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Building a world without poverty

Oxfam is a worldwide development organization that mobilises the power of people against poverty.


Oxfam is an international confederation of 21 independent affiliates that works together globally to fight poverty and the injustices that stem from it. The name ‘Oxfam’ is derived from the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief founded in Britain in 1942. Our confederation consists of the following affiliates:

  • Oxfam America
  • Oxfam Australia
  • Oxfam Aotearoa (New Zealand)
  • Oxfam-in-Belgium
  • Oxfam Brasil
  • Oxfam Canada
  • Oxfam IBIS (Denmark)
  • Oxfam France
  • Oxfam Germany
  • Oxfam Great Britain
  • Oxfam Hong Kong
  • Oxfam India
  • Oxfam Intermón (Spain)
  • Oxfam Ireland
  • Oxfam Italy
  • Oxfam Mexico
  • Oxfam Novib (Netherlands)
  • Oxfam-Québec
  • Oxfam South Africa
  • Kadın Emeğini Değerlendirme Vakfı (KEDV- Foundation for the Support of Women’s Work, Turkey)
  • Oxfam Colombia

Around the globe, Oxfam works to find practical and innovative ways with people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. We do this by implementing long-term development programmes in vulnerable communities, saving lives and rebuilding livelihoods when crisis strikes, and campaigning so that the voices of the poor influence the local and global decisions that affect them.


Oxfam Hong Kong dates back to 1976 when volunteers joined hands to form the charitable society and open a shop for secondhand goods in Hong Kong in the next year to raise funds for anti-poverty projects around the world.

“We set up a domestic programme team in Hong Kong in 1996. In 2012, we set up our office in Macau, and in 2014, we started to promote global citizenship education and advocate for pro-poor policy changes in Macau.

Over the years, Oxfam Hong Kong has partnered with millions of people living in poverty to alleviate it in more than 70 countries/regions around the world. We have around 100,000 regular donors from the general public. Their donations are the major source of income that sustains our ability to achieve the ultimate goal of a poverty-free world.

The Oxfam Trailwalker, a 100 km hiking fundraiser founded in Hong Kong in the 1980s, continues to be one of our most notable events. The success of this fundraising event has not only raised awareness about poverty and injustice, but has also attracted 14 additional cities to organise their own Oxfam Trailwalker events.”

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