Our Mission, Vision and Goals

Muslim women leaders participate in a community consultation facilitated by Oxfam's Conflict Transformation Team in Mindanao (Photo: Rhea Catada/Oxfam)

Our Vision

Oxfam in the Philippines has been working in the country for over 25 years. Our vision is to contribute to the eradication of poverty by supporting women and other vulnerable groups in saving lives and building livelihoods, enhancing their resilience to crises, shocks and stresses, and making their voices heard to hold duty-bearers accountable. 

Our Strategic Goals

Moving forward into the next five years, Oxfam in the Philippines has developed a new country strategy focusing on three (3) major areas:

Economic Justice

We want to contribute to reduction in inequality through effective policy implementation and the promotion of practices that engages and economically empowers the poor and the most vulnerable in rural and urban Philippines. We will do this by ensuring that poor women and other vulnerable people are empowered and have access to social protection, land and climate-resilient livelihoods through implmentation of Adaptation and Risk Reduction plans. We will work in such a way that public, corporate and civil society resources are invested towards the benefit of the poorest and most vulnerable. This will be achieved in partnership with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to advance and protect gains in pro-poor policies and implementation.

Conflict Transformation

Oxfam will work towards transforming ideas, beliefs and institutions to end violent conflict towards sustainable peace in the Bangsamoro region (Muslim Mindanao). It envisions that young women and men recognise the identity, diversity and unique needs and aspirations of the Bangsamoro; that the Bangsamoro leadership and the citizens develop and implement inclusive development plans and achieve greater social accountability and essential services that support human development and gender equity are prioritised and resourced to benefit women in the Bangsamoro.

Rights in Crisis

The Philippines will improve its resiliency and save lives now and into the future by investing in mechanisms to reduce the risks and impact of disasters and to respond quickly to disaster, with priority on the most vulnerable. This will be done by influencing national and local governments integrate ARR across institutions, policies and programmes that are responsive to gender-specific needs and capacities, while creating spaces for meaningful participation of women and men as rights-holders; Government agencies, communities and local humanitarian actors respond to humanitarian situation in a timely and targeted manner, to meet international humanitarian standards, and to uphold rights of the most vulnerable and; Oxfam, with its partners, will prepare for and respond to disasters as a technical leader in WASH and EFSVL, utilising a gender and protection lens to identify the most vulnerable in humanitarian situation.