Oxfam Ireland

A year in review

We work to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive.

We save lives and rebuild communities when disaster strikes.

We speak out and influence policies and practices that keep people poor, like inequality and discrimination against women.

We contributed to funds reaching 19.4 million people
Oxfam Ireland reached 7.9 million people

our six goals

Whether we’re responding to natural disasters, planning life-changing development projects or campaigning to tackle poverty, our work is rooted in a vision of a world where women and men are valued and treated equally, able to influence the decisions that affect their lives and meet their responsibilities as full citizens.

Local communities and the voices of poor people are at the heart of our Six Global Goals for a better world.

Goal 1:
The Right to Be Heard

Chris Osooti with his wife and child.

Photo: Kieron Crawley/Oxfam

Photo: Kieron Crawley/Oxfam

Women and minority groups are among those who suffer most when their voices go unheard. Last year, we continued with our work to empower the poor and the marginalised to have a say in the political decisions that affect their daily lives.

Goal 2:
Advancing Women's Rights

Oxfam in Malawi Country Director Lingalireni Mihowa handing over 323 bikes donated by Oxfam to Malawi’s Speaker of the House, Catherine Gotani Hara

Photo: Watipaso Kaliwo/Oxfam

Photo: Watipaso Kaliwo/Oxfam

Millions of women and girls who face daily discrimination and injustice struggle to achieve their full potential. In 2019, we kept working to break this cycle, helping women to become leaders in their communities, have the same rights as men and free themselves from violence.

Goal 3:
Saving Lives, Now And In The Future

Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

When disaster strikes, it is those living in poverty who are the most vulnerable. Last year, we responded to crises in DRC, South Sudan, Tanzania, Yemen and Somalia, while our emergency response focused on Cyclone Idai in Malawi, Syria and the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh. We provided clean water, food, other vital supplies, and protection to those forced to flee their homes, while we also helped rebuild communities torn apart by violence.

Goal 4:
Sustainable Food

Photo: Bill Marwa/Oxfam

Photo: Bill Marwa/Oxfam

Millions of people struggle to feed themselves every day. Climate change, the lack of access to land and poor investment in small-scale farming all contribute to food insecurity around the world. Last year, we worked with small-scale farmers to help them to diversify their crops, join co-operatives and lift themselves out of poverty.

Goal 5:
Fair Sharing of Natural Resources

Photo of recipients of CCROs in Kishapu District, Shinyanga Region, Tanzania.

Photo: Kieron Crawley/Oxfam

Photo: Kieron Crawley/Oxfam

The protection and distribution of natural resources is vital for people who rely on them as a source of food and income. That is why we continue to support local communities in the sustainable management of their land, water, forests and wildlife

Goal 6:
Financing for Development and Universal Essential Services

Viola is photographed in Somerton clinic with her aunt just before going into labour, in Masvingo District, Zimbabwe.

Aurelie Marrier D'Unienville / Oxfam

Aurelie Marrier D'Unienville / Oxfam

Unless services such as health and education are properly funded, we will never manage to eradicate poverty. Over the past 12 months, we continued to advocate for more budget allocation and spending on these essential services.

How we spent our money

In 2019/2020, we continued to raise vital funds thanks to the generosity of our supporters and people across the island of Ireland.

How we maximised your donations

75% ensures we can provide life-changing long-term development projects, life-saving humanitarian assistance and campaigning and advocacy to tackle the root causes of poverty and injustice.

20% ensures we are doing everything we can to raise funds from different types of donors and to let the public know about our work. This year we invested more to ensure that we will be able to grow our resources in the future, reaching more communities in poverty.

5% ensures we work in the most efficient and effective way, and the money donated is spent wisely and well managed.

In emergency appeals, 100% of your donation goes to that specific response fund, providing vital and practical supports such as clean water, sanitation, food and the crucial staff costs to deliver the response.

Message from the Ceo

Last year we continued to save and change the lives of people in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. We also used our voice and influence to advocate for change on issues including inequality, climate change and the rights of refugees. And we delivered – and continue to deliver – clean water, safe sanitation and other essential aid to communities at risk of COVID-19.  

Later this year, we will launch our 10-year strategic framework. Over the next decade, we want to see women and girls living free from oppression, discrimination and violence; the climate crisis being averted by investment in solutions that enable a shift towards green, equitable economic models; sustainability being at the centre of a new economic system that redistributes resources equitably and ends poverty, and governance systems and governments that are people and planet centred, just, inclusive and accountable. 

This kind of ambitious strategy takes bravery, determination and intelligent leadership. As an organisation, Oxfam Ireland is fortunate to have a team of visionary employees and volunteers as well as the unwavering generosity of our inspirational supporters. I know that together, we can overcome whatever challenges lie ahead. 

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