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.

Women informal traders
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