Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations working in approximately 94 countries worldwide to find solutions topoverty and what it considers injustice around the world. In all Oxfam’s actions, the ultimate goal is to enable people to exercise their rights and manage their own lives. Oxfam works directly with communities and seeks to influence the powerful, to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them. Each organization (affiliate) works together internationally to achieve a greater impact through collective efforts.
Oxfam was originally founded at 17 Broad Street in Oxford, Oxfordshire in 1942 as the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief by a group of Quakers, social activists, and Oxford academics; this is now Oxfam Great Britain, still based in Oxford. It was one of several local committees formed in support of the National Famine Relief Committee. Their mission was to persuade the British governmentto allow food relief through the Allied blockade for the starving citizens of occupied Greece. The first overseas Oxfam was founded inCanada in 1963. The organization changed its name to its telegraph address, OXFAM, in 1965.