The first public announcement of the new CEO of Oxfam International, Gabriela Bucher, today launches the organization’s new strategy for ten years to fight inequality to end poverty and injustice around the world.
Bucher, which launched on November 16, said the strategy helps Oxfam on a course to tackle the deeper crises faced by people with poverty, exclusion and discrimination. Along with accompanying budgetary, management and planning processes, the strategy helps to set Oxfam’s future course on a more relevant and resilient basis.
The strategy, launched in a world of the coronavirus pandemic, focuses Oxfam on challenging inequality, which has been particularly critical at the Davos World Economic Forum over the past few years and beyond, ranging from billionaires’ wealth to tax reform to the care economy. This has already encouraged Oxfam to make new calls against profiteering and hunger, and for more help, debt relief and a ‘People’s Vaccine’.
“Inequality entrenches poverty, privilege and impunity. It deepens discrimination, sexism and racism, drives climate and ecological collapse, sharpens our politics and exacerbates conflict and deprivation. Coronavirus drives it further. Oxfam doubles dealing with systemic causes, not the symptoms, of inequality, ‘Bucher said.
With the implementation of its new strategy, Oxfam will work as part of social justice, feminist and youth movements around the world. “We will play an even stronger role in contributing to a global movement for change – in strengthening the power of the people and as a better partner for all those committed to the cause of social justice,” he said. Bucher said.
Oxfam will follow a feminist approach in all its analyzes, actions and interactions – both internally in how staff work together, and with all stakeholders and externally in the pursuit of gender justice. “By fulfilling the rights of women and girls in all their diversity, we can build a more equal world,” Bucher said. The strategy will be supported by a youth involvement plan developed by young activists from around the world.
The strategy takes into account Oxfam’s review in May of its global presence in the light of COVID – related funding pressures. “We will be present in fewer countries to be more focused and efficient. We will continue to do justice to people’s deep belief that the work we do makes a significant difference. By working more closely with the people and the communities we serve, we better understand how to add the most value to their work and that of our partners within specific national contexts. ‘
The strategy also commits Oxfam to fighting discrimination on the grounds of race and other differences between all of us and to be responsible internally and externally for the organization’s own equality and inclusion efforts.
“Oxfam’s future is based on solidarity, by joining hands and uniting people from different backgrounds and across borders. It goes beyond charity and the idea that the rich world comes to the rescue of the poor. We acknowledge the enduring injustices from a colonial era that needs to be challenged, and that power, thinking and culture need to change urgently, including within our own sector. ‘
“As Oxfam, we are committed to sharing and shifting power internally and externally. We will work to expand people’s agency over their lives and the decisions that affect them. We will reform our own governance and governance structures to to make them more diverse and inclusive, “she said.
It is important that the strategy brings together everyone who is part of Oxfam behind this general vision. “This strategy is due to the joint efforts of Oxfam’s partners, our staff and critical friends around the world and will lead us as one Oxfam family into the future,” Bucher said. National Oxfam subsidiary and country entities in turn form their own plans in line with the Global Framework.
“I’m excited about Oxfam’s vision and the decisive and creative ways we face the new and complex challenges facing people around the world. This strategy is an invitation to all in a better world. believe – whether you are an activist, a policy maker, a farmer, a teacher, an Oxfam buyer or a business leader, whoever, only an inclusive, powerful, people-led movement can meet the serious challenges of our time the principal, ‘Bucher said.