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The difference you make

One person in three in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is determined to change that world 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.

What sets Oxfam apart is our three pronged approach:

1. Responding to humanitarian emergencies

Oxfam's expertise, recognised worldwide, is in providing the basic but critical essentials of clean water and sanitation. In times of crisis, this prevents secondary problems such as disease spread caused by drinking and washing unclean water.

2. Long term development

Working with some of the most vulnerable communities in the Pacific and Southeast Asia, we tackle the root causes of poverty through long-term sustainable development. We firmly believe in giving a hand up, not a hand out by providing people with the tools, education, experience and knowledge to help them work their own way out of poverty.

3. Campaigning to challenge the root causes of poverty

Supporting people like YOU to be the voice of those who many not be able to speak up for themselves.

Whether you’re taking part in Oxfam Trailwalker or donating to a team, you’re making a significant difference to the lives of others.

Where we work

Worldwide, Oxfam works with people and communities in 94 countries to tackle the root causes of poverty and respond to emergencies. Oxfam New Zealand runs long-term development programmes in Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Indonesia (including Papua) and Timor-Leste. We help people to access safe water and sanitation, to build a sustainable livelihood, to provide education for their children and to live free from violence. We also respond to emergencies worldwide.