Vision, mission and beliefs

Credit / Cydnabyddiaeth: Adam Patterson/Oxfam
Credit / Cydnabyddiaeth: Adam Patterson/Oxfam

Our vision

Our vision is a just world without poverty. We want a world where people are valued and treated equally, enjoy their rights as full citizens, and can influence decisions affecting their lives.

Our mission

Our purpose is to help create lasting solutions to the injustice of poverty. We are part of a global movement for change, empowering people to create a future that is secure, just, and free from poverty. We work to end poverty locally and globally, making this central to public and political life in Wales.

Achieving our mission

In Wales, we use a combination of rights-based sustainable development programmes, campaigns, advocacy and influencing to challenge the structural causes of poverty. We create opportunities to help young people in schools and colleges develop the knowledge, understanding, values and attitudes needed for global citizenship.

Crucially, we support women, because despite the great progress made against poverty in the last few decades, many millions of women and girls are still trapped in lives of hardship and fear by discrimination and abuse. Therefore, at Oxfam Cymru we put women at the heart of all we do to help end the injustice of poverty for everyone, for good.

We work with allies and partners locally and globally to achieve this.

Our beliefs

Everyone has a right to realise their potential, and to live free of poverty in a secure and more equitable world. We believe that with the necessary action and political will, this world is possible.

People have a right to life and security; to a sustainable livelihood; to be heard; to have an identity; and to have access to basic social services. We subscribe to all international covenants on rights, and to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Women and girls are often the most oppressed by poverty; their needs and rights must be central to eliminating it. Time after time, we’ve seen how women who can get an education, earn a fair living and enjoy independent lives can leave poverty behind – and bring their families and communities with them.

In poverty, people have little power and are denied an effective voice. Poverty means little income, too few assets, lack of access to basic services and opportunities, deep inequalities, ongoing insecurity and little opportunity for development.

Poverty is rooted in inequality, and in human action or inaction. It can be worsened by natural disasters, human violence, oppression and environmental damage, and maintained by institutions and economic means.

Women and girls are often the most oppressed by poverty; their needs and rights must be central to eliminating it.

We face unprecedented changes and challenges this century, including climate change, famines and food price crises, increasing humanitarian crises, energy limitations, proliferation of weapons, urbanization, and natural resources shortages. To meet these challenges, we need global co-operation and cohesion.

Governments should be accountable to their people, and all society’s institutions – corporations, organisations and groups including us – should be accountable for the impact of their actions.

We are secular, open-minded and pluralistic. We welcome all beliefs that advance human rights.