Responding to Humanitarian Emergencies

A local family doing a business in Kachin state

Oxfam provides life-saving assistance to people affected by conflict and disasters across Myanmar. At the core of these efforts, Oxfam is focused on building the capacity of communities and local organizations to deliver emergency relief in rapid and accountable ways. One initiative, the Emergency Response Mechanism, enables Oxfam to work with local  partners to respond within 24 hours to the needs of newly displaced communities in conflict affected areas of Kachin and norther Shan, for instance. Oxfam also works with partners like the Kachin Baptist Convention to deliver food and cash assistance to those displaced by conflict over the longer term who are unable to access livelihood opportunities.

Where there is no other way to meet humanitarian need, Oxfam will also directly deliver emergency assistance to affected communities. In Rakhine, Oxfam is leading a consortium delivering safe water and sanitation to 100,000 people displaced confined to camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs). These efforts are grounded in strong community ownership and accountability, with IDPs themselves supported to make basic repairs and eventually take over ownership of latrines and waterpoints.  

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.