Founded in 1995, Oxfam International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the waste and injustice of poverty. This is accomplished through an international confederation of thirteen affiliates working through local organizations in over 100 countries. While the individual Oxfam groups have different histories and programs, all have the common purpose of addressing the structural causes of poverty and related injustices.
Communication and coordination between different branches is conducted through the Oxfam International Secretariat, a small team of staff based in Oxford, UK. The Washington Advocacy Office lobbies the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations on issues agreed on by the 11 members. Oxfam International's Education Now Campaign seeks to break the cycle of illiteracy in developing countries by getting more children to school.