Sustainable Development Programme
A woman producer supported by Oxfam in Pokhara. Photo credit: Fair Trade Connection
Under Oxfam's Sustainable Development Programme, there are three inter-connected programmes – Women Empowerment Programme, Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood Programme, and and Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation. All programmes aim at delivering improvements in governance, gender equality and social inclusion to help women in Nepal enjoy equal rights and are valued and acknowledged as decision makers at all levels, improve food security and livelihoods status of poor, socially excluded and vulnerable women and men, and save lives in case of disasters with enhanced resilience.
Every day, in every country in the world, women are confronted by discrimination and inequality. They face violence, abuse and unequal treatment at home, at work and in their wider communities – and are denied opportunities to learn, to earn and to lead. The Women Empowerment Programme’s aims to support women and girls from poor and excluded groups to enjoy their rights and lead a dignified life free from violence.
Oxfam is working towards a world where everyone has enough to eat and where women especially have the opportunity to earn a decent living. This programme works to improve food security and livelihoods of poor, vulnerable, socially-excluded and disaster-affected men and women residing in rural and urban areas of Nepal.
This programme supports communities to have increased access to water, sanitation and hygiene; promotes pro-poor finance products for water system maintenance and technical solutions; and lobbies for water governance and policy change on improved water laws policies and regulatory systems for institutional accountability.