Vision, Values and commitments

Teddy Aciro,her daughter and her mother were all trained by Oxfam in using the GALS methodology for gender justice- three empowered  generations. photo credit: Oxfam

Oxfam vision

A Uganda free of extreme inequality and Injustice: A society where citizens (and particularly) across all age groups claim and exercise their rights and responsibilities and are able to influence decisions that affect their lives.

Oxfam Values

As we strive to achieve lasting solutions to poverty, we will lead by example in demonstrating the same values that we wish to see in the people we work with and those we aim to influence.

Empowerment: Our approach means that everyone involved with Oxfam, from our staff and supporters to people living in poverty should feel they can make change happen.

Accountability: We take full responsibility for our actions and commit ourselves to the highest standards of integrity. We will also hold others—individuals as well as companies and governments—fully accountable for their actions.

Inclusiveness:  We seek out partnership and embrace inclusive decision-making. We believe everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences.

Oxfam's commitments 

Women’s leadership. We facilitate an enabling environment for women leaders. When needed, we support women with the right information (and skills) to empower and encourage them to meaningfully participate in decision making processes and take up leadership roles at different levels from community to national and even global spaces.

Participatory methodologies. We scale up participatory and inclusive methodologies  to give power to people to take charge of their lives.

Citizens platforms. We strengthen spaces for citizen engagement to provide a platform for communities to engage with their leaders and demand accountability.

ICT based Innovations. We work with ICT-based innovation, especially for youth, to promote entrepreneurship, market access, strengthened value chains, and improved access to knowledge and information.

Alliance building. We build and strengthen alliances and networks that can work together towards change.

Advocacy and Campaigns. We commit to a role as convener by working on influencing authorities and the powerful, and less on delivering services for which duty-bearers should be held responsible. Where we deliver services, it is to demonstrate models that work and to empower communities to demand services and accountability from duty bearers.

Research and influencing. We carry out strategic research in thematic areas, and we publish and widely share the reports with the public. We take advantage of Oxfam’s partner alliances as well as Oxfam’s regional and global structures and networks to influence policies.

Capacity Strengthening. We empower partners, staff and target groups so that they own and lead processes of change. We believe transformative change requires not only knowledge and organisation, but the creation of opportunities for such change.

Building on regional/International links. We are part of a global movement for change. Our program links to the region and beyond to maximise opportunities for multi-country knowledge sharing.

Knowledge, Learning and Accountability. We support evidence-based learning and use of mechanisms and processes for accountability in our program and projects.

Accountability. We strengthen downward and upward accountability through engaging communities in implementation, monitoring and sharing results, establishing robust community complaint and feedback mechanisms, and generating and sharing annual and evaluation reports with other stakeholders.

Learning. We measure the impact of our work by employing both quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods.