Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty. We work directly with communities and we seek to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them.

Our Vision

Oxfam’s vision is a just world without poverty. We envision a world in which people can influence decisions which affect their lives, enjoy their rights, and assume their responsibilities as full citizens of a world in which all human beings are valued and treated equally.

Our Purpose

The purpose of Oxfam is to help create lasting solutions to the injustice of poverty. We are part of a global movement for change, one that empowers people to create a future that is secure, just, and free from poverty.


Adaptation Work:

Oxfam is working to help people adapt to the effects of climate change.

Our experience as a development and emergency relief organization is instrumental in assisting communities to build their resilience to more frequent and extreme droughts, floods and weather events. We do this through new technologies, diversifying livelihoods, disaster risk reduction and by helping people organize themselves to get help and determine solutions.

Our Approach

  • Communities are at the centre of Oxfam’s approach to Climate Change Adaptation; however, enabling them to adapt requires working across multiple levels from household through to global.
  • In order to build adaptive capacity, factors that limit adaptive capacity across all levels must be addressed alongside actions that actively build capacity to adapt to climate change.
  • Interventions are required that span the range of what is known and unknown about climate change in a specific location. This range starts with addressing the current hazards, increased variability, and emerging trends, and extends through to managing risk and uncertainty of impacts where the direction and scale are uncertain.

Read our Climate Change Adaptation research report here

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