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Oxfam, Oxfam House, John Smith Drive, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 2JY

Telephone0870 333 2700
Background Information

Oxfam is a leading international development and disaster relief charity (no. 202918). Oxfam began life as the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief, founded by, amongst others, Canon TR Milford and Professor Gilbert Murray, as part of a national network under the Famine Relief Committee, to aid war-time refugees. In the post-war period, Oxfam's focus moved to the developing world, and it now works in a wide range of areas, including: trade, aid and debt; education; health and HIV/AIDS; gender equality; conflict; climate change and natural disasters; human rights. Oxfam is one of the member agencies of the Disasters Emergency Committee. Oxfam also helped to establish the Fairtrade Foundation. The current name, originally the organisation's telegraph address, was adopted in 1965. Source:

Year Created1942
Other Names / Antecedent Bodies

Oxford Committee for Famine Relief

Related Organisations

Famine Relief Committee; Fairtrade Foundation; Disasters Emergency Committee; Trade Justice Movement; Stop Climate Chaos; CORE Scotland; Labour Behind the Label; UK Food Group

KeywordsClimate change & global warming; Consumption, consumer action & corporate accountability; Education; Environment and conservation; Equality, discrimination and prejudice; Gender; Governance and citizenship; HIV/AIDS; Human rights and civil liberties; Ill-Health, medicine, counselling and rehabilitation; International development and humanitarian aid; War, conflict and pacifism.
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