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Oxfam India works with communities and partner organisations to empower poor and marginalised people, especially women, to have a say in the decisions that affect them; to give them access to a secure livelihood and essential services, and to make them more resilient in the face of disaster.

It has over 200 projects throughout the country, and partnerships with more than 225 local organisations. It has offices in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Lucknow, Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Ahmedabad.

Oxfam India is part of a global movement for change. It works with other Oxfams around the world to end poverty and injustice, whether campaigning for fairer world trade rules, lobbying governments to fund health and education for everyone or responding to emergencies.

By partnering with local NGOs, Oxfam India works with people so that they can take control of their lives and build a better future for themselves, their families, and the communities they live in.

Oxfam India and its partners work with the poorest and the most vulnerable in their struggle against poverty, suffering, and injustice.

The organisation focuses on Livelihoods, Gender, Essential Services, Campaigning and Humanitarian work.

Oxfam India also campaigns for poor people to benefit from fair trade and equitable workplace policies. It campaigns for people to live in a safe environment with adequate housing, clean water, and sufficient food.

It also supports initiatives to ensure that people are well prepared for the effects of climate change and natural disasters so that their means of making a living, and their lives, are not destroyed.

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Corruption Watch

The bad news is that corruption has not only sustained but has grown in size and stature in the country. With scams being a regular feature, seventy per cent respondents in a survey have rightfully opined that corruption has continued to increase in India. One in every two interviewed admit having paid a bribe for availing public services during last one year. Transparency International's latest survey reveals that the political parties top the chart for the most corrupt public institutions, followed by police force and legislatures. No wonder, India continues to make new records on the global corruption arena!

The shocking revelation is that the health and education sectors haven't remained untouched by this phenomenon. With 5th and 6th positions respectively for these sectors on the public perception chart on corruption, corruption has crept insidiously into these sectors of hope for the masses. With bureaucracy being fourth in the list of corrupt institutions in the country, corruption seems to have been non-formally institutionalized with little hope if public services would ever be effective in the country. With economic growth having literally institutionalized corruption, are we now expecting corrupt to be socially responsible - a different CSR.

Poor. Who?

Not giving 'aid' to India is one thing but calling it 'rich' is quite another. If one in three of the world's malnourished children live in India, what does average daily income of $3 indicate? It perhaps means that there is a relative decline in poverty - people are 'less poor' than what they used to be in the past. But having crossed the World Bank arbitrary threshold of $2 a day does not absolve the 'developed' countries of their obligation to part with 0.7 per cent of their Gross National Income in development aid. Should this three-decade old figure not be revised?  

An interesting debate in UK's House of Commons delved on future of development assistance by the British Government. While prioritizing limited resources has been a concern, there has been no denying the fact that development aid must be guided towards tangible gains over a short period of time to start with. There are difficult choices for elected governments to make - should they invest in long-term primary education or in short-term university scholarships? Which of these will bring gains and trigger long-term transformation in the society. As politicians continue to be divided on the matter, poverty persists!!   

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