Frequently asked questions

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Here are some of the most common questions we receive each week.

  1. How can I work for Oxfam?
  2. How can I volunteer for Oxfam International?
  3. How can I work as an intern with Oxfam International?
  4. Where can I find detailed information on Oxfam partners and projects?
  5. Where can I find research information on Oxfam International for my studies?
  6. How can I participate in Oxfam International’s campaigning events?
  7. How can I get a loan or grant to cover my studies?
  8. Where can I find financial information on Oxfam International?
  9. How can I seek funding from Oxfam International?
  10. Where can I find information on how to set up an Oxfam or become an affiliate organization?
  11. How can I contact a particular Oxfam staff member?
  12. How can I raise a complaint?
  13. Can I link to the Oxfam International website?

1. How can I work for Oxfam?

Current jobs with the International Secretariat of Oxfam are advertised on our Jobs page.

The vacancies listed are with the Oxfam International Secretariat, and with Oxfam Affiliates - our 17 member organizations based in different countries.

Due to the number of enquiries we receive, we can only respond to applications for specific Oxfam International Secretariat job postings and we cannot keep CVs on file.

2. How can I volunteer for Oxfam?

Volunteers play a key role help Oxfam achieve its mission to reduce poverty and injustice around the world, from office work to helping in shops or stewarding at events and concerts. The International Secretariat of Oxfam does not place volunteers overseas, but the Oxfam affiliates around the world rely on volunteers in a wide variety of capacities. Please check the website of your nearest Oxfam affiliate, for further information on volunteering.

As the International Secretariat of Oxfam (OI) is a small office based in the UK, when we need a volunteer, we tend to work through Oxfam GB, which has an extensive volunteer recruitment system.

Please note that while we appreciate the interest shown by those wishing to do voluntary work with OI, we do not have the resources to keep volunteer applications on file.

3. How can I work as an intern with Oxfam?

Oxfam's International Secretariat often runs short-term, voluntary, unpaid internships comprising a single role, based in either our Oxford, UK office or one of our Advocacy offices. Please refer to the job description for the location of individual internships.

We will list any available internship opportunities on our Jobs page.

These internships offer the opportunity to work on a specific project or discipline within one team. Although we cannot guarantee employment beyond the internship, our internships are designed to offer work experience, and interns are welcome to apply for our paid vacancies.

Unfortunately, due to limited resources, we cannot keep resumes/CVs on file, so please only respond to advertised vacancies.

Please also check with the individual Oxfam affiliates, as each one runs its own internship program.

4. Where can I find detailed information on Oxfam partners and projects?

In all our actions Oxfam’s goal is to enable people to exercise their rights and manage their own lives. From long-term program work and short-term emergency relief to immediate campaign action, Oxfam believes in empowering people. Oxfam strives to work with local partners and takes a rights-based approach to our development work.

As Oxfam – 17 affiliates working together with thousands of partner organizations in countries around the world – we have a huge diversity of programs and partners. You'll find a range of information about our work in different countries in the stories, articles and blogs we post. For more detailed partner and project information, please visit the websites of the Oxfam affiliates.

5. Where can I find research information on Oxfam for my studies?

We receive thousands of requests each year from school children and students asking for help. Unfortunately, due to our limited resources we cannot advise research students on an individual basis nor assist with specific questions. We are also unable to arrange interviews, answer questionnaires or arrange visits to our projects.

Oxfam produces a wealth of information, covering various topics. For an overview of the range of Oxfam’s activities, see our latest Annual Report. A comprehensive list of research reports and policy papers can be found in the Policy section of our website.

There is also a great deal of useful information available on all the Oxfam websites, particularly in the policy and resources areas. The Oxfam affiliate organizations may also be able to respond directly – see our Contact page for details and links to the Oxfam affiliate sites.

In addition, through its Oxfam Publishing division, Oxfam GB publishes and distributes a range of publications range of books, journals, reports, training resources, videos, and policy papers.

6. How can I participate in Oxfam’s campaigning events?

Oxfam campaigns for changes that will make the world safer and more just for its poorest and most vulnerable people. Working with a global team of campaigners and allied organizations and partners, we are currently campaigning in these main areas: agriculture; climate change; trade and economic justice; health and education; and arms control. Take action online now. Or follow the links below to find out how you can get involved.


Too many still toil in extreme poverty. On the other extreme, income and wealth are increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few. The widening gap between the richest and poorest is damaging economies and pushing more people into poverty.  Extreme inequality is not inevitable, and there are practical ways to close the gap. Cracking down on financial secrecy keeping trillions hidden in tax havens will release resources for development and fighting poverty.  And investing in universal education and healthcare are critical for ending poverty and inequality. We back efforts to invest in health and education services, to make cheaper and better medicines available in developing countries, and to fix global tax rules. 

Food, farming and hunger

Right now, one in eight people go to bed hungry every night. Not because there isn’t enough food to go around, but because of deep power imbalances and lack of access to resources like fertile land and clean water.

Food prices are rising. Bio-fuel crops are competing for land with food crops. Why is this happening? Governments, international institutions and business make choices that make it a struggle for poor people to make a living from the land. We think they can do better. So do our partners. We are raising our voice to fight hunger by making sure that people can access the food they need, and addressing the root causes of hunger by bringing people together to challenge injustice.

