How Oxfam India Transformed Lives in 2019

How Oxfam India Transformed Lives in 2019

In 2019, Oxfam India through its various interventions reached directly to 6.32 lakh marginalised persons from Dalit, Muslim, Tribal and other communities in 1,724 villages of our focus states. We have reached to 49.1% women and 8.2 % girls out of the total target population. We have reached to 63,969 boys and 51,110 girls in our intervention areas.

Through our advocacy, campaign and public engagement efforts, we have reached to 33,94,979 people in 2019.

We partnered with 89 NGOs with 37% (34 NGOs) women headed NGOs to take forward our work to ensure the rights of the most marginalised in 99 remote districts of India.

Saving Lives:

•    Oxfam India reached out to 3,31,570 people of 66,314 households in disaster-affected areas of Bihar, Odisha, Assam, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra.

•    Oxfam India reached out to around 94,603 children and adolescents through Public Health Promotion Activities for improving community hygiene and sanitation practices.
•    1,600 existing water sources including hand pumps and open wells and supply water points were tested and repaired.

•    2,000 water filters were installed in villages for safe drinking water.


Disaster Risk Reduction—Making Community Climate Resilient:

•    3.7 lakh community members are trained and now resilient to face the natural disasters in disaster prone intervention areas and trained in WASH.

•    110 village disaster management committee are made functional ensuring representation from women and other vulnerable communities.

•     3,479 farmers (including 1,657 women farmers) are practicing Climate Resilient Agriculture in flood prone areas.

•    In Uttar Pradesh, 140 task forces were formed on information and broadcasting, search and rescue, WASH and relief and assistance. There are 1,176 members (Females- 698, Males- 478) in the task forces who are trained to take forward the work. 

•    785 Mock Drills conducted in our intervention areas which has supported the community to face the disasters.

•    WASH committee members have taken leadership in restoring 1132 number of drinking water sources benefitting 5,032 families.



•    Oxfam India's high end advocacy has contributed to the issues of national importance such as the National Disaster Management Act and the National Disaster Management Plan.

•    Oxfam India has contributed towards establishing South Asia Regional Platform for Regional Cooperation on Transboundary Early Warning System with representations from countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Thailand and Japan.  

Inequality Campaign: 

Citizen mobilization undertaken to enhance social accountability in health and education.

At least 100,000 citizens were reached through on-ground mobilisation. In total, over 250 outreach events were organized across 5 states. Over 13,000 citizens signed the petition. In Odisha, demand was sent to the Health Minister and CM by more than 514 families from 18 districts and state headquarter under Yes Democracy Campaign.The online campaign garnered over 55 million impressions and 580.6k engagements.

Active Citizenship with Youth for social change process:

•    3,300 youth and students from different education institutions and universities were sensitized on Inequality.

Natural Resource Management:

•     45 community based institutions (forest rights committee, gram sabha) were successfully strengthened to function independently and advocate rights at all levels. 3,488 community members with 60% women were trained and actively taking ownership and accountability in filling and follow up on the pending claims with districts administration. Gram Sabha are maintaining documents for record (details of Individual Forest Rights (IFR) and Community Forest Rights (CFR) applications submitted and gram sabha resolution) at community level.

•    36 villages have set up information centre at village/ cluster level which act as central repository for all title deeds granted, tracking claims and what stage they are at and volunteers support the claimants in providing information of their status through regular interface and federation meetings follow up. 

•    1,939 acres (CFR claims) and 1,614 acres (IFR claims) were successfully submitted across our intervention areas in 2019.

•    Chief minister of Chhattisgarh distributed CFR claims to 20 Gram Sabhas of Kanker district under Forest Rights Act (FRA) 2006 on 24th August 2019. Out of these 20, 17 are from the field of Disha Samaj Sevi Sanstha, supported through the network.

•    Seven Sal leaf plate production units (electric) in Sundarpahari, Godda district and one (semi –automatic) unit in Chalkarikala, Hazaribagh districts in Jharkhand are operational supporting 130 individual families with income generation. They have successfully produced 2,48,870 plates in the reporting period with profit of Rs. 1,70,709 collectively in the group.

Women and Agriculture:

•    Women led Farmer Producer Organisation ‘Karn Bhumi Farmer Producer Company Limited’ received GST number and business license for seed and organic fertilizer and started its business.

•    Around 1,404 (46%) women farmers have been linked with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) based services through Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative (IFFCO) Sanchar and Mobile Vani. They are regularly receiving voice and text messages.



•    22,621 children (53% girls) from our intervention areas are now receiving quality education due to constant monitoring by School Management Committees (SMC) members.

•    120 school development plans were prepared with active participation from SMC and community leaders. 

•    We were successful in making 400 schools functional in terms of quality education, infrastructure, mid-day meal scheme (MDM) etc.

•    Over 2,353 SMC members were engaged through the state forums on advocacy and awareness on compliance of RTE Act.


Gender Justice:

•    Oxfam India along with the partners have reached to more than 3.95 lakhs men, women, boys and girls on the issues of violence against women in 2019 through direct action, advocacy and campaign activities.

•    Oxfam India has touched the lives of 87,680 women, men, boys and girls who were part of our various programmes on leadership building, livelihoods, legal and psycho social support. 

•    956 influencers and service providers (key stakeholders) were sensitized to take actions against violence against women and girls through workshops and meetings.
•    3,600 youths and boys in 180 villages across Bihar and Jharkhand are engaged on a monthly basis with the Oxfam India curriculum ‘Gendernama’.

•    2,050 members of women and girls’ collective were given training on economic rights in 110 villages. 

•    1,970 women survivors were supported for accessing government schemes and 3,450 women were linked to livelihood.

•    314 women collectives with 4,556 women strengthened to change the social norm of accepting violence against women and girls.

•    Around 1,200 women accessed referral services.


Donations from generous individuals in India and across the globe helped us transform the lives of lakhs of people. In 2020 too, we look forward to changing more lives with continued support from people across the world.


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