Responding to emergencies
We're world leading experts in public health in emergencies. And we have a long record of saving lives in a crisis.
We also provide hygiene kits, seeds and tools, vaccinations and fodder for livestock, and food. And we train health promoters, lobby people in power to protect those affected by conflicts, and give people cash for work.
As part of the Oxfam International confederation, we work in more than 90 countries and that means we're usually right there when an emergency happens - ready to respond right away. Like the drought in East Africa in 2011, or the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010. We were there before the UN declared a crisis, providing clean water, latrines and hygiene kits.
Campaigning for action
Oxfam lobbies governments and bodies like the UN, influencing international responses to conflicts and disasters - not only by raising funds for relief work and pressing for swifter aid, but also to end the injustices that lie at the root of so many conflicts and disasters.
We also campaign to curb the supply of arms that fuel violence. For the past decade, along with allies such as Amnesty International and IANSA, we have been calling for strict controls on the global trade in arms, through the Control Arms campaign.
Tens of thousands of Oxfam supporters have helped persuade the majority of the world's governments to develop an Arms Trade Treaty. On 2 April 2013, history was made at the UN as countries agreed for the first time that the global arms trade must be brought under control.