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How we fight poverty

The injustice of poverty demands a powerful and practical response to address both its causes and its impact on peoples' lives.

Using a six-sided strategy to weave together the complex web of our efforts and joining with others, we seek to overcome poverty.

  1. Oxfam yellow megaphone icon

    When people have the power to claim their basic human rights, they can escape poverty – permanently. This core belief underpins our development programs in more than 90 countries. With our partners, allies and with local communities, we help people to claim rights for themselves.

  2. Oxfam orange speaking woman icon

    Human development is driven by empowered women. But women and girls are still massively under represented and often oppressed. We work to help them speak out and demand justice, and to assert their leadership.

    The right to gender justice underpins all of our work.

  3. Oxfam red medical bag icon

    When disaster strikes, we are there. We help people caught up in natural disasters and conflict. We typically provide clean water, food and sanitation in disaster zones. As far as we can, we strive to ensure that civilians are protected too. We also seek to reduce the risk to poor people of future disasters by continuing to work with them long after the immediate crisis is over.

  4. Oxfam planet icon

    Natural resources are vital for prosperity and poor people are often not getting their fair share. This situation is worsened by the impacts of climate change that the international community is failing to address properly. We lobby governments, international organizations and corporations for fairer land policies and action on climate change.

  5. Oxfam plate and cutlery icon

    To stop people going hungry, we work to secure global food supplies so that people always have enough to eat.
    Already, almost a billion of us go to bed hungry every night. Not because there isn't enough. But because of the deep injustice in the way the food system works. We can GROW in a better way – one that contributes much more to human wellbeing.

  6. Oxfam dollar icon

    Being able to access basic services such as health and education is essential to people’s well-being and to human development. We push to secure adequate financial flows to sustain basic services for poor people.


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The Power of People Against Poverty: Oxfam Strategic Plan 2013 - 2019

Fighting poverty in action

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GROW-ing women food champions (2013)

The GROW female food champion competition in Tanzania attracted over 6000 nominations from women farmers and producers, but who would be recognized as Mama SujaWaChakula, a woman champion?

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Coping with climate change in China

Our work with small farmers in China to grow crops better adapted to the climate, combined with lobbying authorities to more actively involve villagers in decision making is yielding results.

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Early response to the Sahel food crisis

Building on lessons learned the previous year, our early response to the food crisis in the Sahel in 2012 reached almost a million people across Mauritania, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Chad.