After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia experienced a prolonged period of political instability and uncertainty, which drastically widened the gap between rich and poor people. According to official Russian statistics more than 20.6 million people earn less than the minimum subsistence level, and struggle to meet the basic needs of daily life. Many still lack access to basic social services, such as healthcare, and much remains to be done to transform the country as a whole.
At the same time, Russia’s economy is the tenth-largest in the world – and it is set to become even bigger. As a global power and a member of the G8 and G20, Russia has a global role to play in relation to economic justice, climate change and international development finance.
How Oxfam is helping in Russia
Oxfam has been working in Russia since 2003 to improve the lives and livelihoods of poor people living in the Russian Federation:
- we’re working with local and regional government to help foster an environment in which private enterprises can flourish;
- we’re helping to improve access to existing services, such as healthcare, and help people realize their social and economic rights;
- we are working with the Russian government on issues including international development and climate change.
We have one office based in Moscow, with a small team of ten people, but our impact extends much further thanks to our network of about seventy national civil society organizations, as well as our partners in municipal government, academia and business groups in a number of regions across the Federation.