Our Approach

Oxfam takes a rights-based approach to its development, humanitarian and campaign work. We believe that all people are entitled to decent work and income security and to essential services such as health and education, and that everyone should have gender equality, security from conflict and disasters, and be able to participate in social and political life. This section outlines some of the methods and approaches we undertake to achieve these aims.

  • Aid and development finance Aid and Development title icon

    Marie Blackburn, Oxfam Air Operations Manager, supervises the lift off of the Oxfam helicopter. (Pakistan, 2005)

    Good quality aid saves lives and helps people to work their way out of poverty. Without increased aid and debt relief, the Millennium Development Goals will not be met.

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  • ICT in Programme

    ICT in programme

    Exploring how applications of ICTs can enable Oxfam to enhance the quality, accessibility and efficiency of our programming.

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  • Open information and transparency

    Collecting water from a new Oxfam installed, borehole in Turkana, Kenya, April 2012. Credit: Kieran Doherty/Oxfam

    We are committed to being transparent in our work and accountable to our key stakeholders, in particular people living in poverty. We share information with people living in poverty,

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  • Private sector and markets Private Sector title icon

    Maize drying in Ethiopia.

    Business has great potential for alleviating poverty. We want to maximise the contribution that business can make towards poverty reduction.

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  • Programme quality

    Fishing in Madhya Pradesh, India

    We are committed to strengthening our ability to capture and communicate our effectiveness, in order learn what does and does not work in our efforts to overcome poverty and suffering

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  • Research

    Drying books in the sun in Vanuatu (Credit: Vlad Sokhin/Panos/OxfamAUS)

    Research enables Oxfam to plan strategically, campaign with credibility, and design and learn lessons from our programme work.

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  • Strategic funding partnerships

    Strategic funding partnerships

    Strategic, flexible funding from donors enables civil society organisations, like Oxfam, to operate more effectively and efficiently, to develop strategically, to take risks and innovate,

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