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Building a world without poverty

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



Oxfam is an international confederation of 20 affiliates, with an aim to work together for greater impact on the international stage to reduce poverty and injustice. 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-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 New Zealand
  • Oxfam Novib (Netherlands) 
  • Oxfam-Québec
  • Oxfam South Africa
  • Kadın Emeğini Değerlendirme Vakfı (KEDV- Foundation for the Support of Women's Work, Turkey)

Last year, Oxfam worked together with partners and local communities in more than 60 countries to combat poverty and provide relief support. We implement long-term development programmes in vulnerable communities. We are also part of a global movement, campaigning with others to end unfair trade rules, demand better health and education services for all, and to combat climate change.



Oxfam Hong Kong dates back to 1976 when volunteers joined hands to form the charitable society, and open a shop for second-hand goods in Hong Kong in the next year to raise funds for anti-poverty projects around the world. Some of our first initiatives in the 1970s and 80s were to advocate for justice for Vietnamese refugees who fled to Hong Kong during the Vietnam War, and to help save lives in Ethiopia during the 1984 famine.

In 1987, we implemented the first programme in mainland China in Guangdong Province. The Oxfam China Development Fund was subsequently established in 1992. Since then, we have been dedicated to fighting poverty in rural and urban areas, carrying out disaster risk reduction and relief work, and advocating for pro-poor policies in the Mainland. In 2017, the 'Law of the People's Republic of China on the Administration of Activities of Overseas Non-Governmental Organizations within the Territory of China' came into effect. We at Oxfam Hong Kong successfully registered several offices, and have been able to carry out our work in 31 provinces, cities and autonomous regions in mainland China.

We set up a domestic programme team in Hong Kong in 1996. In recent years, we have focused more of our efforts on local poverty, and have been advocating for pro-poor policies in Hong Kong. Through the joint efforts of civil society organisations, the Hong Kong SAR government subsequently announced an official poverty line in Hong Kong in 2013. Oxfam has also been a strong advocate of a minimum wage law, and this was first established in Hong Kong in 2011 after decades of advocacy efforts. In 2012, we set up our office in Macau, and in 2014, we started to promote global citizenship and advocate for pro-poor policy changes in Macau. 

Over the years, Oxfam Hong Kong has partnered with millions of underprivileged people to alleviate poverty 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.