Oxfam International was formed in 1995 by a group of independent non-governmental organizations.


Oxfam is an international confederation of 19 organizations working together with partners and local communities in more than 90 countries.

One person in three in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is determined to change that world by mobilizing the power of people against poverty.

Around the globe, Oxfam works to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. We save lives and help rebuild livelihoods when crisis strikes. And we campaign so that the voices of the poor influence the local and global decisions that affect them.

In all we do, Oxfam works with partner organizations and alongside vulnerable women and men to end the injustices that cause poverty.

How we fight poverty

The injustice of poverty demands a powerful and practical response to address both its causes and its impact on peoples' lives. Using a six-sided strategy to weave together the complex web of our efforts and joining with others, we seek to overcome poverty.

Our vision is a just world without poverty. We want a world where people are valued and treated equally, enjoy their rights as full citizens, and can influence decisions affecting their lives.

Our commitment to human rights

Respect for human rights will help lift people out of poverty and injustice, allow them to assert their dignity and ensure sustainable development.

Oxfam is at the forefront of the fight against the worsening discrimination of migrants and refugees around the world.  We are part of a legal challenge against the recent controversial US Executive Order on refugees and immigration. Read Winnie Byanyima's message and support our work.

Oxfam in Nigeria

Our work in Nigeria focuses on:

  • Economic justice and improving livelihoods.

  • Gender justice and female leadership.

  • Good governance and the Niger Delta.

  • Disaster risk reduction and responding to humanitarian crises.

Central to our work is the belief that power relations need to change to enable poor people to demand and claim their rights.

Oxfam's vision for Nigeria includes a transparent and accountable government, active citizens, and private sector that works toward shared growth that is equitable to meet the needs of the people, especially the vulnerable poor.

To this achieve this we work with a wide variety of partner and allies, such as community organizations and regional groups at the local, state and national levels


West Africa Crisis

In Nigeria, we are providing people with emergency food, clean drinking water and improved sanitation. We are distributing emergency shelters and cooking equipment, as well as seeds and tools to help traders and farmers get back on their feet.


We can defeat poverty. Really.



In the past 15 years alone, global extreme poverty has been cut in half. Billions of people are standing up to injustice, the trauma of war, and complex problems like climate change and economic inequality. But there’s much more to be done.

That’s why we exist: to tackle the injustices that cause and perpetuate poverty. We work to make the world safer and fairer for everyone. We exist to defeat poverty.

Want to know more about our work in 2015/16?
Read all about it in our Annual Report and Annual Accounts.

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We are a world-wide development organisation that mobilizes the power of people against poverty. Around the globe, we work to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive.

Oxfam Novib is one of 17 affiliates of the Oxfam confederation, who together work with local partners in 94 countries. Oxfam Novib has the lead role in Oxfam’s work in Afghanistan, Angola, Cambodia, Egypt, Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya), Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, the Occupied Palestinian Territories/Israel, Somalia, Uganda and Vietnam.

We also work in Bangladesh, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Laos, Mali, Myanmar, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Sudan, Yemen and Zimbabwe, and on Oxfam’s pan-Africa programme.

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Oxfam Novib program’s origin in Nigeria goes back to 1997 but in the period 1997-2003 cooperation was with only a limited number of counterparts. The portfolio has grown significantly since 2003 when Nigeria was identified as one of the core countries where Oxfam Novib would focus its work. This evaluation covered the period 1997- 2006 with emphasis on the period of 2003-2006. The total expenditure over the period 1997-2006 amounted to 8.343 Million Euro.

Access to Information

With its Business Plan 2011-2015, Oxfam Novib introduced a new priority theme called Access to Information. This priority theme is part of Oxfam Novib’s programme on political and social participation and its introduction was a way to improve focus and enhance impact of the overall programme.