Local Partnerships

Community Health Leader Binta Boukary in Dadaga Village, Ouallum Province, Niger. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam
Community Health Leader Binta Boukary in Dadaga Village, Ouallum Province, Niger. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

Oxfam Canada believes that for development to work it must be owned, driven and led by local people themselves.

Oxfam's assists local women and men in development, helping them build their own capacities and assets. Oxfam also works with local partner organizations that support processes of social change to  strengthen their capacity.

Oxfam Canada currently works with over 90 partner organizations in more than 25 countries.

Local Assets and Know-How

Oxfam Canada recognizes that a basic building block for development is to recognize and build a community's assets, without ceding its rights. By harnessing their human, social, financial and physical capital, communities are better positioned to support sustainable livelihoods and cope with life's setbacks, providing a more secure foundation for a sense of identity and meaningful engagement with the world. Oxfam Canada's role is to support community efforts to tap the full potential of their assets, including the capacities, talents and skills of individuals, associations and local institutions, and physical assets and natural resources.

Global Strength and Experience

Oxfam provides funding, training, and support to get solutions started. With our decades of development experience, we offer tested ideas of what has worked for other people in similar situations. Our position in the international community also enables us to tap into institutional and governmental players that communities may need to realize change.