What we do

Zedia, small scale trader preparing her peanut butter for the market. Photo Credit Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Oxfam has been operating in Kenya since 1963 in the poorest and marginalised arid and semi arid lands (ASALs) of the Northern Kenya. Our initial focus was to meet the humanitarian imperative on food security and water and sanitation. With time, Oxfam in Kenya evolved its programmes from humanitarian response to building longer term programmes that would increase community resilience. Acknowledging growing urbanisation and the resultant complexity in addressing the basic needs and rights, In 2008 Oxfam in Kenya  started engaging with strategic long term programming in the urban informal settlements. Over the next five years, Oxfam in Kenya will significantly shift its way of delivering programmes. We have adopted an influencing and campaigning strategy to positively impact on the lives of the disenfranchised and poor people. 

Student from Mukuru Reuben, Nairobi, fetching clean water from a tap at the school bio centre. Photo Credit Abraham Ali
Supporting a movement of citizenship in Kenya that is informed and actively challenging poverty and inequality.
Oil rig in Turkana. Photo Credit: Kenya Civil Society Platform on Oil and Gas Report
Poor and marginalised communities get a fair share of natural resources and access their rights and benefits.
Turkana woman participating in a live community radio show with Jambo Turkana on oil and community rights in Lodwar. Photo Credit: Lightbox Limited
Women participate fully in decision-making processes, gain more power in politics and access resources.
Women  gardening in their small farms in Turkana. Photo Credit: Alejandro Chaskielberg
Actors prepared to prevent and respond early to humanitarian crises while upholding gender equality.
Women in Lodwar market engaging in a live radio show on oil and community rights. Photo Credit: LightBox Limited
Oxfam in Kenya campaigns to change and impact the lives of the disenfranchised and poor people by investing in building citizens capacities to hold governments to account through collective citizen’s voice and actions...
Habiba Hudhow  nyirinyiri (camel) meat trader in Wajir in a meeting with other women of her group. Photo Credit: Benson Guantai
Habiba Hudhow, 49, makes a living of selling nyirinyiri , a meat-based specialty, at the market, in Wajir, Northen Kenya