Oxfam believes that fighting poverty is about fighting injustice.
Poverty often arises from the violation of people’s basic rights. When someone is denied the right to own land, the right to education, access to basic services like clean water, a fair price for the crops they grow, or a fair wage for the work they do, the result is poverty.
Oxfam helps people learn about their basic rights and how to defend them.
By educating people about their rights, we help to build strong communities that compel governments and other institutions to deliver on their responsibilities. When citizens hold their governments accountable, they can change the systems that keep people trapped in poverty.
Laws, policies, and institutions have an enormous impact on poverty.
Yet, poor people are not consulted about major issues like international trade law, climate change talks, or how wealthy countries administer foreign aid programs that are supposed to help them. We work to help people directly affected by laws and policies to have a voice in their formulation. And we wage campaigns to convince decision makers to respect the views of poor communities.
You can join the effort. Everyone—including you—has a part to play in the fight against poverty and injustice.
With the power of many voices speaking together, we can call on companies and legislators to change the laws and practices that keep people in poverty. We can also raise awareness and inspire action on some of the world's most urgent issues.
Oxfam is an international confederation of 14 like-minded organizations that collaborate on global campaigns. But we can't do it alone. We need your voice and your support. No matter who you are, or how busy you are, you can make a difference.