international aid agencies and local organisations to support communities on achieving peace and lasting, sustainable development. Through an integrated approach which recognises the diverse needs of conflict-affected communities, the programme uses activities such as peace dialogues, education, creation of livelihoods opportunities and raising the voice of women to support communities to be agents of change in the development of durable peace and equitable growth in Kachin.

We have just finished a review of Oxfam’s work in Myanmar’s central Dry Zone . This was designed some 6 years ago – a lifetime in Myanmar, back when the country was far more closed, and we were trying to disguise governance work as a resilient livelihoods project. Our intentions...
"I can’t trust anything, as I’m not sure yet if we might have to move to another place and for what reason. We are also losing hope for the education and future of our children." (Photo by Dustin Barter/Oxfam)
“This time, movement worsened the health and food security situation of sick people, elders, pregnant women and children as this happened during the winter season – the area is very cold and most of us couldn’t bring enough clothes and blankets. Life for us is terrible. I am very...
Photo by Dustin Barber
Social accountability, what does it mean? And does it mean something different when people are in the middle of a civil war? Is Social Accountability a set of static tools that sound good on paper but aren’t really associated with delivering social and political change?...
Eighteen-year-old peace and civic education graduate Bawk Nu Aung.(Photo by Dustin Barber)
“I want to get involved in politics because of the situation living in camps. It is a critical political issue. After the training with Naushawng Education Network (NSEN), I learnt from the course that politics is in everything – the conflict is related to politics. If I am involved in politics and...
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