Who we are

Oxfam India works primarily through grassroots organisations to bring deep-rooted sustainable changes in people’s lives. We work for the poorest and the socially excluded communities by mobilising them to campaign for greater economic and social reforms.

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About Oxfam India

Oxfam is celebrating its 67th year of humanitarian service in India. In 1951, Oxfam Great Britain launched its first full scale humanitarian response to the Bihar famine. In the past six decades Oxfam has supported civil society organisations across the country. In 2008, various Oxfams in India joined forces to form Oxfam India. Registered as an independent organisation, Oxfam India has indigenous staff and board members. We are a member of the global confederation of 19 Oxfams.

Our Vision, Mission and Values

Oxfam India’s vision is to help create an equal, just and sustainable society by empowering the underprivileged. Oxfam India believes in the ‘Right to Life with Dignity for All’. This is fulfilled by engaging empowered citizens to become active and supportive partners, advocating an effective and accountable State and making markets work for the underprivileged. 

Our Work:
Our Work
‘We see poverty as a problem of power, the lack of power.’ We work with 60 NGOs at the grassroots’ level to tackle poverty and inequality where it germinates. Our programmes are currently active in the critical states of Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh. We work with the most marginalised segments – Dalits, Tribals, Muslims, and Women. For them, poverty is more than lack of income, healthcare and education. It is a crippling state where these groups do not have any control in deciding the course of their own lives. They are excluded from basic decision-making rights.

Oxfam address this problem with a “Rights Based Approach”.  We see people as the bearers of civil, political and social, and economic rights. Institutions, both State and non-state, are seen as duty bound to guarantee those rights to the people. Our effort is to bring a change in people's lives through State and Institutional Accountability; Civil Society Participation; Empowering the Poor to Use Public Resources and Increased Social Inclusion of the Marginalised.

We are committed to five rights: Right to Sustainable Livelihood; Right to Social Services; Right to Life and Security; Right to be Heard and Right to an Identity.

Our Programmes

Our Values

  • Commitment, Honesty and Integrity.
  • Inclusiveness, Secularism and Pluralism.
  • Respecting People’s Rights.
  • Delivering Results
  • Accountability to Stakeholders.

We focus on four poverty eliminating goals

1: Livelihood: More women and men will realise their right to secure and sustainable livelihoods.

2: Fight for women: More women will lead a violence-free life. This can be achieved through changes in attitudes and beliefs about gender relations and through encouraging women's engagement and assuming leadership in institutions and decision-making roles.

3: Education and Health: People living in poverty, especially women and, girls will realise their right to accessible and affordable healthcare, education, clean water and sanitation.

4: Human Rights: Those facing a humanitarian crisis will be assured the protection and the assistance they need, regardless of who they are, where they live or how they are affected.

History

Affiliates and Partnerships

Oxfam works primarily through grassroots organisations to bring deep-rooted sustainable changes in people’s lives. We do this through long-term development programming and link it to positive policy changes at various levels. We work for the socially excluded and most marginalised communities by mobilising them to campaign for greater economic and social reforms. We use our learnings about what works and what doesn’t at the grassroots level, through research and advocacy, to bring about pro-poor changes in policies and institutions.

The new Oxfam India partnership policy envisages both funding and non-funding partnerships with a range of development actors: grassroots NGOs, academic institutions, research think tanks, national and global advocacy NGOs.  

The proposed patterns of funding relationship include:

  • Maintaining the diversity of partner size (micro, small, medium and large) but establishing limits for each category.
  • Establishing long-term relationships with partners and to fund each partner for a maximum 10-12 year cycle (through two strategy periods).
  • Wherever feasible, provide core funding rather than project-by-project funding to partners.

Vision, Mission and Values

Oxfam India believes in the ‘Right to Life with Dignity for All’. This is fulfilled by engaging empowered citizens to become active and supportive partners, advocating an effective and accountable State and making markets work for the underprivileged.

Our Vision

Oxfam India's vision is to create a more equal, just, and sustainable world by empowering the poor to demand their rights. It also engages 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".

Our Mission

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. 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 fulfill its mission.

Our Values

Oxfam India believes that the following values are core to its vision and seeks to promote them through its work.

  • Commitments
    • 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.
    • 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.

Six decades of Oxfam in India

1951

Oxfam Great Britain starts operations in India with Bihar famine relief work.

1957

Oxfam Australia starts operations in India with the Food for Peace campaign.

1964

Oxfam Novib starts operations in India with support to civil society organisations.

1993

Oxfam Hong Kong starts operations in India and Bangladesh.

1997

Oxfam Intermon starts operations in India.

2002

Registration of Oxfam Trust.

2008

Merger of all the Oxfam affiliates to create Oxfam India.

2011

Oxfam India becomes a full-fledged affiliate of Oxfam International.

2015

Oxfam India successfully implemented its First Five Year Strategy.

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