Oxfam.  On our own we're only human. Together, we're Humankind.

We want to inspire more and more people to make the world a better place. Be Humankind is about making this happen by communicating the real us. At its heart is Oxfam’s belief in the collective power of people. That there is no ‘them’, only ‘us’. And that by working together we can achieve anything.   We aren’t just against poverty – we are for humanity.

Oxfam is a key player in the global humanitarian system, working with local communities and partners, governmental bodies, other international agencies, and consortiums. We work with others to encourage and enable the participation of people living in poverty, increase sustainability, and increase our impact.

Oxfam follows internationally-recognised guidelines for humanitarian response including the Sphere Humanitarian Charter and the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief.

Our goal

All women, men and children affected by conflict or natural disasters will be protected from violence and receive the humanitarian aid that they need.

Oxfam responds to such need directly, but also supports national governments and local partner organisations to respond in emergencies.  Oxfam combines its programme response with global and national campaigning to ensure that the rights of people affected by conflict and disaster are upheld.

Key strategies

Responding to crises

  • Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Promotion (WASH) - Oxfam is a leading humanitarian agency in the WASH sector, capable of providing clean water to hundreds of thousands of people following disasters such as the Haiti earthquake and Pakistan floods, or where people have been displaced by violence. 
  • Public health - during emergencies we work with local partners and communities to reduce public health risks and promote the safety and dignity of emergency-affected communities. 
  • Emergency Food Security and Livelihoods (EFSL) - Oxfam's EFSL specialists are at the cutting edge of humanitarian thinking with the development of cash transfer and market-based approaches.
  • Protection - Oxfam recognises that women and men must have equal access to assistance and protection and that their needs may be different.

Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Disaster risk reduction work is increasingly important due to the affect of climate change on the most vulnerable people.
  • We are working with partners, vulnerable communities and their governments to improve risk analysis, adaptation measures, and contingency planning.
  • Oxfam prioritises the building of local capacity in our country and regional teams, and our partner organisations to respond to humanitarian emergencies.

Advocacy priorities

Campaigning for 'Rights in Crisis'

Oxfam campaigns nationally, regional and globally, together with partner organisations, for the rights of the individual in humanitarian emergencies to be recognised and protected. Our priorities are that:

  • In humanitarian crises, the international community should provide timely, well co-ordinated, and adequate provision of relief and recovery assistance, and better support national governments and local actors to prevent and respond to those crises.
  • There should be greater investment in disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness.
  • Governments should place the protection of civilians in conflict situations at the heart of their foreign policy, and UN peacekeeping missions should be effective in protecting people from violence, including through engagement with conflict-affected communities.
  • Government donors must ensure that their aid is directed towards reducing poverty and suffering, and not be used for their political or security objectives.
  • The international community should agree an arms trade treaty that will require all countries to have in place a national system for the licensing and control of international transfers of conventional arms.

We currently focus much of our effort on the long-term crises in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Afghanistan and Pakistan, but also respond to new crises as they emerge, such as the conflict in the Côte d'Ivoire and the drought in the Horn of Africa.

We take up the key issues affecting communities, calling on national governments and the international community to fulfil their obligations.

Any funds raised in 2013 will go towards sustainable projects in Africa. This means they will all go towards long-term on-going goals - such as providing agricultural training for people in rural villages so that they can then support their own families, pay for their family's education, and so ensure that their children will be able to go into the future with a better chance of success. We don't want to have to help the same people again and again. We want them to be able to help themselves towards their own better future.


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