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Our goals and values

We are a confederation of 19 Oxfam affiliates working in over 90 countries, all working as one Oxfam on six goals that support our shared vision of a just world without poverty.

Watch video: Oxfam's 6 goals explained

Oxfam's Strategic Plan 2013-19 (PDF, 584KB)

The Power of People against Poverty: Oxfam International's Executive Director Winnie Byanyima explains Oxfam's 6 goals

Oxfam's six goals

Whether we are running life-saving emergency responses, life-changing development projects or campaigning at the grassroots to tackle poverty, Oxfam's work is always rooted in a vision of a world where women and men are valued and treated equally, able to influence the decisions that affect their lives and meet their responsibilities as full citizens. Oxfam's 6 goals put local communities and the voices of poor people at the centre of change - our best hope for ending the injustice of poverty.

1. Help people claim their right to a better life

More women, young people and other poor and marginalised people will be able to exercise their civil and political rights, influence the decisions of people in power and hold them accountable for their actions.

2. Champion equal rights for women

Women are still massively under-represented and often oppressed. We will help more poor and marginalised women claim their rights, and work to significantly reduce the prevalence of violence against women.

3. Save lives, now and in the future

When natural disasters strike - or in times of war - we'll be there to save lives, providing clean water, food, sanitation and other fundamental needs. Fewer men, women and children will die or suffer illness, insecurity and deprivation.

4. Safeguard global food supplies

We're working to protect food supplies so that people always have enough to eat. More people who live in rural poverty will enjoy greater food security, income, prosperity and resilience through fairer global food systems.

5. Help people claim a fairer share of natural resources

Natural resources are vital for prosperity. We will work to help the world's most marginalised people become significantly more prosperous and resilient, despite increasing competition for land, water, food and energy sources, and stresses caused by a changing climate.

6. Increase money for basic services

And we're pushing for more and better-targeted money to go to basic development such as health and education, so that more women, men, girls and boys can participate fully in the economic, social and democratic life of their societies.

This plan sets an ambitious agenda. Achieving a just world without poverty won't be easy. But together, it is possible.

Read the Oxfam Strategic Plan 2013-19 (PDF, 584KB)

Oxfam's values

As we strive to achieve the six goals (listed above), we will lead by example in demonstrating the same values that we wish to see in the people we work with and those we aim to influence.


Our approach means that everyone involved with Oxfam, from our staff and supporters to people living in poverty, should feel they can make change happen.


Our purpose-driven, results-focused approach means we take responsibility for our actions and hold ourselves accountable. We believe that others should also be held accountable for their actions.


We are open to everyone and embrace diversity. We believe everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences.

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