Newsletter | January - February 2020

Paper publication date: 
Monday, March 2, 2020


It is my pleasure to be introducing our newsletter for this period.

Protecting ourselves, our colleagues, our partners and the communities we work with within our projects is fundamental to Oxfam. It is a matter of behaviors and a matter of procedures we put in place. When we recognize our own vulnerability, we make rapid progress in embracing attitudes that will prevent sexual exploitation and abuse in our workplace. When we know the rules that regulate conduct and breach, we are properly equipped to respond to safeguarding incidents. Ms. Nicci Morgan, Safeguarding Advisor is dedicating three full weeks to guide us and our partners on this pathway towards safeguarding. The power imbalance that we challenge in our overall approach is also what leads to sexual exploitation, harassment and abuse. Feminist principles form the backbone of the attitude that will lead to an organization being a safe place to work. Thank you for your time and commitment to this and I look forward to hearing the impact of Nicci’s work when I visit the field. Biju, with Dixita’s support, has done an amazing work in putting this together.

Also, we opened this year with the Davos week of action. Oxfam was in the press alongside Nepali organizations who with us understand poverty as a manifestation of how power is distributed and how resources are controlled rather than redistributed. The messages that we heard during this week were that the economy is growing, and a middle class is developing, but that our attention needs to be on those who are left out of the economic upturn. Oxfam in Nepal wants to accelerate access to resources, create opportunities for voice and leadership and built the resilience of those at the margin of economic growth, political action and social life. We are actively working on getting care work, usually carried out by women and unpaid, recognized as a key economic driver. We are getting traction from government and looking forward to supporting them with this agenda.

Sarah Blin

Country Director