Oxfam

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Oxfam
Headquarters Location: Boston, MA
Founded: 1970


Mission: The purpose of Oxfam is to help create lasting solutions to the injustice of poverty. We are part of a global movement for change, one that empowers people to create a future that is secure, just, and free from poverty.


Tags: emergency response, humanitarian assistance, relief, disaster response, water and sanitation, food, basic necessities, hygiene, shelter, disaster preparedness, advocacy, 2011

This organization has offices located worldwide. As the majority of our users are based in the U.S., the donation link is connected to the U.S. office.


Oxfam
Story: Oxfam is an international confederation of 15 organizations working together in 98 countries and with partners and allies around the world to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. We work directly with communities and we seek to influence the… Read the full story.

Expert Reviews: Evidence of Impact
Oxfam has remained one of the most effective organizations globally. They have a very strong track record in delivering humanitarian and development programmes, and use their expertise to make an impact on the quality and relevance of humanitarian work. Their work extends beyond field-level emergency relief into policy and advocacy on the global level.
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Leadership
Oxfam Raymond Offenheiser. Raymond C. Offenheiser returned to the US in 1996 to join Oxfam America as its President. Oxfam America, a Boston-based international relief and development agency, supports organizations committed to developing solutions to poverty and injustice in more than 30 countries. Oxfam America is the U.S. affiliate of Oxfam International—a confederation of 15 Oxfam's which collectively works in 120 countries, and… See full bio.


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Financial Data for US Office
Charity Navigator Rating: 4stars (profile)
Total Revenue:
$84,865,882


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Contact Info
E-Mail:
JSilva AT OxfamAmerica.org
Phone:
800-733-2767
Facebook:
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Address:
226 Causeway Street, 5th floor
 
Boston, MA 2114, USA
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Oxfam Story: Oxfam is an international confederation of 15 organizations working together in 98 countries and with partners and allies around the world to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. We work directly with communities and we seek to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them.

Expert Reviews of Oxfam

Evidence of Impact Summary:

Oxfam has remained one of the most effective organizations globally. They have a very strong track record in delivering humanitarian and development programmes, and use their expertise to make an impact on the quality and relevance of humanitarian work. Their work extends beyond field-level emergency relief into policy and advocacy on the global level.
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Organization Strengths Summary:

Experts cited OXFAM's large capacity, effective implementation of programs, strong advocacy, and high quality staff as its greatest strengths.
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Areas for Improvement Summary:

Oxfam could better its work on the local level by focusing more on downward accountability to affected populations investing more deeply in local capacity. They can also collaborate more, work on balancing advocacy and action, and further extend their focus. Like other emergency nonprofits, Oxfam faces a dilemma between providing immediate relief and tackling long-term development.
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Expert Comments: Evidence of Impact

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Impressive Water/Sanitation Capacity

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They quickly respond to water and sanitation needs.
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Their capacity in water and sanitation programming in emergencies around the world is consistently impressive.

Effective Programs

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Oxfam takes a very professional technical approach focused on water and sanitation, protection, health and advocacy on current humanitarian issues, climate change, demographics, collaboration, etc.
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Their programming in relief scenarios is very effective. The caliber of staff and management that Oxfam brings to each scenario are consistently impressive. Their programming is consistently adapted appropriately to the assessed needs of each disaster scenario.
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Oxfam is a highly professional international humanitarian organization that delivers fast and high quality aid to stricken areas and people affected by natural and man-made disasters. Oxfam undertakes regular studies and research and makes an impact on humanitarian work, on its quality and relevance. It specifies areas of expertise of its contributions and takes the lead amongst the humanitarian communities.

Global Impact; Well Respected

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Oxfam has remained one of the most effective organizations globally. They have a very strong track record in delivering humanitarian and development programs.

Effective At Providing Overall Relief

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They are very effective in providing overall relief in crises, especially after conflict. They are well organized, and put emphasis on women's and children's needs and rights.

Focus on Children's Welfare

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They tend to especially focus on impact that translates into the welfare and development of children, in the areas of disaster response that include both the safety/security of children and their families.


Expert Comments: Organization Strengths

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Capacity

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Oxfam has a good breadth of experience. Oxfam has the resources to affect change.
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Oxfam has impressive technical capacity.
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Their size and scale are impressive.

Good Advocacy

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They are good at developing good humanitarian practice. They do strong advocacy on development and humanitarian issues.
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They are great at making partnerships with national organizations. Advocacy is a big strength of the organization.
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Their technical capacity is strong. Their advocacy capacity is strong, and they are oriented toward future preparedness. They are consistently strong and have professional contribution. They have selected areas of technical expertise and collaborate well with other professional humanitarian agencies.
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Their strengths are their advocacy and leadership.

