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Our work

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 highlights just some of the programming, advocacy and research that Oxfam undertakes in order to achieve these aims.

  • Climate change Climate Change title icon

    New drip irrigation techniques in use in Peru to adapt to diminishing water resources. Credit: Gilvan Barreto/Oxfam

    Vulnerability to disaster and climate change perpetuates poverty and suffering and stands in the way of people - particularly women - being able to enjoy their basic rights.

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  • Food and livelihoods Food and livelihoods title icon

    Ethimilata Gabriel, 46, farmer and teacher. Credit: Simon Rawles/Oxfam

    We want to see the number of people living in extreme poverty (on less than $1 a day) halved by 2015, and the extreme wealth disparities between and within countries greatly reduced.

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  • Gender justice and women's rights Gender Justice title icon

    Sahrulnissa and other women in her village joined 'March of AAROH' which demands co-ownership of land for women. (India, 2011)

    Women and girls form the majority of those living in poverty. Achieving gender justice is a matter of basic rights and also a key means of addressing poverty.

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  • Governance and citizenship Citizen icon

    Sotzil community in Guatemala, where Oxfam-partner CONIC worked to support the rights of indigenous people. Credit: Annie Bungeroth/Oxfam

    Effective, accountable states are essential for overcoming poverty and inequality. Poor and marginalised people have the right to a say in decisions that affect their lives.

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  • Humanitarian Conflict and disasters title icon

    Oxfam's Vincent Malasador gives support and reassurance to a recipient during the distribution of hygiene items in Paypay north Cebu in November,2013.

    Oxfam specialises in responding to emergencies and has a global reputation for speed, scale, and innovation

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  • Inequality Inequality icon - white

    6 year-old Hamida Cyimana, is writing on the blackboard used by her father who is a teacher while waiting for him to come home. Kigali, Rwanda. (Credit: Simon Rawles)

    Extreme economic inequality is increasing around the world; destabilising economies, damaging societies and trapping people in poverty.

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  • Land rights Land rights icon - white

    When the Municipality sold Boeung Kak lake for “luxury development”, the lake was filled with sand resulting in the flooding of thousands of family homes. (Credit: Emma Hardy/ Oxfam)

    3 in 4 people currently living in poverty survive on farming, making land an indispensable asset for more than 900 million women and men worldwide.

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  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

    Caroline Angom collecting water from one of twelve water points in Amida displaced camp, Uganda. Credit: Geoff Sayer/Oxfam

    In over 50 countries worldwide, we work in rural and urban areas, and in camps and host communities for refugees and internally-displaced persons.

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  • Youth

    Placing youth at the heart of programme design to ensure that programmes are led not only for but also with and by youth.

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