Oxfam's mission and vision
Oxfam is a global organization that fights inequality to end poverty and injustice. We offer lifesaving support in times of crisis and advocate for economic justice, gender equality, and climate action. We demand equal rights and equal treatment so that everyone can thrive, not just survive. The future is equal.
Inequality is the most pressing issue of our time. And for 80 years, people like you have fueled our mission to end poverty and injustice. From the highlands of Central America and the corn fields of Uganda to the shores of the southern Gulf Coast in the US, Oxfam and our supporters are fighting to guarantee a life of dignity for every person in crisis and to challenge billionaires, corporations, governments, and international financial institutions to do better.
The story of our future starts with you. Join Oxfam today and let’s build a more equal future—together.
Oxfam’s history: A brief timeline
In 1942, Oxfam campaigned for food to be sent to hungry women and children in Greece during the Second World War. Over time, our humanitarian work grew alongside programs designed to achieve equitable, sustainable development through the power of people.
The 1970s & 1980s
When US government policy in Central America and Southeast Asia supported political repression, armed conflict, and human rights violations of the rural poor, Oxfam sounded the alarm with supporters in the halls of Congress and at the White House for change.
At the turn of the century, we fought to end trade policies and practices that harmed low-income nations. We built support for corporate accountability.
In 2017, when the Trump administration launched a flagrant assault on immigrants, refugees, women, communities of color, and climate science, Oxfam took to the streets, went to court, and called on Congress and the administration to ensure that the US lived up to our ideals.
How does Oxfam fight inequality?
We offer lifesaving support to people in times of crisis—right now.
Oxfam works with a global network of local organizations to address urgent humanitarian needs and protect lives when disaster strikes.
We deliver clean water, food, cash, and information to communities made vulnerable by climate change, gender-based violence, exploitation, illness, and war—working closely with local leaders who know how best to help people in need.
We tackle the root causes of poverty—for the long term.
Oxfam works to dismantle unequal systems that perpetuate poverty and injustice, rejecting the extreme concentration of wealth and power that drives inequality.
We fight for everyone to pay their fair share of taxes and for companies to provide a living wage. We work to solve the care crisis and push for climate action, for a healthy and sustainable food system, and for the rights of workers, women, and farmers who source the food and make the products we enjoy.
What are Oxfam's focus areas?
Inequality sits at the intersection of our work. We critically examine how this root cause of poverty and injustice shapes disparities around gender, race, and wealth. We make lasting change happen by bringing people together, connecting legislators and leaders in the private and public sectors with communities directly affected by poverty and injustice.
Economic justice & equal rights
Oxfam champions workers’ rights and challenges the extreme concentration of global wealth and power. We fight efforts by elites to divide us based on race, gender, nationality, and class so that no one goes to bed hungry and everyone has an equal chance to succeed. Learn more.
Women’s rights & gender justice
Oxfam partners with feminist and women-led organizations to end gender discrimination in all its forms and to help women and girls live free from violence while controlling their own destinies. Learn more.
Oxfam offers lifesaving support in times of crisis and advocates for the rights of people searching for safety. We work with local leaders who are best placed to respond when disaster strikes their communities and best placed to alleviate suffering caused by climate impacts, economic injustice, and violence. Learn more.
Oxfam supports climate solutions crafted by the people and communities most affected by the climate crisis and calls on wealthy polluters to reduce their emissions, pay their fair share of damages, and support a fair transition from fossil fuels to a sustainable and just energy future. Learn more.