Oxfam is an international confederation of charitable organisations focused on overcoming global poverty. Its remit ranges from saving lives and developing projects that put poor people in charge of their lives and livelihoods, to campaigning for change that lasts.
Oxfam fights poverty in three ways: Campaigning, Development and Emergency Response.
Campaigning for change: Poverty isn’t just about lack of resources. In a wealthy world it’s about bad decisions made by powerful people. Oxfam campaigns hard, putting pressure on leaders for real lasting change.
Development work: Poor people can take control, solve their own problems, and rely on themselves – with the right support. Fighting poverty, Oxfam funds long-term work worldwide.
Emergency response: People need help in an emergency – fast. Oxfam saves lives, swiftly delivering aid, support and protection; and the organisation helps people prepare for future crises.
Oxfam also has around 670 shops in the UK and an online shop selling over 100,000 volunteer-listed second-hand clothes, books, music and collectables, plus Fairtrade and eco gifts.