Oxfam International’s work in Sudan – March 2009
There are five Oxfam affiliates currently working in Sudan. Oxfam International's sole focus in the country is meeting humanitarian and development needs. We are an independent, impartial NGO with absolutely no links to the ICC.
Oxfam Great Britain is one of several major aid agencies facing expulsion from northern Sudan following the issue of an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Last week (5 March 2009) the Sudanese government revoked Oxfam GB's licence to operate in northern Sudan.
This decision will affect hundreds of thousands of lives. Oxfam GB is appealing the revocation and has temporarily suspended its operations. But since the organization works closely with volunteers in local communities, it expects those helpers will be able to keep the clean water flowing for a few weeks.
Here is a brief summary of our programs.
Oxfam America has been responding to the crisis in Darfur since October of 2005 by assisting more than 200,000 people through local partnerships. The partners offer vocational trainings and small business loans, and in some cases they provide key assets, such as donkeys. Oxfam America’s local partners also work in more remote areas of Darfur by improving water supplies and carrying out programs to prevent malaria and deadly waterborne diseases. Their partners also engaged in peace-building initiatives through traditional conflict-resolution methods. More from Oxfam America.
Oxfam Canada has been working in Sudan since 1997, in both the north and south of the country. As part of a regional program, extending into Ethiopia and Somaliland, the work in Sudan is focused on strengthening local civil society organizations. The five Sudanese partners work directly with youth, women and communities, towards their goals of enhancing peace, stability and the full realization of their rights at all levels of society. More from Oxfam Canada.
Oxfam Great Britain
Oxfam Great Britain has worked in Sudan for 25 years, providing water, small grants and supporting projects to improve people's livelihoods, education and access to services. Oxfam GB’s work in Darfur is their biggest single emergency programme in the world, providing vital humanitarian aid, such as clean water, for more than 400,000 people affected by the ongoing conflict. In the south of the country, Oxfam GB is helping people to recover from decades of a bloody civil war that left two million people dead and four million displaced. More from Oxfam Great Britain.
Intermón Oxfam (Spain) has worked in South Sudan since 1992, in the area of Bahr el Ghazal, assisting the population that has been devastated by more than 20 years of internal conflict and war. Intermón works with returnees, displaced people and local communities in order to promote peaceful coexistence. Intermón’s humanitarian work is based on water and sanitation activities and food security, assisting more than 74,000 people as well as the development of initiatives to improve the education system. More from Intermón Oxfam.
Oxfam Novib (Netherlands) works with 7 partners in north Sudan. The partners are engaged in creative activities to promote awareness of HIV and AIDS; small loans to women and training on business skills; improvement of access to water and hygiene promotion with a specific focus on environmental sustainability; and education on harmful traditional practices. More from Oxfam Novib.
Oxfam International is a confederation of 14 like-minded organizations working together and with partners and allies around the world to bring about lasting change. Oxfam GB is the only affiliate that has had its licence to work in northern Sudan revoked by the Government of Sudan.