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Independent Evaluation of Oxfam Australia’s Control Arms Work in the Pacific 

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Keywords

Evaluations
Control Arms
Arm Trade Treaty
Light Weapons
Trade

Region

Australia & Pacific

Date

01 August 13

Author

K. Dinh

Website

http://www.oxfam.org.au/

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Project/Program: Oxfam Australia’s Control Arms Work in the Pacific aimed to increase Pacific Island Country Governments and Civil Society Organisations engagement with, and participation in, (1) The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), and (2) The UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects.

Achievements: Oxfam was effective in bringing together governments with civil society organisations representatives to work on arms control issues in the Pacific. The program saw the development of a Pacific common position on the ATT and successful participation of Pacific Island Country Governments and Civil Society Organisations during International ATT negotiations.

Evaluation methodology: The evaluation scope covered all program activities from 2007 to 2013. A participatory approach was taken to maximise stakeholder mutual learning and representation. Methods included a document review and stakeholders’ input from focus groups, key informant interviews, and consultation meetings. Stakeholder sampling was purposeful to capture the perspectives of all involved.

Achievements: The program successfully engaged and mobilised a large number of local organisations (around 250) across the country, and was able to bring small agricultural producers centre stage in the policy arena. Of particular success was the program’s achievements in influencing climate change policy and action at both national and international levels.

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