Responding to Humanitarian Emergencies

Main road and houses in the IDPs' camp in Kachin. This is where Oxfam is doing humanitarian response to meet people's needs. Photo by: David Hempenstall/ Oxfam

Oxfam is providing emergency relief to over 100,000 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 the capacity of communities and local organisations to deliver emergency relief, and where there is no other way to meet humanitarian need, by delivering relief directly to affected communities. In Rakhine, Oxfam is leading a consortium delivering safe water and sanitation directly to 97,000 people displaced by conflict and living in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs).

In Kachin, Oxfam works with local partners such as the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC), to provide food and cash assistance to those displaced by conflict in the State, who are unable to access livelihood opportunities. Working through local partners in Kachin enables Oxfam to strengthen the capacity of local organisations to deliver their own emergency relief and to reach remote communities that are in non-government controlled areas that international aid agencies cannot access.

Oxfam believes that the humanitarian system needs to be more locally led. That is why Oxfam has committed to helping local actors to play an increased and more prominent role in humanitarian response through the Charter for Change. To read more about the localisation agenda see here.