We’ve all heard of global charity Oxfam; their determination and persistence in the fight against poverty has resulted in an international organisation that has made a huge difference to many people’s lives across the globe.

Not many, however, are aware that Oxfam was actually founded in Oxford (hence the ‘Ox’ prefix) by a group of local academics and social activists and was originally titled ‘The Oxford Committee for Famine Relief.’ Begun in 1948, the charity was an immediate success and 1963 saw the first oversees Oxfam opening in Canada; it now operates in almost 100 countries throughout the world.

Another thing you may not be aware of – Oxfam is also a publishers, with a range of huminatarian-related books and journals, as well as training resources and reports. Of course students and workers within these sectors will no doubt find these of extreme interest but what’s on offer for everyone else? This was my initial thought when I found out about Oxfam publications but then I came across ‘Ox Travels’ and realised I need worry no longer; now I could both help the charity and grab a good read with my book purchase – just what I was after!

And a good read I most definitely got, too. With an introduction by Michael Palin and a stellar host of travel writers recounting some of their most memorable moments in everywhere from Sumatra to Sierra Leone, this was a fascinating insight into foreign lands. All proceeds go to Oxfam and its predecessor ‘Ox Tales’ raised more than £110,000 for their work – a great title then to start off your new year’s reading list!

One Response to “Oxfam”
  1. readingdelights says:

    Hi Vicky, I didn’t know that Oxfam also entertains a publishing division – great to know! And the book sounds really tempting!

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