Oxfam India works to address root causes of poverty and inequality. We see poverty as a problem where people are deprived of opportunities, choices, resources, knowledge and protection. Poverty is something more than mere lack of income, health and education. It is also people's frustration on being excluded from decision-making. While the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the guiding framework under which Oxfam India functions, we also derive our mandate from the Constitutional Rights promised to every citizen of the country.
Persistent poverty and inequality is not just a violation of basic human rights of the people but it also undermines economic growth of a nation by wasting talents and human resources. It leads to a skewed society where power and decision-making remains in the hands of a few, leading to greater conflicts and undermining social cohesion.
Oxfam seeks to address this through a Rights Based Approach where people are seen as the bearers of civil, political and social and economic rights. At the same time, institutions, both state and non-state, are seen as duty bearers to guarantee and provide those rights to the people. It is also important to underline that without augmenting people's ability to exercise them, the rights would be meaningless.
Organizational values and competencies define acceptable standards which govern the behaviour of individuals within the organization. They set common norms of dealing with each other while working to achieve the organizational goals and objectives. Oxfam believes that the below mentioned values are core to its vision and would seek to promote them through its work.
a. To social justice and poverty
b. Demonstrate passion
c. Walking that extra mile
d. Flexible and adaptable
e. Demonstrate openness to learning, innovation, change and growth
a. Consistency and predictability
b. Adhering to the organizational values
c. Being fair, (objective) impartial in decision making.
d. Self awareness
a. Respect difference and welcome alternative viewpoints
b. Values team work
c. Creating a diverse workforce and creating an environment to retain that workforce.
d. Treat people equitably
e. Gender , Diversity - religious, ethnicity, caste
a. Active listening
b. Engaging with and respecting different points of view
c. Respecting differences
d. Giving critical/constructive feedback - in a sensitive way.
e.Giving support in setting priorities
f. Enabling space for being heard