How we work

One in three people in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is determined to change that by mobilising the power of people against poverty.

Around the globe, Oxfam works to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. We save lives and help rebuild livelihoods when crisis strikes. And we campaign so that the voices of the poor influence the local and global decisions that affect them.

In all we do, Oxfam works with partner organisations and alongside vulnerable women and men to end the injustices that cause poverty. And we won't stop until every person on the planet can enjoy a life free from poverty.

Three ways Oxfam is there fighting poverty

When disaster strikes Oxfam's priority is to start saving lives, then to help people build back stronger.

We make sure people can access clean water and good sanitation. We provide help for people to get food and the essentials they need to survive, and ensure the most vulnerable are kept safe from harm.

We support people in being better prepared to cope with shocks and uncertainties and we help rebuild communities to come back stronger from disaster and to face the future on their own terms.

At any given time, our global teams are responding to an average of 25 emergencies worldwide.

Read more about Oxfam's emergency response.

We work at a local level, promoting development, helping people to help themselves out of poverty - supporting their right to work and provide for their loved ones.

Advancing women's rights and building fair, sustainable livelihoods - these are the most effective ways to end poverty.

When there’s clean, running water. When communities rebuild stronger after a crisis. When farmers can grow a variety of food to sell at markets and feed their families’. When women have a chance to live free from discrimination. When youth have viable employment opportunities. When girls have the chance to gain an education. When we work for a more equal and sustainable world. That’s when we will end the injustice of poverty for everyone.

From the Beehive to the UN, we’re making sure the voices of the world's poorest people are heard loud and clear. We’re challenging the structures and powers that trap people in poverty – to end it for good.

Every action is powerful – using your voice, signing a petition, writing a submission, pressuring big businesses. When we speak as one, world leaders listen.

Read more and get involved in our campaigns here.

Where we work

Alongside our partners, Oxfam New Zealand’s priority work is in the Pacific – Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste. And, together as one of 20 affiliates of the Oxfam International confederation, we all work in about 90 different countries.

Check out the map below showing all our locations - green pins show the countries we work in, red pins show the countries where affiliate organisations are based.

Working in partnership

No one knows better what a community needs than the people who belong to it. That's why Oxfam partners with local groups - people who are already working hard to help themselves and are committed to building a better future for their communities.

We carefully select partners that share our vision and are well-placed to help us achieve our goals.

Our partners understand the local context and help us to connect with communities. The work we implement together encourages real participation of people living in poverty, increasing the sustainability and impact of our work.

We work together with our partners, we learn as much from them as they do from us.

Oxfam New Zealand is currently partnering with 19 organisations in the Pacific. Read more about our partners here.

Building a movement for change

Our supporters make our work possible. Whether it’s through a donation to our work, buying an Oxfam Unwrapped gift, taking part in Oxfam Trailwalker or spending time volunteering at our office or events – the one constant is that together, we can make a difference.We believe that when we work together, people have an amazing power to bring about change. We believe in motivating and supporting the New Zealand public to take action to end poverty.

Find out how you can get involved