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Projects Direct FAQs

  • How does Projects Direct work ?

    Projects Direct are carefully chosen from projects submitted by Oxfam regional offices around the world. We choose a variety of locations and themes, but all projects help local communities to improve their daily lives.

    All Projects Direct fit into Oxfam's national, regional and global strategies for change. Oxfam project managers across the world let us know about important projects which they need funding for and we share this information here on the Projects Direct website. We then need your donations to make them happen. Local organisations, local communities and Oxfam work together on these projects and we report back to you on their progress.

  • Who can support Projects Direct ?

    Everyone! We welcome donations from individuals, groups, companies, trusts and foundations. Contact us to find out more. Your donation goes directly to the project you choose.


    Individual donors:

    Emma Learner - elearner1@oxfam.org.uk
    01865 472108

    Trusts and Foundations:
    Kylie Sheaf - ksheaf@oxfam.org.uk 
    01865 473578
     
    Companies:
    Peter William Hall - pehall@oxfam.org.uk
    01865 473445

    If you're based in Scotland:
    Angus Nelson - anelson1@oxfam.org.uk
    0141 285 8863


  • Why do we need your help ?

    Your donations make positive change in developing countries possible. Oxfam carefully chooses local organisations that we work with to respond to the needs of their communities. We also have good links with local and national governments, but we need your donations to make a difference.

  • Where are Projects Direct happening ?

    Across the world - we try to keep a good spread of projects across the regions and countries where we work. In 2016/17, there are projects already confirmed in: Bolivia, Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and South Sudan - take a look at our projects page for full details.

  • When do the projects take place ?

    Projects have an annual cycle from the start of April to the end of March, and we will send you reports half way through that time and at the end. Most Projects Direct last for more than one year - the project description will explain the stage that this project is embarking on this year.

  • What happens if not enough money is raised for the project ?

    Each of the projects has a total budget which is worked out by the project manager. Our goal is to raise enough money to cover all project activities during the year. To make sure that the project can go ahead, Oxfam acts like a bank, providing money from our general funds to keep work going. We aim to raise enough money to pay back our general fund, so that those funds can then go wherever the need is greatest

  • Why not just give directly to our partners in the area?

    Oxfam almost always works with local partner organisations, which we ensure are carefully chosen. So why shouldn't you just donate to them directly? Choosing to support local communities through Oxfam has some big advantages:

    We spread learning

    Oxfam nurtures and builds the skills and abilities of local individuals and communities, so they can do more for themselves. 

    We're responsible
    Oxfam makes sure that project implementation is monitored and evaluated. And we track how money is spent. 

    We're experienced 
    Oxfam works in around 90 countries around the world. This means that we can learn what works and use successful methods in other locations and we share what we've learnt. 

    We look at the big picture
    All Oxfam projects are in the context of a long-term plan to develop a region, and we always 'plan to leave'. Our goal is to build local skills and experience so that communities can be in control of their own lives.

  • How do we choose the projects ?

    Suggestions for projects are submitted by project managers and funding co-ordinators in our regional offices. They are part of Oxfam's wider strategy for the region.

    We always receive more suggestions than we can possibly use and choosing between them is incredibly difficult. We therefore select projects with a range of locations and themes, which show best practice that we can apply in other places.

  • When do we choose new projects ?

    Oxfam updates Projects Direct at the end of March (the end of our financial year). At this point we update information on multi-year projects for the coming year, and launch new projects starting in April.

  • How much should I give ?

    You can give any amount to Projects Direct, although our projects are aimed mainly at donors who wish to make a larger gift of £10,000 or more. Talk to our team to discuss how much you might give or make a donation:


    Individual donors:

    Emma Learner - elearner1@oxfam.org.uk
    01865 472108

    Trusts and Foundations:
    Kylie Sheaf - ksheaf@oxfam.org.uk 
    01865 473578
     
    Companies:
    Peter William Hall - pehall@oxfam.org.uk
    01865 473445

    If you're based in Scotland:
    Angus Nelson - anelson1@oxfam.org.uk
    0141 285 8863


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