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 the non-poor 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".


Oxfam India will fulfill 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 organizations to sub-national, national, regional, and global institutions (such as governments, markets, and the media) that influence their lives and livelihoods. Oxfam India will also seek to create a strong base of supporters of active citizens who will contribute their time (through volunteering) and/or their funds to help Oxfam India fulfill its mission.


Organizational values and competencies define acceptable standards which govern the behaviour of individuals within the organization. They set common norms of dealing with each other while working to achieve the organizational goals and objectives. Oxfam believes that the below mentioned values are core to its vision and would seek to promote them through its work.

i. Commitments

a. To social justice and poverty

b. Demonstrate passion

c. Walking that extra mile

d. Flexible and adaptable

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

ii. Honesty and Integrity

a. Consistency and predictability

b. Adhering to the organizational values

c. Being fair, (objective) impartial in decision making.

d. Self awareness  

iii. Inclusiveness, Secularism, Pluralism

a. Respect difference and welcome alternative viewpoints

b. Values team work

c. Creating a diverse workforce and creating an environment to retain that workforce.

d. Treat people equitably

e. Gender , Diversity - religious, ethnicity, caste  

iv. Value and respect people's rights

a. Active listening

b. Engaging with and respecting different points of view

c. Respecting differences

d. Giving critical/constructive feedback - in a sensitive way.

e.Giving support in setting priorities

f. Enabling space for being heard  

v. Delivering high quality results in a manner accountable to stakeholders

a. Clarity on role and responsibilities and objectives to achieve - monitoring, evaluating, learning (responsibility of both sides)

b. Perseverance

c. Alignment team objectives with organizational mission

d. Use time and resources efficiently

e. Use others skills

f. Taking risks, being realistic with opportunities (links to innovation, creativity etc.).

g. Delegation