Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are sometimes challenged about their legitimacy to speak out on issues such as world poverty. Oxfam's authority to do so is based on the following:
- Oxfam's experience is wide-ranging and in-depth.
- We have worked with poor people in developing countries for more than 70 years.
- Currently, we're working with more than 1,000 partners in more than 90 countries.
- We employ local people who understand the issues that keep local communities trapped in poverty.
- Our development and humanitarian work is respected by the international community, southern and northern governments, our partner organisations, allies, and other agencies.
- More than 400,000 people in the UK support Oxfam's work through monthly giving.
- Oxfam is an independent charity, and as such does not align itself to any governments.
Oxfam also carries out important advocacy and policy work, to make sure that governments and international organisations understand the needs of poor people, and work towards improving their lives. Members of the public who campaign for Oxfam help us to convey these messages and to increase awareness of our work.