Annual report 2016
In fiscal year 2016, Oxfam America recorded our highest dollar investment in program services in our history. The primary drivers for this increase were the devastating earthquakes in Nepal in April 2015 and our response to the tragic global refugee crisis.
While Oxfam continues to respond to disasters around the world, in FY16 we intensified our efforts to change the international humanitarian system in fundamental ways. Each day we feel the system’s failings more deeply as climate driven emergencies and armed conflicts stretch our resources beyond their limits. Meanwhile, local humanitarians are being overlooked and underfunded. Oxfam is on the leading edge of a movement to shift disaster assistance closer to home. Our vision: a world in which the international community supports local humanitarian leadership wherever and whenever possible.
In a year as painful and turbulent as this one—on both the international and domestic fronts—we must not be distracted. We must not waver in our belief that reducing poverty and injustice is an achievable goal. Oxfam remains committed and inspired not only by local humanitarians who are reshaping the world, but also by the transformative power of our supporters.