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Fundraising impact stories


When an emergency happens, Oxfam is there to respond. We have a global reputation for speed, scale and efficiency. We are one of the world's leading providers of humanitarian aid in emergencies with recognised technical expertise in clean water, public health, food security and the protection of civilians. Right now, Oxfam is responding. And we couldn't do it without the vital funds from incredible supporters like you...

For every pound Oxfam spends

On average for every £1 Oxfam spends, 84p goes on our emergency, development and campaigning work, 9p is spent on support and running costs and 7p is invested to generate future income.

Of the 84p spent on emergency, development and campaigning work, the breakdown is as follows: 43p went on humanitarian emergencies, 39p on longer-term development and 2p on campaigning and advocacy. View Oxfam GB's 2018/19 Annual Report here.

Emergency response

Right now, Oxfam is responding to emergencies around the world.

Democratic Republic of Congo

We are currently in the Democratic Republic of Congo where years of conflict and corruption has created one of the world's worst humanitarian crises. To date we have helped:

  • 89,000 people with food rations
  • 81,000 with immediate emergency assistance
  • 42,000 people to access fresh, clean water

Find out more about Oxfam's work in the Democratic Republic of Congo


In Bangladesh, over a million Rohingya people need life-saving assistance and we are there helping 185,000 people access clean water, sanitation and emergency food supplies.

We have set up water treatment plants that are pumping clean water to entire camps and constructed 494 tube wells.

Read more about Oxfam's response

Oxfam's Bekki Frost reports from Bangladesh


In Yemen, where families are on the brink of famine, Oxfam are there. For those who have had to flee their homes, we have provided 1800 toilets and distributed 2,400 cholera prevention kits which will keep 17,000 people safe.

Read more about Oxfam's work in Yemen

See our programme manager's report

Lake Chad Basin

We are currently responding in the Lake Chad Basin, where conflict has affected an astonishing 20 million people in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger. Oxfam is responding to increased risk of cholera outbreaks in the rainy season. So far, we have assisted 500,000 people to access food and non-food items.

See an example of our work

Development work

As well as our lifesaving emergency work, we work at grassroots level, promoting development, helping people to help themselves out of poverty supporting their right to work and provide for their loved ones.


In Zimbabwe, Oxfam has built irrigation systems in rural villages to provide a life changing resource. In Ipaishe's district, 80 farmers can farm more effectively which has benefitted 25,000 people from increased food production. Ipaishe herself has reported a 240% increase in her crop yields. Watch her story



In Rwanda, Oxfam has joined forces with a cooperative to help female pineapple famers. We have helped certify the cooperative as organic which means that they can now export their farmed pineapple, accessing better markets where demand is higher.

Read more about Oxfam's work in Rwanda

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