What we do

Fisher woman in Ayeyarwaddy region with big lobsters to sell in the market. This is the area where we implement fisherry governance in partnership with local organisation. Photo by: Kaung Htet/ Oxfam

Oxfam has a vision where people are empowered to claim their rights, challenge unequal power, pursue development opportunities which address all forms of poverty, injustice and inequality, and through their collective power, influence political reforms and economic development so that they benefit the majority.

Under Oxfam’s Theory of Change – how we see change happening – Oxfam’s role is: to enable transformational change, as a convenor and catalyst; opening political space, building capacity and sharing technical expertise, raising funds and public support, leveraging our own resources to multiply funds, providing strategic funding to partners and carrying out humanitarian work that integrates life-saving response with building resilience. Our approach is to be both practical and visionary.

To influence policy and practices to create the conditions for reversing economic, gender and social inequalities, we work in partnership with national and local civil society organsations, government and authorities, private sector, academia and policy institutions. 

 

Man fisher folk is throwing the fishing net into the river and his wife is rowing the boat in Ayeyarwaddy region. Photo by: Kaung Htet/ Oxfam
Land and water rights are central to the lives of people in Myanmar. For many people land is a critical asset yet people in Myanmar have little access to land rights. Oxfam is working with local and national actors to help protect communities' land and water rights...
Round-tabled discussion on the findings of the research in garment industry and recommendations for Government and Private Sectors. Photo by: Yee Mon Oo/ Oxfam
The private sector has an ever increasing importance in the lives of Myanmar people, but not all private sector investment looks set to benefit the people of Myanmar. Oxfam and local partners are working to prepare communities for the challenges and opportunities that will come with investments...
Audience at the Music concert on International Women's Day listening to the songs promoting women's leadership. Photo by: Pyae Aye Nyein/ Oxfam
On paper, women in Myanmar are equal to men, but in reality they face real discrimination. Less than ten percent of seats in parliament are held by women and research by Oxfam shows that women encounter enormous barriers to taking on leadership roles. Oxfam works hard to ensure that the promotion...
States have a responsibility to the public to be accountable, transparent and deliver core services. This means that deepening accountability of decision makers is key for democracy. Oxfam and local partners are working in Ayeyarwaddy, Kachin, Kayah and Rakhine to support communities to understand...
Providing Awareness on how to use mud mater filter for drinking water. Photo by: Oxfam in Myanmar
Oxfam is providing emergency relief to over 150,000 people affected by conflict or the impact of disasters across Myanmar. Oxfam works with Government and non-governmental organisations to provide humanitarian assistance by building capacity of communities and local organisations to deliver...
Community meeting for the Disaster Risk Preparation in Delta. Photo by: Oxfam
Myanmar is one of the most disaster risk prone countries in the world. Each year, people in Myanmar continue to be at risk of cyclones and flooding as well as droughts in the central Dry Zone of the country. Building people’s resilience is core to reducing the impact of disasters when they...
Bauk Nu Aung, a young girl who is living in Kachin IDPs camp. She is a volunteer who is doing civic education as part of Oxfam's programme. Photo by: Dustin Barter/ Oxfam
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...