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 and DRR 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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  • Inequality

    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 within countries is increasing around the world. It destabilises economies, damages societies and traps people in poverty. www.oxfam.org.uk/inequality

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  • 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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  • Gender justice 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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  • Citizens and states 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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  • Conflict and disasters Conflict and disasters title icon

    Internally displaced families living in Yar Hussain camp, Swabi district of North West Frontier Province of Pakistan.

    Oxfam responds to needs caused by conflict or natural disasters directly, but also supports national governments and local partner organisations to respond in emergencies.

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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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  • Water, health and education Water Health and Education title icon

    A boy washes himself at a water pipe in Kebkabiye, North Darfur. Eva-Lotta Jansson/Oxfam America

    We meet the need for water and sanitation in crises and campaign with others for better provision and financing of essential services.

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  • Methods and approaches Methods and Approaches title icon

    Emelina Dominguez, agricultural technician, 42, watering broccoli. (Honduras, 2007)

    All Oxfam’s work is under-pinned by a rights-based approach. We believe that all people have social, economic, political, and civil rights, as well as rights under humanitarian law.

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  • Poverty in the UK UKPP icon reverse

    A 'Tea in the Pot' community group meeting

    Our work in the UK supports our vision that everyone should have enough to live on and should be treated with respect and dignity no matter how much money they have.

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