Climate Change

Climate change is driving many of the world’s poorest people dangerously close to the edge of survival. For poor people, who are dependent on predictable weather patterns, the damage brought about to land and crops – whether by increased flooding, droughts, or rising sea levels – can mean no food, no earnings, and no way to secure a better future. If we don’t want to see the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people suffer more, we must act now to curb the impact of climate change.

Control Arms

By 2020, the number of deaths and injuries from war and violence will overtake the number of deaths caused by killer diseases such as malaria and measles. A joint campaign with Amnesty International, the International Action Network on Small Arms, and Oxfam, the Control Arms campaign aims to establish an international Arms Trade Treaty, which will ultimately prevent weapons ending up in the hands of human rights abusers, and fuelling conflict and poverty.

7. How can I get a loan or grant to cover my studies?

The Oxfam International Secretariat and our affiliate organizations share a policy not to provide loans or grants to individuals, preferring to use our limited resources to support groups of people in the countries where we work to set up development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy projects that will benefit a whole community, region or nation.

However, to find answers to your general financial aid questions, we recommend the following helpful websites:

8. Where can I find financial information on Oxfam?

A summary of Oxfam International’s combined expenditure by region can be found in our most recent Annual Report.

In addition, all of the Oxfam affiliates have published annual reports on their websites which include details of expenditure. If you require more detailed figures about a particular Oxfam affiliate's expenditure, please contact them directly through the Contact section of this website.

9. How can I seek funding from Oxfam?

All the Oxfam affiliates share a policy not to provide loans or grants to individuals, preferring to use our limited resources to support groups of people in the countries where we work to set up development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy projects that will benefit a whole community, region or nation.

The International Secretariat of Oxfam is not a funding body and is not directly involved with program decisions such as choosing or funding partners. These decisions are made by our members in line with the Oxfam International global strategy.

You should therefore approach Oxfam affiliates directly. Our member organizations can then respond according to their program priorities. You will find a list of which Oxfams operate in which countries in the Development section of this site. Additionally, contact details for all Oxfam affiliates may be found in the Contact section.

10. Where can I find information on how to set up an Oxfam or become an affiliate organization?

The Oxfam Board has determined that our growth as a confederation should be strategic and phased. This involves a manageable rate of intake of new members, with priority given to those areas that would strengthen our ability to achieve our strategic aims.

When looking to develop an affiliation in a new country, we work with well-established national NGOs which can demonstrate shared values and experience in a range of activities and approaches, in keeping with existing Oxfam members.

If you would like to get involved personally, check out the Get involved section of our site, or contact your nearest Oxfam to see what you can do locally. Also, be sure to sign up for our monthly e-mail newsletter, for a brief snapshot of the latest Oxfam International news, program work, campaign updates and recent policy papers.

For a fuller explanation of the beliefs, strategic aims, approaches and current members of Oxfam International, please take a look at our Strategic Plan and constitutional documents, which can be found in the About us area of this site.

11. How can I contact a particular Oxfam staff member?

You will find contact information for all the Oxfam affiliate organizations in the Contact area of this website. When contacting Oxfam, please make clear the specific information you need or the reason for your inquiry – this will help us respond more quickly.

You can reach the International Secretariat of Oxfam by telephone: +44 1865 780 100, or by mail: Oxfam International, Oxfam House, John Smith Drive, Oxford OX4 2JY, United Kingdom, or send an email using the on-line form on our Contact page.

12. How can I raise a complaint?

Oxfam believes that any stakeholder has the right to raise a complaint, have that complaint addressed and receive a response for mistakes, wrongful actions or breaches of the codes to which Oxfam confederation and its affiliates subscribe. Every effort will be made to address and resolve the complaints at the Oxfam confederation and affiliate levels. All complaints will be logged.

  • Complaints about Oxfam affiliates
    In the first instance complaints about an affiliate's activities should be referred to the relevant affiliate. Please find the full list of Oxfam’s 17 affiliates in our contact page. 
  • Complaints about Oxfam confederation
    Where there is a complaint about the joint activities of the Oxfam confederation (e.g. an international campaign, program, or advertising, etc.) or its secretariat, or if the complaint has not been satisfactorily addressed by the affiliate, please contact the Oxfam International Executive Director in writing using the following contact details:

    Oxfam International
    Oxfam House
    John Smith Drive
    Oxford OX4 2JY
    United Kingdom

More details on our complaints mechanisms and procedures are available on our Governance page, in our Board Accountability Policies (3.1 Making a complaint).

13. Can I link to the Oxfam International website?

Yes – please do! Oxfam works with communities, allies and partner organizations, undertaking long-term development, emergency work and research, and campaigning for a fairer world.

Some good pages to link to are:

Still can’t find what you’re looking for?

Send us an email using the form on our Contact page.

Oxfam is an international confederation of seventeen organizations networked together in 92 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty: Oxfam America, Oxfam Australia, Oxfam-in-Belgium, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam France, Oxfam Germany, Oxfam GB, Oxfam Hong Kong, Oxfam India, Oxfam Intermón (Spain), Oxfam Ireland, Oxfam Italy, Oxfam Japan, Oxfam Mexico, Oxfam New Zealand, Oxfam Novib (Netherlands), and Oxfam Québec. Links to all their websites can be found at the bottom of this page.

Information dated: September 2014.

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