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Oxfam International: Find Lasting Solutions to Poverty and Injustice Worldwide

Originally founded in Oxford, England in 1942 as the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief by a group of Quakers, social activists, and Oxford academics, Oxfam International has evolved into a confederation of 15 affiliate organizations working in 98 countries worldwide to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.

Originally founded in Oxford, England in 1942 as the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief by a group of Quakers, social activists, and Oxford academics, Oxfam International has evolved into a confederation of 15 affiliate organizations working in 98 countries worldwide to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.

The Oxfam International Secretariat leads, facilitates, and supports collaboration between the Oxfam affiliates to increase Oxfam's impact on poverty and injustice through advocacy campaigns, development programs, and emergency response. They help coordinate Oxfam International efforts to ensure that poor people around the world can improve their lives and livelihoods and are permitted an active voice in decisions that affect them.

Oxfam International’s other members include:

• Intermón Oxfam (Spain)

• Oxfam America

• Oxfam Australia

• Oxfam in Belgium

• Oxfam Canada

• Oxfam France - Agir Ici

• Oxfam Germany

• Oxfam Great Britain

• Oxfam Hong Kong

• Oxfam Ireland

• Oxfam India

• Oxfam México

• Oxfam Novib (the Netherlands)

• Oxfam New Zealand

• Oxfam Québec

In addition to these 15 affiliate organizations, Oxfam recognizes two "observer organizations" that also operate under the Oxfam name:

•Oxfam Italy

•Oxfam Japan

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With many poor communities throughout the world vulnerable to the same crises over and over again, Oxfam International seeks not to simply rebuild what was, but construct a more stable reality—improving lives and preparing people for the next disaster.

In the field, Oxfam International implements a well-designed three-phase plan:

1. Before disasters occur: Oxfam International has contingency plans to respond to emergencies in more than 100 countries--immediately and effectively. Working through local partners, the organization helps communities secure radio access, identify evacuation routes, and designate responsibilities—preparing them to implement their own solutions rather than waiting for outside aid.

2. When disaster strikes: Knowing that most lives are lost within the first 15 days of disaster, Oxfam International is immediately on the scene--acting on community-specific contingency plans to provide water, sanitation, and other forms of emergency assistance.

3. In the aftermath of disaster: When other organizations and efforts have left the scene, Oxfam International remains, taking the time to help people restore their assets and livelihoods; efforts that can take years.  By remaining on the scene, Oxfam strengthens communities and helps build resistance to future emergencies.

Oxfam America/Oxfam.America

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Oxfam America, one of the 15 affiliate organizations in the international confederation, is a relief and development organization that aims to establish long-lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. Together, with individuals and local groups in more than 90 countries, Oxfam America saves lives by helping people overcome poverty and fights for social justice.

Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Oxfam America became an independent, non-profit organization in 1970, and an Oxfam affiliate in response to the humanitarian crisis created by the fight for independence in Bangladesh. With a policy & campaigns office in Washington, D.C. as well as seven regional offices around the world, Oxfam America actively campaigns for climate change adaptation, food security, aid reform, access to medicines, and fair trade.

Oxfam America filming events at Gaza

What they do:

> Oxfam America works in the field, helping people gain the hope, skills, and direction to create a new future. They are also active in the global arena, addressing social injustice through advocacy, public education, and emergency assistance programs.

> When disaster strikes and people are displaced, Oxfam America is there to control waterborne disease.

> Oxfam America’s water and sanitation systems are used by the UN, Red Cross, and other agencies. For more than 20 years, they have set the standard for the quick and expert delivery of clean water, showers, and latrines. Oxfam's water kits—pipes, pumps, taps, and tanks—are organized to be trucked or flown in to any situation in under 48 hours.

> Oxfam America is part of ongoing efforts to maintain a continuing humanitarian presence in approximately 70 countries including Sudan, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and other “hotspots.”  Oxfam America responds to every major refugee crisis, averaging two to four large-scale emergencies each year.

> Oxfam America’s approximately 50 international technical staff are mechanical and civil engineers and hydrologists by trade. In emergencies, Oxfam America recruits additional staff--such as was the case when 1,800 local staff were recruited to assist the one million refugees during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.

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Oxfam American Unwrapped:

To help bring relief to the 90 countries around the world currently under their auspice, Oxfam America has designed a catalog containing unique gift items that symbolically represent their work, through which donations can be given. The items offered represent project goals from grants disbursed by their 7 global offices. The purchase of each gift item is a direct contribution toward Oxfam America's many programs, not a donation to a specific project or goal.  Donation are used where they are most needed.

Here's how it works:

1. Choose one of the more than 60 unique gifts provided in their online catalog for a friend or loved one.

2. You’ll receive a card with the image of your specific charitable gift which you can personalize online and have sent directly to your friend or loved one.  Or you can have the card delivered to you to write your own message.  (All “unwrapped” donations are tax deductible and you will get a receipt.)

3. With your donation, Oxfam will fund what’s needed most--whether it’s "a dozen chicks or school uniforms."  Donations go to the people most in need, where they will have the greatest impact at that time.

Oxfam International and Oxfam America rely on like-minded people to help them give poor people of the world the help and support they need to change their lives for the better.






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Comments (8)

Good info and research. Never really heard of Oxfam before now. I see no mention of Africa as an international member. Hope it will happen soon because such things are needed around here.

Thanks Daniel. It appears that many African countries are the recipients of the organization's efforts.

Good article on a worthy organization trying to make a difference. Sorry, I'm out of votes at this late hour.

Thanks, William.

Nice to know about this organization. There is a branch of this near our flat in Boscombe.

Great organization with noble objectives.I am really concerned with this area of alleviating poverty.Thanks James

Thanks, Abdel-moniem for your most valued comment. We should ALL be concerned with this issue.

I always wondered about the name.. but now I realize "Oxford" and feel like I should have known that before. good review of a good charity. Have you seen www.one.org?