When aid is used to support developing country budgets, provided long-term and without unecessary strings attached, governments in developing countries can make effective plans to help the poorest people in their country.
Aid makes a real difference to the lives of the poorest people around the world. It is a vital way to help to lift millions of people out of poverty. This short animation explains why.
Oxfam has been carrying out an emergency response to help thousands of families displaced by conflict in Pakistan's north and west. These are the voices of some of those affected by the conflict.
On March 12th, 2010, film students from Haiti's only film school Cine Institute in Jacmel, in partnership with Oxfam and FilmAid, asked Haitians about their priorities for rebuilding their country: jobs, schools and homes.
The W8 have one message and one voice: Universal access to free health and education is the most effective way to reach the Millennium Development Goals
Oxfam's water engineer Step Haiselden shows us how a water bladder is installed at the Marassa camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Tess Williams, Oxfam Humanitarian Coordinator, talks about life in a camp after the Haiti earthquake; how Oxfam is distributing hygiene items; and how a simple plastic sheet and bucket can make a huge difference to people's lives.
Paul Neal, Oxfam team leader of the shelter program in Haiti, talks about how young people are being given cash for work to put together shelter materials for those affected by the 12 January earthquake.
The Haitian people have begun tackling the hard work of recovery. Many are eager to contribute, looking for opportunities to earn money and to meet people's basic needs. Oxfam is employing people affected by the Haiti quake.
Oxfam has started to employ people affected by Haitis earthquake to clean up their makeshift camps and improve their living conditions. This cash-for-work effort will expand across the nine sites serving 80,000 people where Oxfam has recently installed clean water and latrines.