Through our global One Programme Approach, Oxfam commits to:
• More effective crisis response, both through Oxfam’s own capacity and increasingly through the capacity of other organizations, partners and communities.
• Strengthen the institutional capacity of states to respond to crises.
• Increasing our work to reduce the risk of disasters, strengthen livelihoods and build the resilience of communities within a human security approach.
• Influence others and campaign for the respect of the rights of communities who are at risk or affected by conflicts and disasters.
• Support poor women and their organizations in emergency preparedness, risk reduction and response, through intensive capacity building and partnerships, by assisting women and men to safely voice their concerns and hold duty bearers accountable.
Oxfam in Zimbabwe’s humanitarian aspirations:
The Zimbabwe Humanitarian Strategy utilises a rights based approach; this means ensuring Oxfam’s activities are conducted according to the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) principles and Sphere technical Standards, that we provide accountability measures, that disaster-affected men and women participate in the design of activities and that we support the greater empowerment of groups of citizens to organise and speak on their own behalf with those with power.
The strategy encompasses two objectives:
1. Ensure that Oxfam and partners have the capabilities to effectively respond to and meet the needs of those affected by humanitarian crises and emergencies in a timely and relevant manner.
2. Ensure that Oxfam contributes to reducing risk and vulnerabilities within a broader ‘resilience’ agenda.
Oxfam defines resilience as “the ability of women and men to realise their rights and improve their wellbeing despite shocks, stresses and uncertainty.” The strategy should facilitate Oxfam in Zimbabwe to adopt a common understanding of its humanitarian position and how it relates to the three other country goals in the Oxfam Country Strategy 2015-2020, ensuring an integrated approach and synergies across different programmes. The strategy is accompanied by the contingency plan which outlines more specific crisis scenarios and internal response processes. In recognition of the fluid country environment, a review of the country’s Priority 1 status will take place in 2018. This will entail analysis of key risks and vulnerabilities as well as capacity of local partners, government, Oxfam and INGOs to address potential crises.
WASH, Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihoods (EFSVL), and Protection will remain core focal areas with an emphasis on applied research into innovative technologies and approaches. Within a broader protection approach, we will continue to lead on market analysis, research and interventions in emergencies at the forefront of cash transfer programming. We will also position ourselves as a leader in urban programming Oxfam’s minimum standards for Gender in Emergencies and minimum standards in mainstreaming protection will inform all of Oxfam’s humanitarian preparedness, resilience and response activities with a particular emphasis on empowering women through their participation in disaster planning and response design and safe programming that ensures the protection of women from GBV and other harm.