Vision, Mission, Goal, 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

Vision

A Uganda free of inequality and injustice: a society where people, particularly women and young people, claim and exercise their rights and responsibilities, and influence the decisions that affect their lives.

Mission

To tackle the inequalities that make and keep people poor.

Goal

A peaceful and resilient society in which people’s rights are upheld, state and non-state actors are accountable, and inequality is reduced.

Values

Equality: We believe everyone has the right to be treated fairly, and to have the same rights and opportunities.

Empowerment: We acknowledge and seek to expand people’s agency over their lives and the decisions that impact them.

Solidarity: We support people and collaborate across boundaries in working towards a just and sustainable world.

Inclusiveness: We embrace diversity and difference, and value the perspectives and contributions of all people and communities in their fight against poverty and injustice.

Accountability: We take responsibility for our action and inaction and hold ourselves accountable to the people we work with and for.

Courage: We speak truth to power and act with conviction on the justice of our causes.

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.