Oxfam India | Why Oxfam Exists

Oxfam India is a movement of people working together to stop the rising inequality in the country that keeps wealth concentrated in the hands of a few. We work to ensure equitable distribution of wealth and resources to all. By doing so, right now and with your support, we will save 90 million people from extreme poverty by 2020

How we work

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.

We see poverty as a problem of power, the lack of power. Our programmes are currently active in the critical states of 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.

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Stories of Change

Stories that inspire us
Gender Justice

31 Dec, 2018

Uttar Pradesh

Stronger Together

Sunita, Rekha, and Ramesha (L to R) are members of the Creating Spaces Women’s Group in Bucchabasti Village, Purkazi Block, Uttar Pradesh], where they learn about gender equality an... Read More

Gender Justice

31 Dec, 2018

Uttar Pradesh

A champion of change...

Arpit, 26, is an advocate for women’s rights and gender equality. Arpit was exposed to violence and gender inequality from a young age, seeing the way that his father illtreated his... Read More

Gender Justice

31 Dec, 2018

Odisha

Fighting for a brigh...

Upendra Patra, 45, belongs to Kalahandi, Odisha. He has been fighting against rampant child marriage practice within the Gond community through the help of Oxfam's Creating Spaces p... Read More

Gender Justice

04 Feb, 2019

Chhattisgarh

Strengthening Pancha...

Unaware by the change which was emerging in their lives, Phoolkumari and her friends along with other villagers of Sushi village of Janjgir Champa district in Chhattisgarh headed to... Read More

Education

19 Mar, 2019

Bihar

Nandini's mother hel...

9-year-old Nandini was born into a family of Musahars in Bihar. The Musahar community belongs to the Hindu scheduled caste which now falls under the term 'Mahadalit’ or the most mar... Read More

Gender Justice

19 Mar, 2019

Odisha

United Voices agains...

This is the story of Kandhamal District, Gunjigaon, Odisha where Oxfam India's partner ISD is working with a women's group. While discussing with this particular group, it was notic... Read More

Social Inclusion

05 Apr, 2019

Odisha

Phulme Majhi - Build...

Bandpari, home to Phulme is a small hamlet in the Lanjigarh block of Kalahandi district of Odisha. This region is home to the Dongria and the Kutia Kondh tribes who are known for th... Read More

Humanitarian Response and DRR

18 Apr, 2019

Kerala

Oxfam India in Keral...

In 2018, Kerala was hit by the worst floods in a century. More than 400 people lost their lives and lakhs of people lost their homes and livelihoods. Oxfam India's team rushed to th... Read More

Gender Justice

01 Dec, 2018

Uttar Pradesh

Broken but not defea...

Julie,18, is a community mobilizer working with the Creating Spaces project. She is a strong advocate for women’s rights and gender equality and works to get the girls in her villag... Read More

Gender Justice

01 Dec, 2018

Odisha

Being the voice of h...

Shakuntala Harpal, 45, is a Dalit leader in Harichandrapur Village, India. Shakuntala has worked for many years to help the women and girls in her village exercise their basic right... Read More

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