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Oxfam Ireland

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Charity no. 100848 Date registered. 03/07/2015

Public benefits

We work to both relieve and prevent poverty by creating lasting solutions. Using a rights-based approach, we provide practical support for the long-term development efforts of communities and people affected by chronic poverty. Lives are improved and this is reinforced by advocacy and campaigning work on major issues such as climate change,

international trade, provision of government services relating to HIV care and addressing the structures that keep people in poverty. The benefits which flow from this purpose include: -Improved access to land and other natural resources through securing land rights for pastoralist farming communities -Improved livelihood opportunities and enhanced and sustained livelihoods for pastoralist farming communities and for poor rural farmers, particularly women, through training, business development, micro finance and access to export opportunities -Reduced vulnerability of pastoralist communities to the impact of drought and climate change -Improved access for orphans and vulnerable children to education services -Safer environments for women at risk of gender-based violence and greater awareness of their rights and opportunities -Greater awareness among vulnerable communities on how they can demand their rights and hold the relevant authorities/institutions to account -Greater awareness among the public in Northern Ireland of the underlying causes of global poverty and injustice and the public channels through which they can engage with our work to bring about positive change -Reformed and improved policies and practices by businesses and institutions We save lives in humanitarian crises and strengthen people’s ability to cope with future emergencies. We have specific expertise in water, sanitation and public health promotion to minimise fatalities in times of crisis and to limit further risks to already vulnerable people. We also work to reduce the impact of HIV and AIDS through improving access to treatment, care and support services. The benefits which flow from this purpose include: -Reduced risk of death and illness and improved availability of vital, life-saving supplies for people during an emergency through the provision of clean water and sanitation -Strengthened resilience of vulnerable populations to shocks and crises -Improved protection for vulnerable people, particularly women and girls, during an emergency -Improved access to treatment, care and support services for people affected by and living with HIV and AIDS including improved nutrition and improved mental health through psychological and social support -Greater access to information about HIV and AIDS for people who may be at risk and information on how to protect themselves from infection -Positive changes in attitudes towards people living with HIV These benefits are demonstrated through ongoing monitoring, evaluation and learning linked to a results-based management approach that sets out clear outcomes, objectives and outputs with related indicators and specific time-bound targets. We place great importance on accountability to all stakeholders andfocus on demonstrating the impact of our work and the changes to which it is contributing. We prioritise a range of measures to help us track progress and generate evidence of impact and assess the progress in a variety of different ways to ensure success. There is no harm or private benefit flowing from these purposes The charity’s beneficiaries are people living in severe poverty in parts of East, Central and Southern Africa and those affected by sudden onset emergencies and chronic crises worldwide. The beneficiaries are defined by common characteristics depending on the programme as follows: • Livelihoods (enhancing and sustaining) • Women’s rights (promoting, protecting and supporting) • HIV and AIDS (reduction incidence and impact) • Geographical area (primary characteristic defining beneficiaries in an emergency)

What your organisation does

Oxfam Northern Ireland, together with Oxfam Republic of Ireland, is an independent affiliate member of the global Oxfam International Confederation . Our purpose is to help create lasting solutions to the injustice of poverty. Our role is to enable transformational change; to open political space, building capacity and sharing technical

expertise, raising funds and public support, leveraging our own resources to multiply funds, providing strategic funding to partners and carrying out humanitarian work that integrates life-saving response in times of crisis with building resilience We focus on three key areas as follows: • Practical support for the long-term development efforts of communities and people affected by chronic poverty • The urgent relief of suffering caused by humanitarian crises, whether natural or man-made • Campaigning & advocacy to change the policies and practices of public and private institutions that effect the lives of people living in poverty In order to achieve our purpose, we raise funds from government, trusts and other foundations, through our chain of shops and via fundraising events, legacies and from the general public. We also work to raise public awareness on the underlying causes of global poverty and injustice and offer the public a variety of channels through which they can engage with our work to bring about positive changes in the lives of people who are living in poverty. We campaign and lobby key decision-makers and institutions to bring about pro poor policy changes at all levelsand we bring the voices of the poor to key-decision-making forums.

The charity’s classifications

  • The prevention or relief of poverty
  • The advancement of health or the saving of lives
  • The relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage

Who the charity helps

  • Hiv/aids
  • Men
  • Overseas/developing countries
  • Specific areas of deprivation
  • Victim support
  • Voluntary and community sector
  • Volunteers
  • Women
  • Youth (14-25 year olds)

How the charity works

  • Advice/advocacy/information
  • Community development
  • Community enterprise
  • Counselling/support
  • Economic development
  • Education/training
  • Gender
  • Grant making
  • Human rights/equality
  • Overseas aid/famine relief
  • Relief of poverty
  • Rural development
  • Volunteer development

This display is a broad summary of the charity’s financial information. For a full understanding of the charity’s finances, the reader should view the PDF accounts and reports under the Documents tab above.





Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2021

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2020

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2019

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charitable purposes

With the view to carrying on the charitable activities mentioned in the sub-clause (B) of this clause to take over and acquire whole or any part of the real and personal property of Oxfam relating to the activities of Oxfam in Northern Ireland and to co-operate (inter alia) with Oxfam International and Oxfam ROI to ensure that such activities are effectively conducted. To relieve poverty, distress suffering in any part of the world( including starvation, sickness or any physical disability or affliction) and primarily when arising from any public calamity ( including famine, earthquake, pestilence, war or civil disturbance) or the immediate or continuing results of want of natural or artificial resources or the means to develop them and whether acting alone or in association with others; and in particular, but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, for that purpose to provide food, healing, clothing, shelter, training and education and to or assist in work calculated directly to achieve that purpose; and in connection therewith to educate the public concerning the nature, causes and effects of poverty , distress and suffering as aforesaid, to conduct and procure research concerning these and to publish or otherwise make the results thereof available to the public.

Governing document

Memorandum and Articles

Other name

Oxfam Ireland
  • 10 Trustees
  • 150 Employees
  • 1,200 Volunteers

Contact details

Public address

  • Mr Frank Long, Oxfam Ireland, Elizabeth House Suite 1, 116 118 Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NY

Trustee board

Dr Susan Murphy
Prof Mary Murphy
Mr Andrew Mccracken
Ms Deirdre Grant
Mr Alf Smiddy
Ms Catherine Gaynor
Ms Yvonne Byrne
Mr Donal Rooney
Ms Joyce Bourne
Ms Nellie Nyang'wa

Areas of operation

List of regions

  • In Ireland
  • In Northern Ireland
  • In The Uk
  • Internationally
  • Colombia
  • Democratic Republic Of The Congo
  • Malawi
  • Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Republic Of Ireland
  • Republic Of South Sudan
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Yemen
  • Zimbabwe