Oxfam America will provide funding to Oxfam South Africa (OZA), the first African affiliate in the global Oxfam confederation, to address governance challenges in the extractives sector in southern Africa. With this support, OZA will strengthen citizens’ capacity to hold governments and companies in the region accountable for just, transparent, and responsive policies on natural resource extraction. OZA will also advance the principle of free, prior, and informed consent by mobilizing civil society groups and communities to actively participate in setting the terms of engagement in extractive processes including environmental impact assessments, social labor planning, and corporate social responsibility.
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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".