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18 JUN 2013

New Oxfam plan to tackle global poverty based on ‘people power’

Under the title ‘The Power of People against Poverty’, Oxfam has adopted a new strategic plan that shifts the focus of its work on to the empowerment of people to shape their own future free from poverty.

The plan, released today by the Executive Director of Oxfam International, Winnie Byanyima, sets priorities and guides Oxfam’s work across more than 94 countries, delivered by its 17 members who will together be spending around €1 billion (about HK$10 billion) a year in the period 2013-2019. The plan is based on supporting people to exercise their own rights, and especially the leadership of women, in order to enhance justice and wellbeing.

Oxfam believes its plan can build upon the fantastic global achievements made over the past 20 years in health, life expectancy and income, and help to enhance people’s abilities to respond to new threats and shocks.

The plan sets out six inter-related goals that begin with reinforcing people’s right to be heard – or 'voices for choices’ – and women’s rights. These underpin the other four goals: saving lives in humanitarian disasters and preparing for crisis; sustainable food for all; fair sharing of natural resources; and ensuring sufficient financing for basic human needs.

The analysis behind the plan is explained in a blog by Winnie Byanyima. She says that Oxfam is changing because the world is changing. Great strides made in human development are under threat from climate change, worsening inequality, continued oppression of girls and women and new conflicts. She said that the worst outcomes of these “need not be inevitable”.

She says that a fresh vision of human development is needed in order to realise the world’s undoubted potential to beat global poverty and hunger for good. Oxfam will gear all its work to help shift power into poor people’s hands.

“Our approach is to link our work from the local to global levels in order to reinforce the empowerment of people to make the case for broad policy change. In this way, we’re tackling the
structural and political causes of poverty as well as the symptoms of it,” Ms Byanyima said.

Oxfam has released the plan along with a short video – produced by London-based production company blueprintTV – featuring an Oxfam “Rubik’s Cube”. The cube implies that global poverty and hunger involve complex causes, but that a solution is possible.

• Click here to view the Oxfam “Rubik’s Cube” video:
• Click here to view the blog by Winnie Byanyima:


About Oxfam
Oxfam is dedicated to fighting poverty and inequity worldwide. The international and independent development and humanitarian organisation tackles poverty in four main ways: sustainable development in poor communities, disaster relief, local, national and global advocacy, and education with Hong Kong youth. Established in Hong Kong in 1976, Oxfam Hong Kong is a founding member of Oxfam, an international confederation that has assisted poor people in 94 countries. Oxfam Hong Kong alone has supported poor people in over 70 countries/regions.

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