Oxfam Novib has been working in Pakistan since 1982. With migration to cities putting growing pressure on urban infrastructure, our programme on the right to a sustainable livelihood seeks to make rural living a more viable option.
Most small scale farmers and landless rural labourers live in the Punjab and Sindh, so our programme will focus there – especially on women.
We’ll work with local partners on mobilising farmer communities to explore alternative agricultural practices, form cooperatives and gain new skills. We’ll facilitate access to credit and insurance, and campaign for land reform and economic justice.
The same areas are the focus of our programme on the right to life and security, where we work to address the vulnerability of rural communities, especially women, to both manmade and natural disaster. We are building the capacity of partners on disaster preparedness and risk reduction and lobbying local authorities to improve contingency planning.
Our programme on the right to basic social services has two focal points: primary education, to build the knowledge and skills of Pakistan’s large population of youth, and education on sexual health and reproductive rights; risks are especially high when rural folk migrate temporarily to urban areas for work.
To secure the right to social and political participation, again with a focus on the Punjab and Sindh, we are working with local partners to improve marginalised groups’ access to information by using ICT and audio-visual media on issues such as discriminatory laws against women.
Domestic violence is the focus of our final programme, on the right to an identity. We’ll assist partners to run protection shelters, provide legal support, and lobby nationally for gender-friendly laws.
|Source||Oxfam Novib, march 2011|