Oxfam-Wereldwinkels knows through experience that trade is a powerful motor for development, but only when producers in the south get a fair chance to trade on the international market. Oxfam-Wereldwinkels shows that things could be different. To achieve this, we buy our products directly from some forty groups of producers in the south and support the development of a small group of partners.
Oxfam does not just offer an outlet and a fair price to its trading partners. These organised groups of producers also get a Fairtrade bonus which is invested in projects and benefits the community as a whole. Moreover, Oxfam helps its partners using pre-financing. These advance payments for contracts enable cooperatives to buy commodities from farmers and pay them up front.
A number of Oxfam-Wereldwinkels’ partners do not (yet) meet the rigorous criteria of the international market. Oxfam therefore supports its more fragile partner organisations through development cooperation. Generally speaking, they have neither the means nor the skills to gain Fairtrade certification, for example. We therefore give these developing partners a considerable helping hand to enable them to ultimately operate on the international market.
We make organisations less vulnerable through knowledge sharing.
We do this by improving their internal capacity and by organising training which will enable organisations to demand a voice at the international negotiating table. What's more, we make them less vulnerable by sharing information about international prices, certification, quality and supply chains. We also encourage cultural diversification with these partners to reduce their reliance on a single commodity.
There is a partnership fund which supports various projects run by the groups of producers with which Oxfam-Wereldwinkels collaborates. The fund is there to respond to serious and unforeseen situations. For example, it helps find sustainable solutions to structural problems.