About Oxfam

How we work

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. 

In all we do, Oxfam works with partner organisations and alongside vulnerable women and men to end the injustices that cause poverty.

 

Working in over 90 countries
Working in over 90 countries

OUR VISION IS A JUST WORLD WITHOUT POVERTY

We are one of 17 Oxfams working together in more than 90 countries. Learn more about our goals – the specific things we want to achieve.

Supported by people across the island of Ireland for over 50 years, we are an independent, secular and not-for-profit organisation. 

We have 51 shops across Ireland, offices in Belfast and Dublin, and 2,000 volunteers who are delivering real change to the lives of people affected by poverty.

You are the local link in a global network of people building a brighter future now.

Jim Clarken in Somalia
Jim Clarken in Somalia

A MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO JIM CLARKEN

The child who wants to go to school, the mother who needs healthcare for her baby, the farmer who sees drought wipe out his crops and livestock, the women whose voices need to be heard in the decision-making process, the young people whose lives could be transformed with business training, the family who have lost everything in a natural disaster.

At Oxfam Ireland, we work with people affected by poverty and injustice, supporting their empowerment to exercise their human rights and take control of their lives. From our volunteers in Dublin and shops in Down to our programme team in Dar Es Salaam and our partners all over the world, we work together to achieve our vision of a just world without poverty.

We respond to humanitarian emergencies around the world – wherever they happen. We help people to help themselves and build a brighter future through our long-term projects. We campaign nationally and internationally on issues ranging from the arms trade to women’s rights.

But we couldn’t do this work without the support of one vital partner – you. Irrespective of the difficult circumstances many face at home, our supporters in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland appreciate the struggle to survive faced by millions overseas. With growing public support despite the challenging times, we continue to grow as a proactive, transparent and effective development agency.

We are a consistently reliable and trusted vocal campaigner and commentator on development issues. And, most importantly, we are increasing the impact of our work overseas, thanks to our loyal and committed supporters, who continue to support our life-saving efforts, our crucial campaigning work and the empowerment of communities to create a positive future in the long-term.

Thank you,

Jim Clarken Chief Executive

Accountable to you

We know it’s important to you that your donation is spent wisely with maximum impact on the lives of people affected by poverty and injustice. It’s important to us too. That’s why we ensure that all our activities are measurable, accountable and realistic. We ensure our financial reporting is carried out to the highest international standards (SORP). Below you can learn more about our transparency and accountability.

To read our Donor's Charter and our Public Compliance Statement, please check out Our Promise to You.

We adhere to the recommendations as laid out by regulatory authorities such as the Charity Commission for N.I. (Code of Good Governance), the Dóchas-CGAI Irish Development NGOs (Code of Corporate Governance), the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland Charities Acts and SORP for accounting and reporting practice. 

We have a governance committee to ensure compliance, and all business is conducted in line with the Nolan Principles on Standards in Public Life. We also abide by the Irish Charities Tax Research (ICTR) fundraising principles.

As part of Oxfam International, we signed up to the first Global Accountability Charter for the non-profit sector in June 2006. This charter sets out core values and operating principles for international agencies, against which Oxfam gauges and reports publicly on our economic, environmental and social performance.