Oxfam Novib began as Novib in 1956, the first politically independent and non-religious development organisation in the Netherlands. Assistance’, or ‘the dole’ in its more common Dutch meaning, became ‘development co-operation’. Oxfam tackled poverty on all fronts: from support to development projects to pressure on businesses, governments and international institutions.
In 1994 it joined Oxfam International, a confederation of fourteen development agencies. Hence it is called Oxfam Novib. Together it reaches to about 100 million people in about 100 countries. It campaigns worldwide for, e.g., Education for All, and Make Trade Fair.
Oxfam is a funding partner of Buksh Foundation and funds it for research purposes.