Oxfam India is part of a global movement of dedicated people working hard to fight poverty and injustice.

Vision, Mission and Values

A tribal couple displaying forest produce in Malarbahal village in Deogarh district of Odisha


Oxfam India’s vision is to create a more equal, just, and sustainable world by empowering the poor to demand their rights, engaging people to become active and supportive citizens, advocating for an effective and accountable state, and making markets work for poor people. The overarching vision of Oxfam India is “right to life with dignity for all”.


Oxfam India will fulfil its vision by working in partnership with a broad range of civil society actors, such as research institutes, universities, mass movements, and other NGOs, to link poor people and their organisations to sub-national, national, regional, and global institutions, such as governments, markets, and the media, that influence their lives and livelihoods. Oxfam India also seeks to create a strong base of supporters of active citizens who will contribute their time, through volunteering, and/or money to help Oxfam India fulfil its mission.


Organisational values and competencies define acceptable standards which govern the behaviour of individuals within the organisation. They set common norms of dealing with each other while working to achieve the organisational goals and objectives. Oxfam India believes that the following values are core to its vision and seeks to promote them through its work.


  • To social justice and fight poverty.

  • Demonstrate passion.

  • Walk that extra mile.

  • Be flexible and adaptable.

  • Demonstrate openness to learning, innovation, change and growth.  

Honesty and Integrity

  • Consistency and predictability.

  • Adhering to the organisational values.

  • Being objective and impartial in decision making.

  • Self awareness.  

Inclusiveness, Secularism, Pluralism

  • Respect differences and welcome alternative viewpoints.

  • Value team work.

  • Create a diverse workforce and  an environment to retain that workforce.

  • Treat people equitably.

  • Respect gender equality and diversity of religion and ethnicity.  

Value and respect people’s rights

  • Active listening

  • Engaging with and respecting different points of view.

  • Respecting differences.

  • Giving critical and constructive feedback in a sensitive way.

  • Giving support in setting priorities.

  • Enabling a space to be heard.  

Delivering high quality results in a manner accountable to stakeholders

  • Clarity on role and responsibilities and objectives.

  • Monitoring, evaluating and learning.

  • Persevering

  • Aligning team objectives with organisational mission.

  • Using time and resources efficiently.

  • Using others’ skills.

  • Taking risks, being realistic with opportunities

  • Delegating.