What we do

A woman Palmyra weaver. Palmyra handicrafts enjoy a high market demand. Photograph: Pavithra Jovan de Mello/Oxfam

Oxfam in Sri Lanka’s focus areas

We have three main areas of focus, they are;

  • Economic Justice: we work to ensure that poor and vulnerable women and girls, and their families, have enough food to eat, and have more sustainable and resilient jobs or ways of making money.
  • Gender Justice: Oxfam wants poor and vulnerable women and girls to be able to exercise their rights and live free from violence. There must be more women in positions of leadership influencing structures, processes, and action for equitable social change.
  • Disaster Preparedness and Humanitarian Aid: we support communities, particularly women, exposed to and affected by disasters, climate change, and conflict to lessen, prepare for and survive these shocks.

In addition, two important themes inspire all our work, they are;

  • Peacebuilding: Oxfam works to establish an understanding of what causes conflict. We work to increase capacity for building peace, preventing and reducing conflict.
  • Right to be heard:  We promote active citizen participation, the inclusion of diverse social groups, and responsive governance.

To achieve our objectives, Oxfam supports strong civil society actions, networks, and partnerships. We call for greater accountability by the government and other responsible development partners.

A women-led small scale cashew production business. Photograph: Nipuna Kumbalathara/Oxfam
Oxfam works to ensure that poor and vulnerable women, girls and their families can own and use land and water. These vital natural resources are necessary for resilient and sustainable income generation. When farmers own their land, they have a bigger incentive to invest in them. We target the...
Women play a lead role in achieving positive change, Mullaitivu. Photograph: Nipuna Kumbalathara/Oxfam
Oxfam wants poor and vulnerable women and girls to be able to exercise their rights and live free from violence. There must be more women in positions of leadership influencing structures, processes, and action for equitable social change.
This community in Batticaloa worked together to renovate the bund which also doubles as the main access road to the village. Photograph: Nipuna Kumbalathara/Oxfam
We work to strengthen communities to be better prepared for disaster, to work together to reduce the impacts and to hold the government authorities to account for disaster preparedness and response. We support non-governmental and community-based organisations to respond to emergencies and fill...
By working together, poor and disadvantaged communities can speak louder.  Photograph: Oxfam
The right to be heard is the foundation for achieving Oxfam's vision, widespread impact and sustainable change in Sri Lanka. A strong, independent platform for addressing injustice emerges when citizens speak up for their rights, participate in democratic action and take advantage of...
Children at play. Young people from different ethnic groups have been keen to get to know each other. Photograph: Oxfam
Oxfam takes a practical approach to peacebuilding that is both sensitive to the ground realities and takes advantage of opportunities available. All our work is conflict sensitive; they will not in any way worsen divisions and tensions or cause conflict amongst communities.