“We are a movement that won’t live with poverty”.
Who we are
Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to build a future where everybody enjoys equal rights and has enough to eat every day. Together with our partners, we are working in more than 90 countries to build this positive future now. We save, protect and rebuild lives in times of crisis, support lasting solutions to poverty, tackle inequality and stand up together to break down the barriers that keep people poor.
What we believe in
The power of people fighting inequality to beat poverty
We have a vision of a just world, a world where people are valued and treated equally, a world without poverty. We want a more equal world where a life of dignity and opportunity is not a privilege for some, but a right for everyone. To beat poverty, we must all have the power to influence decisions affecting our lives.
And we believe this world is within our grasp. Although the number of people going hungry is once more on the rise, extreme poverty has halved—in just 15 years. Today there are more people living without poverty than ever before. More communities are able to survive disasters. More girls are getting an education. More families have cleaner water. Working together we can still be the generation that ends this extreme poverty and reaches toward eradicating the injustice of poverty for everyone, everywhere.
We must act now, continue to act, and act together.
Oxfam is committed to working with partners, allies, and communities in need to get us back on track, to create lasting solutions to the underlying causes, and to beat poverty once and for all.
Our purpose is to help create lasting solutions to the injustice of poverty. We are part of a global movement for change, empowering people to create a future that is secure, just and free from poverty. And we are building this positive future now.
Our values are at the core of everything we do:
Everyone, from our staff and supporters to people living in poverty, should feel they can make change happen.
We take full responsibility for our actions and hold ourselves accountable. We believe that others - individuals as well as companies and governments - should also be held accountable for their actions.
We seek out partnership and embrace inclusive decision-making. We believe everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences.
Our guiding principles
Oxfam’s mission and work are rights-based and grounded in our commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the associated Treaties and Covenants.
We believe that with these rights secured all of us can act to make the world a better place.
The right to life and security
Conflict, natural disasters, climate change, and poverty drives millions from their homes each year. They have a right to safety, a livelihood, and essential aid.
The right to a sustainable livelihood
We live in a world of plenty, no one need go hungry.
The right to essential services
More than half the world’s population have no access to social protection. We should all have access to healthcare and a basic safety net.
The right to be heard
Poverty and inequality diminish the voices of those in need of being heard. We want everybody to have a say in their lives, in their future.
The right to an identity
We all have a right to an identity, to exist, as citizens who can make changes, and as individuals who should be treated equally regardless of who they are.