Working Together: Oxfam's partnership principles and program standards

Oxfam partnership principles

Partnerships lie at the core of how Oxfam understands the world and our role in working for change.

We are pleased to share this summary of Oxfam’s Partnership Principles, and other key documents which guide our work with others. By setting out our partnership principles and program operating and evaluation standards, we hope to clarify, and be held to account for, the kinds of relationships we want to foster with different types of partners, and the positive change we aim to achieve.

All of Oxfam’s work in long-term development, humanitarian response and disaster prevention, and campaigns and advocacy will be guided by these principles.

Working together, as part of a global movement for change

Oxfam aspires to make a sustained and significant positive impact on global poverty and injustice. We believe that it is only through the collective efforts of many actors that this goal can be achieved.

We think of this as a ‘global movement for change’, which we believe is creating the conditions and structural changes necessary for effective, people-centered, sustainable change and development.

As part of this movement, we work in a variety of partnerships in dozens of countries around the world and at global level.

Our aim is to bring value by:

  • helping to bring together different actors to work on common problems
  • supporting organizational and institutional capacity-strengthening
  • generating and sharing knowledge, whether produced at local or global levels
  • promoting innovation and alternative solutions that may be brought to scale
  • helping to hold duty-bearers to account for recognizing, protecting and fulfilling the rights of women and men living with poverty and injustice.

We welcome all opportunities to discuss with you our performance, and how we can improve. Oxfam is part of an on-going worldwide effort of nearly 70 international NGOs to assess their performance according to the views of the local partners that these NGOs help to fund and with whom they work.