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Kim Tan
Kim Tan

Kim Tan is principal communications officer at the Environment Agency covering Yorkshire, Humber and the North East.

Kim worked at Oxfam from 2002 to 2008. He was seconded as Press Officer to Oxfam's Tsunami relief programme based in Aceh, Indonesia from January 2005 to October 2005. He went on to work as Campaigns Officer for Oxfam on the Make Trade Fair and Millennium Development Goals campaigns, with responsibility for Yorkshire, Humberside and the North East of England. He was also national contact manager for the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and regional lead on Media and on Trade Unions. Prior to working for Oxfam, Kim worked as Publicity Officer for the International Development Department of the University of Birmingham, and lived in Malaysia for 17 years.

Kim Tan was on the panel of the 'Keeping Africa Small' debate at The Great Debate: Developing World Challenges in March 2008. Click here for edited video of debate.

Kim Tan says:

'Oxfam and many other major British NGOs have been crucial players in the fight to promote sustainable and equitable international development policies that help the poorest people in the world.

Oxfam works at local, national and global levels, providing life-saving aid during emergencies, empowering people to work their way out of poverty and make their voices heard and campaigning to tackle the underlying causes of poverty.

Working with over 1500 local partner organisations worldwide, Oxfam empowers people to overcome poverty with their own solutions. Oxfam provides support and training - including in business and financial skills – as well as funding, to enable people to earn a better and more secure living. We enable communities to overcome obstacles to prosperity, such as a lack of education and health care, gender or other discrimination. Oxfam also helps people to organise themselves, to campaign for their rights – including the right to a fair price for their goods, to a life free from domestic violence, and to basic public services

All Oxfam’s programmes and campaigns are based on the needs and aspirations of the people and communities we work with, and are backed up by over 65 years of practical experience gained working in more than 70 countries. I have seen how people’s lives have been improved in places as far apart as the Peruvian Andes and Aceh in Indonesia.'

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