In 2017-18, Oxfam responded to 49 emergencies and delivered lifesaving aid to millions of people. Our emergency response partners, including IKEA Foundation, Unilever, Arup and Waterstones, help make it possible for Oxfam to respond immediately to humanitarian disasters, reaching people as rapidly as possible and making the difference between life and death for those in need.
Today, these partnerships have never been more important. More than 135 million people need humanitarian aid, and 30 million affected by war are unable to access aid. Ever more frequent conflicts, extreme weather and natural disasters are creating major health risks, displacing communities, destroying homes and damaging livelihoods. The most vulnerable are the hardest hit, particularly women and children. And with a widening funding gap for aid, the global humanitarian system is being stretched to near breaking point.
At any one time, Oxfam’s global humanitarian team is responding to 25 emergencies worldwide. We protect women, men and children from violence and bring life-saving aid in the form of food, safe water, shelter, money and medical supplies, and help to prevent the spread of disease. Oxfam also campaigns for the rights of people caught up in conflict and disaster, and help communities build their resilience to emergencies.
Oxfam works with our corporate emergency partners to scale our work in three ways:
- We raise funds from companies and their philanthropic foundations, inviting donations in advance to our disaster relief fund
- We create opportunities to engage employees and consumers in raising funds
- We harness pro bono expertise, working to address critical humanitarian issues by leveraging our partners’ skills, knowledge, products and services.
Why partner with Oxfam?
With more than 70 years’ experience, Oxfam is of the world's leading providers of humanitarian aid, supporting nearly 1 in 10 of the men, women and children in humanitarian crises. We have globally recognised expertise in fields including safe water, sanitation, public health, food security, and protecting civilians, with a strong reputation for promoting women’s rights.
Participating in Oxfam’s disaster relief efforts enables companies to support pressing humanitarian crises and promote sustainable development. It also strengthens brand purpose and drives employee loyalty and consumer engagement, with the vast majority (91%) of consumers looking favourably on companies involved in disaster recovery efforts.