Oxfam Canada believes that for development to work it must be owned, driven and led by local women and men themselves. Oxfam's role is to assist women and men in their own development, helping them build on their capacities and assets. We also have a role in strengthening organizations that represent social sectors or support processes of social change. For that reason, only in exceptional circumstances does Oxfam Canada play an operational role and then with a clear commitment to build local capacity to take the work forward. We work with over 100 partner organizations in more than 25 countries.
Oxfam's work with local partners brings together:
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.
'Puntos de Encuentro, one of Oxfam's local partner organizations, serves the Women's Movement in Nicaraugua. Aymara Pineda describes how the organization, with support from Oxfam, works for gender justice.