In 2022, Oxfam India had to rethink and align its structure and organisation principles in view of the deadly second wave of the pandemic, a roll out of the new strategy, and FCRA-related constraints. Despite the restraints we stayed true to the vision and mission of our organisation. Oxfam India made a considerable impact—with the new strategy of direct intervention—in community engagement, knowledge building and advocacy, building public narrative, and in humanitarian responses.
Fighting discrimination is at the core of our work and we believe in leadership, representation, and participation of the most marginalised communities. Through our programme intervention we have tried to make impact in the lives of women and girls from marginalised communities especially Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims and women and girls, in both rural and urban areas. Evaluation of the projects reflect positive change in empowering lives of people in these communities. We worked in 18 districts in 8 states through our programmes with women farmers in Odisha and Bihar, small sugarcane farmers and cane cutters in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, children in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand, informal sector workers in urban clusters in Karnataka and Maharashtra, and communities across states through disaster risk reduction programmes; we reached approximately 60,000 people.
Our strategic planning, on the one hand helped us respond effectively and at scale to the pandemic which posed enormous challenges to humanity, where millions lost lives and livelihood, and on the other we were also able to reach disaster hit communities in Kerala, West Bengal and Uttarakhand with immediate humanitarian support. Our humanitarian work was spread across 16 states, 236 districts and 300 villages. Through our direct intervention and the public health promotion work we have reached 3,67,921 people; of this over 2,00,000 were women and girls.
As part of our commitment to fighting inequality and ending discrimination, we published ‘Oxfam India’s Inequality Report 2021: India’s Unequal Healthcare Story’ in July 2021. The report showed how reduced Health Budget allocations in 2021 disproportionately affected marginalised groups. Later, in January 2022, Oxfam’s flagship Inequality report, ‘Inequality Kills’, was released in Davos. The India Supplement highlighted how while 84 percent of households in the country suffered a decline in their income in a year marked by tremendous loss of life and livelihoods, the number of Indian billionaires grew from 102 to 142.
On the organisational front, we rolled out our new strategy and started direct intervention within the communities. Oxfam India’s main focus lay in strengthening Voice and Leadership of women and youth from marginalised communities especially Dalit, Adivasis, Muslims, and women and girls, including informal sector workers.
During 2021-22, our total income was INR 129.64 crore, as against INR 82.60 crore in 2020-21, reflecting an increase of 57%.
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