Oxfam is a world-wide development organization
that mobilizes the power of people against poverty.

Oxfam Japan

Oxfam believes that in a world rich in resources, poverty isn't a fact of life but rather an injustice which must be overcome. We believe that everyone is entitled to a life of dignity and opportunity.

We work with poor communities, local organizations, volunteers and supporters to make this a reality. Oxfam's goal is to achieve a world where every person is safe, healthy, skilled, and treated equally. Whether donating, fundraising, campaigning, volunteering, or working on the ground to implement project activities, Oxfam donors, supporters, staff, project partners and participants are working together to overcome poverty and injustice.

About Oxfam

Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 like-minded organizations working together and with partners and allies around the world to bring about lasting change.

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.

We work with the poor

We seek to help people organize so that they may gain better access to the opportunities they need to improve their livelihoods and govern their own lives. We also work with people affected by humanitarian disasters with preventive measures, preparedness, and emergency relief.

We influence powerful people

Understanding the issues confronting the poor is linked to high-level research and lobbying aimed at changing international policies and practices in ways which would ensure that the poor have the rights, opportunities and resources they need to improve and control their lives.

We join hands with all people

Popular campaigning, alliance building and media work designed to raise awareness of real solutions to global poverty, enable and motivate people to play an active part in the movement for change, and foster a sense of global citizenship.

The site of the international confederation Oxfam has more detailed information on Oxfam's goals.

About Oxfam Japan

Oxfam Japan started activities in December 2003. We are working from Japan to bring the reality of poverty and injustice around the world to the Japanese by raising awareness of global issues and supporting Oxfam activities around the world.

Sharing Oxfam's experiences around the world

Working with other organizations involved in poverty issues, we strongly believe that Japan can play an important role in reducing poverty. An important part of our mission is to share Oxfam's experience around the world with Japan. To accomplish this, we publish reports based on Oxfam's experiences and interviews in the different regions where we work, and we share methods learned through the many years of Oxfam's history.

Raising the Japanese voice against poverty

Japan is one of the G8 countries. The Japanese have a strong impact on global issues, including poverty. We believe that the Japanese people and the Japanese government raising can become a force in reducing poverty around the world. Therefore, we use different methods to raise Japanese awareness of the issues so that they will raise their voice and make it heard around the world. We also work to influence the Japanese government to get involved in poverty reduction efforts around the world, and make it a priority in the international agenda.

Oxfam around the World

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With many of the causes of poverty global in nature, the members of the international confederation Oxfam believe they can achieve greater impact through their collective efforts.

You can see the international confederation Oxfam's webpage at http://www.oxfam.org/

Oxfam affiliates and linked organizations around the world:

Oxfam America

Oxfam Australia


Oxfam Canada

Oxfam France

Oxfam Germany

Oxfam Great Britain

Oxfam Hong Kong

Oxfam Intermón

Oxfam Ireland

Oxfam Mexico

Oxfam New Zealand

Oxfam Novib (The Netherlands)

Oxfam Québec

Oxfam India

Oxfam Japan

Ucodep (Italy)

Photo History of Oxfam

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Book used for recording the minutes of the first meeting of the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief

Young Greek recipient of Oxfam food aid

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School feeding programme in Germany

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Oxfam-funded distribution of cod liver oil and malt extract to young children, Holland

First Oxfam gift shop in Broad Street, Oxford

Donations of clothing and supplies being loaded into a van by Oxfam staff and volunteers

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Customer looking in the window of the first Oxfam gift shop in Broad Street, Oxford

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Algerian refugee being measured for donated clothing, Algerian Civil War

Oxfam blankets being distributed to refugees. Algerian Civil War.

Local Oxfam clothing collection for World Refugee Year

Collecting clothes and money on behalf of Oxfam for World Refugee