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What we do

We won't live with poverty

Oxfam is a global movement of millions of people who share the belief that, in a world rich in resources, poverty isn't inevitable. This is just some of what we do.

When disaster strikes Oxfam's priority is to start saving lives, then to help people come back stronger.

We make sure people can get clean water to drink and decent sanitation. We provide help for people to get food and the essentials they need to survive and ensure the most vulnerable are kept safe from harm.

We support them in being better prepared to cope with shocks and uncertainties and we help rebuild communities to come back stronger from disaster and to face the future on their own terms.

Current emergencies 

Meet Anita

Anita will never forget the day her house fell down - the day a massive earthquake devastated Nepal. It caused extensive damage and affected more than 3.5 million people.

Anita was sowing potato seeds onto her family's land when her home was damaged by the earthquake that hit Nepal in April 2015. 17 days later the second quake hit and her house was destroyed.

Oxfam reached over 445,000 people with your support and Anita was just one of them, we distributed over 54,000 emergency and improved shelter kits. Oxfam is staying in the affected areas in order to continue the relief and recovery work and link it to longer term reconstruction and development.


Make a regular donation to our emergency fund so we can be there fast every time disaster hits.

Oxfam's emergency fund

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.

Advancing women's rights and building fair livelihoods - these are the most effective ways to end poverty. 

Because when there's clean running water. When communities rebuild stronger after a crisis. When people can provide for their families. When women have a chance to live free from discrimination. When girls have the chance to gain an education. When we challenge the systems that keep people poor. When we work for a more equal and sustainable world. That's when we will end the injustice of poverty for everyone.

Meet Irene

Families in Zambia are falling into poverty, even as the country's economy grows at record pace. But one group of banana farmers are prospering against the odds - and together we can help many more people overcome inequality and sow the seeds for a brighter future.

Irene's mother was killed by a crocodile while collecting water for her land from the Zambezi river. It's perhaps no surprise, then, that when Oxfam asked Irene and her fellow farmers what support they would like, they chose a hydro-powered water pump to carry water away from the river and a solar-powered electric fence to protect crops from animals. Today, the group farms up to 14 tonnes of bananas each month - and not just any bananas… "We exhibited our bananas in the regional agricultural show and won first prize!"

See Irene's story

Oxfam works together across the world and in the UK to end the injustice of poverty for everyone.

See where we work 

From Downing Street to the World Bank, we make sure the voices of the world's poorest people are heard loud and clear. We bring our passionate supporters together to take action on big issues that keep people poor, like inequality, climate change and hunger.

We challenge the systems and institutions that are the cause of the injustice of poverty, to ensure lasting change.

Every action is powerful - signing a petition, pressuring big business, marching on Westminster. When we speak as one, world leaders listen.

Coal pollution: You're history

Emissions from burning coal are the single biggest driver of climate change, contributing to devastating weather events and increasingly unreliable seasons that are hitting the world's poorest and most vulnerable people first and hardest.

Thousands of Oxfam supporters pushed the UK government to end its reliance on coal energy by signing our petition and sharing our video starring Simon Pegg. In November 2015, the government announced they would phase out coal pollution by 2026 - a valuable step towards the UK meeting its own climate targets and contributing to even greater impact worldwide.

Take action now: Campaign for a better future for people living in poverty.

Campaign with us 

Oxfam GB's supporters are at the heart of what we do. You make possible our vital work with some of the world's poorest communities.

Every donation we receive, regardless of how big or small it is, makes a difference.

We can't do it without you. Run, bake, tweet, give, shop, speak out, even sky dive - how will you be part of the generation to end extreme poverty?

See Oxfam's promise to you, our supporters

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