Oxfam works primarily through grassroots organizations to bring about deep-rooted sustainable changes in people’s lives through long-term development programming linked to positive policy changes at various levels. We work for the socially excluded and most marginalized communities by facilitating them to be heard and mobilizing them to campaign for greater economic and social reforms. We use the leanings about what works and what doesn’t at the grassroots level –through research and advocacy – to bring about pro-poor changes in policies and institutions.
The new Oxfam India partnership policy envisages both funding and non-funding partnerships with a wide range of development actors-grassroots NGOs, academic institutions, research think tanks, national and global advocacy NGOs, etc. The proposed patterns of funding relationship include maintaining the diversity of partner size (micro, small, medium and large) but establishing limits for each category; establishing longer term relationships with partners and to fund each partner for a maximum 10-12 year cycle (through two strategy periods); and wherever feasible, provide core funding rather than project-by-project funding to partners.