Who we are

Lopech and his wife Achuka from Kotido, Karamoja  plan and support each other in their home. photo credit: Julius Kasujja/Oxfam

Oxfam is an International confederation of 20 affiliates working together with partners and local communities in more than 90 countries around the globe. We work 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.

We understand that many causes of poverty are linked, and we use many tactics to fight poverty and inequality. From local communities to the global stage, we call for fairness and justice.

We have six goals that support our shared vision of a just world without poverty:

  1. The right to be heard
  2. Advancing gender justice
  3.  Saving lives—now and in the future
  4.  Sustainable food
  5. Fair sharing of natural resources
  6. Financing for development and universal essential services

Oxfam in Uganda

Oxfam started working in Uganda in the 1960s. Since then, we have implemented both development and humanitarian programmes to support practical and innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty.

We work with poor communities, local organisations, volunteers and supporters to bring change. We believe that fundamental change will happen in Uganda with a shift in policies and practices, and when citizens, particularly women and youth, are able to exercise and claim their rights and responsibilities as enshrined in the Constitution and hold duty bearers to account.

We work to address some of the key issues that keep people in poverty, including extreme inequality, poor governance and corruption, climate change, human-caused and natural disasters, gender-based violence, lack of access to resources and incomes, especially for the vulnerable groups like women, youth and pastoralists. 

Our Strategic priorities

Oxfam’s global strategic goals include contributing to achieving more profound and lasting change in the lives of people living with poverty and injustice. We’re creating a world-wide influencing network in order to unite the power of local organizations, who share a common vision for change. Adequately resourced, local organizations are best-positioned to influence and actively participate in the fight against the injustice of poverty.

In line with this, Oxfam in Uganda is bringing together the joint skillsets of its staff and partners (humanitarian, long-term development, and advocacy) in order to achieve change at the national level. We do this by building networks, platforms and coalitions with like-minded civil society actors who campaign with us and lobby duty-bearers to bring about change. Oxfam in Uganda also supports and engages in Oxfam’s global campaigns, guaranteeing that Uganda is present on the world’s most pressing issues. We are committed to supporting thought leadership through. 

In Uganda, Oxfam:

Builds active citizenship around tax and budget allocations, extractive industries and women’s leadership.

We address land and seed rights for women and pastoralists. We work with the private sector on issues like climate change, youth employment, and unpaid care work for women.

We strengthen local humanitarian capacity as well as respond directly to humanitarian crises.

All our work has a deliberate focus on the protection and promotion of women's rights, and we campaign to end all violence against women and girls.