Approach

Fisher folk in the river with small fishing gear on his boat during sun set. This is the area where Oxfam works to support small scale fisher folks to aware their rights and claim for it. Photo by: Kaung Htet/Oxfam

Oxfam in Myanmar has set 5 approaches to bring about the change we want to see in Myanmar. These approaches cut across Oxfam in Myanmar's thematic programmes of work.

Influencing

To achieve genuine change at scale, Oxfam and partners will use influencing to challenge unequal power relations, policies, laws, regulations and standards which reinforce poverty and inequality and entrench the underlying causes of conflict. This means strengthening the ability of people to hold decision makers to account, using evidence to advocate for change with those decision makers, working with the public and in alliances to build progressive campaigns for reducing poverty and inequality.

Partnership

Lasting change in Myanmar needs the actions and leadership of national and local organizations, particularly those working on women’s rights. Oxfam’s partners have the experience, legitimacy, and knowledge of needs and local context to inform Oxfam’s work. This means partnership is central to how Oxfam delivers on its commitments in Myanmar.

Women’s Rights

We aim to ensure that women across Myanmar are able realize their social, economic and political rights through their individual and collective engagement and leadership – including in conflict and peace-building, and with the support of men. Our approach includes both gender mainstreaming and stand alone work within each of our priorities.

Conflict and Security

Conflict sensitivity entails understanding the nature and dynamics of conflicts, and using this understanding to inform the way Oxfam, with partners, works and interacts with all actors. It involves at a minimum ensuring we ‘do no harm’ and fulfill our responsibility for the welfare and safety of the people we work for and with. This approach entails carrying out actions at different levels that address the underlying causes of conflict.

Resilience

Given the trends and conditions that undermine the resilience of people and institutions, and deepen inequality and poverty, Oxfam in Myanmar gives priority to work that reduces the impact of shocks and stresses; supports people to thrive; and leads to systemic changes.