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Oxfam in Indonesia


Oxfam has been working in Indonesia to contribute towards finding lasting solutions to poverty and suffering in the country since 1957.  Oxfam has been supporting local and national partners in many parts of the country to realize our shared  vision to ensure women’s rights to a sustainable livelihood, to be heard and to have access to basic social services, are respected, in particular  during shocks or disasters. We are presently implementing a wide range of sustainable development and disaster preparedness initiatives in 6 provinces and 25 districts. Our principal Government partner is the  Ministry of Social Affairs .


Vision for Indonesia

Oxfam envisions an Indonesia where women are equal citizens and everyone can enjoy their rights even in times of shocks and disaster.


Goal for Oxfam in Indonesia

An integrated Oxfam programme, with a strong voice based on its collaboration with an extensive network of partners, will make lasting changes in the lives of poor and vulnerable people by influencing changes in policy and practice amongst the most influential decision makers.


Partnership Principles

Oxfam works with groups that share similar views as catalysts or change agents, facilitators of a process to build communities’ confidence and capacities, as opposed to defining themselves as experts providing services, aid, goods or outputs. Oxfam’s partnerships are based on six core principles: shared vision and values;  complementarity of purpose and value-added; autonomy and independence; transparency and mutual accountability; clarity on roles and responsibilities; and  commitment to joint learning to communities and acting on their behalf.



Sectoral and Geographic Focus

Our present portfolio of work focuses on working to achieve Gender Justice, Economic Justice and Rights in Crisis. Our development works is focused in Eastern Indonesia and Papua. This focus area was decided based on  consideration of the developmental context, opportunities for advocacy, and Oxfam affiliate strengths and resources. However, our emergency response includes a national remit to respond in any geographic area. The strategy also allows for the possibility of taking on Disaster Risk Reduction work in places with extremely high vulnerability to repeat disasters. Pilot projects are implemented with national partners and their networks.


Together we are working to achieve our vision of ‘a just world without poverty’ and to be a powerful partner in global and local communities of people connected for change.



Project and activities to achieve the Gender Justice objectives includes:

  •  Papua Women Empowerment (PAWE )

To empower poor Papua women by increasing their participation in implementation and decision-making processes in the community driven development programme (RESPEK) so that they are better able to benefit from the programme, and address their needs and priorities through  strengthening existing women’s organizations and networks to provide leadership, training, and advocacy to women at village level;  building capacity of individual women through demand driven capacity building and training opportunities; building awareness and capacity of RESPEK project staff and other key stakeholders such as village leaders and government officials to promote greater gender equality.


  • Local Initiative to Strengthen and Empower Women (LISTEN)

LISTEN is a pilot project with main objective to increase women confidence and capacity to participate and influence the decision making process related to the improvement of women livelihoods and resilience, by increasing the governance at village level and improving equal relations at domestic, public, and cultural domains in Indonesia.  LISTEN is implemented by CIS TIMOR in 12 villages in West Timor. Through this initiative, women will take action to improve their capacities and confidence through the running of Women Budget School as medium to influence gender-responsive decision making process at public levels, influencing relationship at domestic sphere, and improving perception on women at the custom domain.

Economic Justice Programme

  • Restoring Coastal Livelihoods Project (RCL) is a 5-year project (02/10 – 02/15) initiated by Oxfam.The overall goal of the project is to enhance the economic security of vulnerable coastal communities in 4 districts in the west coast of South Sulawesi by implementing a multi-stakeholder and collaborative approach to improve management of the inter-tidal region, including sustainable utilization of resources and Ecological Mangrove Restoration (EMR). A special focus is placed upon empowering women, securing their rights and enhancing the well-being of coastal communities.
  • Papua Enterprise Development Program (PEDP) promotes the establishment of sustainable business enterprises in Papua, as well as women’s participation in decision making and leadership. It aims to benefit up to 10,000 people through agricultural (farming, processing and preservation techniques) and business improvement (access to micro-finance and to market). It seeks to promote support from the local government and the private sector for enterprise development in Papua.