This grant would support the first three years of Oxfam America’s new six-year program. Concentrating their effort in a set of target countries, Oxfam America will undertake policy research and advocacy to improve the quality of U.S. foreign assistance, ensure that extractive industry deals are more transparent and accountable to community priorities, and build the capacity of civil society partners to hold their governments accountable in making development expenditures that benefit the poor. Oxfam America works closely with the other Oxfam affiliates, partnering with Oxfam Australia to strengthen the network’s expertise in extractive industries, and testing their new model of strengthening local partners to oversee their governments’ spending.
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for Oxfam Novib's Voice initiative
Oxfam America will provide funding to Oxfam Novib to support the Voice initiative, which promotes inclusive governance across 10 countries in Africa and Asia. Under the Voice initiative, Oxfam Novib will partner with the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, a donor collaborative, to support efforts by community-based organizations that seek to increase access of people who are marginalized and discriminated against, notably persons with disabilities, to the decision-making processes on how government revenues are allocated and spent. (Strategy: Transparency, Participation, and Accountability)
for the Power and Money program
Oxfam America’s Power and Money program promotes government and corporate transparency and creates opportunities for citizens to participate in decisions about how public revenues are generated, allocated, and spent. Oxfam advocates at the international level for stronger governance and transparency norms and works with local partners at national and subnational levels to promote effective implementation of those norms. During this grant period, Oxfam will intensify efforts to protect civic space and foster greater participation of women and minority groups in fiscal matters. (Strategy: Transparency, Participation, and Accountability)
for research to inform a new program on transparent, accountable financial flows for development
With Hewlett's support, Oxfam America will research and produce a planning paper for how greater transparency on financial flows for development can translate into stronger public accountability between citizens and states on pro-poor public policies and investments. A number of other Oxfam affiliates and external organizations are already deeply invested in this field. This research will aim to position Oxfam America as a useful ally on these issues within the broader Oxfam confederation, and as a partner to other Hewlett grantees, such as the International Budget Partnership, Revenue Watch and Publish What You Fund. Ultimately, the planning paper will feed into Oxfam America’s next strategic plan (2013 to 2019), which proposes a major new program of work called "Active Citizenship in Pursuit of Effective Development Investments".