Oxfam has been fighting poverty since 1942. We were born in Oxford, and we're still here. This is where we built the UK's first ever charity shop, in 1948. That's still there, too.
In our early years we took on hunger in Greece and elsewhere in Europe. Hard to believe, but it wasn't until the 1950s that Oxfam started fighting poverty in Africa, India and South America.
As support grew, the 1960s saw the creation of new Oxfam offices in Canada and Belgium. Today, we're proud that there are 19 Oxfam affiliates around the world, each raising money in its own country, to fight poverty worldwide.
With thousands of people joining in, staying organised is vital. That's why, in 1994, we set up Oxfam International (OI) to co-ordinate the work of all the different Oxfam affiliates. And in 2017, we made sure all staff running our life-changing work in each country report through a single Oxfam International structure - saving money and making our work way more efficient. But we remain responsible and have complete oversight of how the money is spent.
As part of this process, OI began to move its headquarters to Nairobi, Kenya - closer to the people we serve. Developing countries are growing ever more influential; stronger roots and deeper representation here help us have an even greater impact for everyone.
Meanwhile, the poverty-beating work that hundreds of thousands of staff and volunteers make possible continues. Through the UK Charity Commission, we're still accountable to you for every penny you donate - and the money you give still pays for seeds, taps, tools and school books: whatever's necessary to help people work, learn and grow their way out of poverty - wherever they are.