Oxfam's role in ECB
1. Oxfam led a country-level consortium in Bolivia
The Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies in Bolivia consisted of the national staff of nine international NGOs (ACH, CARE, Christian Aid, CRS, HelpAge, Oxfam, Plan International, Save the Children, and World Vision) who worked with local partners on joint approaches to capacity building, emergency preparedness and response, and coordination with the wider sector.
Oxfam provided technical support from global and regionally-based advisers on the ECB Project's three cross-cutting themes, as well as on fundraising and financial management. The Bolivia consortium was proactive in seeking funds for joint initiatives, while Oxfam funded core costs and contributed further funding for specific activities. For more on the initiatives of the Consortium in Bolivia visit: www.ecbproject.org/Bolivia
2. Oxfam led global-level inter-agency projects on behalf of the ECB agencies
Key examples include:
3. Oxfam mainstreamed ECB Project approaches and shared learning
- The ENHAnce (Expanding National Humanitarian Ability) program, which aimed to improve national staff capacity through two separate learning programs, based on the Context Training materials. In 2012, 189 national staff in 18 countries participated in the program. Read more.
- The Emergency Food Security and Livelihoods (EFSL) 48-hour assessment tool, which was developed by Oxfam together with the ECB Project agencies to help obtain a quick understanding of the emergency food security and livelihood situation, within the first few days after a rapid-onset disaster. The EFSL tool is available to download in English, French, Spanish, Bahasa Indonesia, Urdu and Sindhi. Training materials are also available in English.
- Two Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) e-learning courses, developed by Oxfam in response to the need for a more comprehensive and wide-reaching approach to capacity building in the WASH sector.
The ECB Project provided Oxfam with a focus and a platform through which to collaborate. It enabled Oxfam to continue to develop and deliver high-quality, appropriate and effective capacity building programmes within high-risk countries, alongside other agencies.
Oxfam sought to integrate successful approaches and tools from the ECB Project within the organisation and also to share Oxfam's experiences openly with ECB colleagues, in order to learn from one another. The Building Trust in Diverse Teams facilitation handbook is an example of an ECB tool that Oxfam uses widely in staff development.
One unexpected area of learning has been around consortium fundraising for joint agency capacity development initiatives. Oxfam captured the ECB Project's learning in a case study which is available in English, French and Spanish. This has been shared widely with Oxfam's funding teams around the world, as well as with the other ECB agencies.