On 29 January 2020 the Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network carried out an introductory training for Oxfam staff from 5 country programmes in Southern Africa on Risk Assessment and Management for human rights defenders (HRDs)
The purpose of the training was to assist Oxfam employees as frontline defenders (HRDs) in being able to identify the steps that they can take to mitigate against the risks that they face as a result of their work in protecting and promoting human rights. The training aimed at strengthening Oxfam staff capacities to execute their work as HRDs, despite the existence of risks and threats that they face on a daily basis as a result of such work.
The training also aimed at building and increasing the capacity of Oxfam staff in the prevention and mitigation of the impact of threats and risks that may negatively affect their operations on the ground. The introductory risk management training workshop for Oxfam staff was also a good foundation for future training of not just Oxfam staff but also their day to day interlocutors as they contribute to the fight against inequality, poverty, and injustice.