Leader in Sector

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They are highly regarded in the areas of water and sanitation. They have solid management and lead the way in many areas across the sector - leadership, staffing and finance.
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They do dedicated research which makes Oxfam a leader, with specialist knowledge on areas of intervention. They have high rates of implementation of projects.
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I know them particularly for their technical expertise in WASH. They are a technical "authority" on how to do emergency WASH well.

High Quality Staff

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They are distinctive for the quality and character of their management and staff.
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The technical expertise of staff is strong. They are the thought leaders in the sector.

Inter-Agency Collaboration

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CARE plays a strong international advocacy role, e.g., through its work at the UN, and partnership in consortia such as Interaction and the UN's Interagency Standing Committee.

Strong Institutional Policies, Comprehensive Approach, Productive Collaboration

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They have strong institutional policies and systems. They have a strong multi-sectoral and holistic approach to programming, working along the continuum of response-recovery-long term development. They belong to a federation that gives them depth and global reach.


Expert Comments: Areas for Improvement

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Diversify

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They should broaden their reach: they are not always involved in smaller scale disasters and are slow to respond outside of areas they're currently working in.
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They need to continue to seek innovation and be nimble to organizationally adapt to the increased uncertainty and vulnerability.

Build Local Capacity

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They need a greater commitment to, and investment in, local capacity. They need to ensure that current changes in the organizational structure don't weaken it longer-term for shorter-term benefits.
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They need to become less risk averse and excessively concerned with security to be effective in multiple contexts. The organization could further participate and take a lead role in emergency capacity building and other quality and accountability initiatives. In-country, Oxfam could position itself as an organization that strengthens the capacity of national NGOs.

Increase Collaboration

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They should be more open to adaptation, to listening to the voice of others and seeing the value in stronger joint working and collaboration.
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Oxfam's aspiration is very ambitious and it is trying to connect with other actors to contribute to UN MDG in reducing poverty and tackling injustice. They need to work on humanitarian diplomacy with big actors such as UN agencies and the Red Cross, and deepen their economic involvement with international banks and development institutions. Oxfam needs to specialize to do what they are best at and support others dealing with what they are good at (e.g. advocacy vs.. humanitarian response).The challenge that Oxfam is facing, like other humanitarian organizations, is the dilemma between direct action to relieve and attend to urgent needs and tackling long-term development.

Become More Independent

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They need to diversity their funding sources to become more independent.

Improve Inter-Federation Cooperation; Make More Objective Decisions

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Although the federation they belong to has been a strength, it has also been a weakness and until recently not as well coordinated in country programming as it effectively/efficiently should be. Although they have a performance management systems in place, their senior level to executive level staff have often been accused of not respecting the hard work and talent of their staff, with decisions often made on the basis of personal relationships instead of objective results and performance based.

Improve Operations

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They can improve on their operations, and human resource management.


Leadership

Oxfam
Raymond Offenheiser
President
Raymond C. Offenheiser returned to the US in 1996 to join Oxfam America as its President. Oxfam America, a Boston-based international relief and development agency, supports organizations committed to developing solutions to poverty and injustice in more than 30 countries. Oxfam America is the U.S. affiliate of Oxfam International—a confederation of 15 Oxfam's which collectively works in 120 countries, and has annual revenue of $1.0 billion. Oxfam complements its grassroots work with far-reaching programs to engage world public opinion and influence decision makers on such issues as food security, climate change, trade, debt relief, foreign aid, HIV/AIDS, et al, and as such, brings a unique and informed perspective to those critical issues that directly affect the lives of the world's poor. Under Mr. Offenheiser's leadership, Oxfam America more than quintupled in size, and repositioned itself in the US as a leading voice on international development and global trade. Mr. Offenheiser has worked his entire career in the non-profit sector, and is a recognized leader on issues such as poverty alleviation, human rights, foreign policy, and international development. He has played a critical leadership role in shaping the development of the Oxfam International confederation and is a founder board member of both the ONE Campaign here in the US as well as the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN). He brings more than 30 years of international development experience as a field programmer, grant maker, and executive in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the US. Prior to joining Oxfam America, he served for five years as the Ford Foundation Representative in Bangladesh and, prior to that, for five years in a similar role in the Andean and Southern Cone Region of South America. He has also directed programs for the Inter-American Foundation in Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador and worked for Save the Children Federation in Mexico. He serves as a resource and frequent commentator in the media and before diverse public fora on such issues as foreign aid, global poverty, humanitarian relief, international agriculture, human rights, climate change, global trade policies and corporate social responsibility. He has appeared in programs on CNN, NPR, and the BBC, and published op-eds in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe and other major American newspapers. He recently stepped down as the Honorary President of Wetlands International, a global conservation organization dedicated to the protection of wetland regions. In addition his membership on the Board of Oxfam America and Oxfam International, he also serves or has served on boards, advisory bodies and working groups with the Clinton Global Initiative, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute, the World Agricultural Forum, the Gates Foundation, Harvard Business School, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, Interaction and the Kellogg Center at the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow.

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