Oxfam Programme Quality Standards: Cash transfer programmes (CTPs)
Through its Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihoods (EFSVL) work, Oxfam aims to meet immediate food needs and protect livelihoods, whilst contributing to the longer term economic recovery of disaster affected populations and increasing their resilience to future shocks. Oxfam believes that these aims are achieved most effectively and sustainably by working through existing structures in order to reinforce local capacity with an approach of doing no harm. Oxfam’s approach is fundamentally market based, incorporating delivery of aid through market structures, as well as work to support and strengthen the capacity of key market actors and infrastructures (supporting traders and access to credit, rehabilitating infrastructure). Beyond that, Oxfam programmes
also work towards increasing resilience in the longer term, looking at supply and income markets that concern the most affected. In addition to directly implementing programmes, Oxfam also uses its experience and analysis to advocate for appropriate and timely responses contributing to economic recovery and to influence key humanitarian actors to work towards ensuring long term solutions to food crises. Oxfam’s advocacy work takes various forms, from feeding into research papers and policy briefings to lobbying activities.